Lilian Greenwood MP and fellow CAMRA member Alex Ball, Labour Councillor with responsibility for Housing and Regeneration, have teamed up with Nottingham’s Magpie Brewery to produce their own beer which is being launched at 5pm this Saturday at the Crafty Crow real ale and craft keg bar.
The idea to brew their own beer came after the Nottingham South MP nominated one of Magpie’s beers to appear in the Strangers bar in the House of Commons last year.
During Parliament’s Easter Recess, Lilian and Alex spent a morning at the Brewery where they were guided through the brewing process by Magpie’s experts to produce ‘Angry Bird’, a ruby red bitter coming in at 4%.
For every pint of ‘Angry Bird’ sold, 5 pence will go to local hearing loss charity the Ear Foundation.
Magpie Brewery has a local focus, uses green energy, re-use their bottles and only uses British malt and hops in all their beers.The brewery was also identified as one of Lilian’s favourite small independent businesses as part of Small Business Saturday last December.
Speaking before the launch Lilian said:
“As a real ale enthusiast, I was delighted when Magpie asked me if I wanted to try my hand at brewing my own beer. Alex and I really enjoyed getting our hands dirty down at the brewery and I can’t wait to see how our special recipe has turned out. I’ve been assured that it’s nice and hoppy and I’m really looking forward to tasting it for myself at the launch this Saturday.
“I’m proud to have Magpie Brewery based in my constituency and they continue to build on hundreds of years of proud Nottingham brewing history by producing great ales using all British ingredients.”
Cllr Alex Ball said:
"Pubs are good for our economy as well as for health and wellbeing and the City Council is keen to support them. Nottingham has got a great tradition of brewing and brewers like Magpie, that support British producers, are an important part of that.”
Sue Archbold, Chief Executive of the Ear Foundation said:
“I’m delighted that Lilian has chosen to sponsor the Ear Foundation through sales of ‘Angry Bird’. We’re currently raising funds to expand our hearing therapies centre and every pound raised will count towards reaching our target.”
Gavin Morrison, Head Brewer, Magpie Brewery said:
“It was great that Lilian and Alex wanted to be so involved in the entire brewing process, they got stuck in even with the messy jobs and really thought about the beer they wanted to design.
“The beer they chose to make is of course a ruby red ale and has plenty of British hop character to balance the malty base.
“We will be giving 5 pence per pint to her chosen charity the ear foundation.”