Parliament bar gets a taste of Bodmin
A Cornish brewery is winning a new audience after making its debut in one of the country's most exclusive venues.
Bodmin-based Harbour Brewing Company's light ale is now on sale in the Strangers' Bar in the Houses of Parliament, thanks to the efforts of North Cornwall MP and real ale enthusiast Dan Rogerson.
MPs are regularly given the opportunity to have beers from breweries in their constituencies put on in the Strangers' Bar – a venue open to MPs and Parliamentary officials and their guests.
Mr Rogerson, vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, said it was a real pleasure to see a taste of Bodmin on sale in London.
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"Harbour Brewing Co are already making a great contribution to brewing, tourism and the local economy in North Cornwall.
"As a supporter of this exciting and growing industry, I was delighted to arrange for Harbour Light Ale to be served in the House of Commons.
"Parliamentarians, staff and visitors enjoyed trying this quality Cornish ale and it's a sign that Harbour is taking its place alongside the more established breweries in our region."
The micro-brewery was launched in 2012 and operates from a farm site a couple of miles outside Bodmin.
Business partners Eddie Lofthouse and brewer Rhys Powell hatched their plan to open a new brewery having met in a pub in Padstow.
The two men said they were delighted to see their beer on sale at such a prestigious venue.
"It's an honour to be invited to have a beer in the Strangers Bar – not many breweries achieve this," said Mr Lofthouse.
"Dan cut the ribbon when we opened the brewery last year and since then we've gone from strength to strength, with beers on sale not only around Cornwall but all over the country."