A Nutfield brewing research centre has been chosen by the British Beer and Pubs Association (BBPA) to create a special limited-edition bottled beer - for Parliament. Campden BRI , which provides research, analysis and consultancy to the brewing, wine and spirits industry worldwide, was chosen to create a special ale for Whitehall.
The bottled beer was due to be given to members of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group by the BBPA at an event at the Houses of Parliament, as Life went to press this week.
The new brew was created a thank you to the beer group for their support in the campaign against the controversial beer duty escalator, which was finally scrapped last March. Ed Wray, Campden BRI’s brewer and maltster at the company’s brewing division in Nutfield, decided to brew a traditional British India Pale Ale (IPA), but using two new British hops – Jester and Endeavour. Mr Wray said: “We were honoured to be asked by the BBPA to create this special beer for Parliament. “Our pilot brewery, pilot maltings and bottling plant are normally used by companies to assist with their new product development. “But as our facilities can brew up to 100 litres of beer, they were ideal for creating this limited edition ale.”
Brigid Simmonds OBE, chief executive of the BBPA , said: “Campden BRI really does a fantastic job for British brewing. “To celebrate the great achievement of the 2013 cut in beer duty, they have come up trumps with a truly unique beer for MPs. “It’s a great beer that showcases a great British industry.” Campden BRI specialises in the practical application of technical excellence to support the food and allied industries through analysis and testing, operational support, research and innovation, and knowledge management. It is the world's largest membership-based food research organisation. Its activities include assuring the safety of food and drinks, food processing and manufacturing support, food analysis and testing, training and publishing. Each year it hosts hundreds of business visits and trains around 6,000 people from food and drink companies worldwide. .