Danny Alexander introduces Ginger Rodent beer to the Commons bar

If there is one issue that could unite Social Liberal Forum co-chair Gareth Epps and Danny Alexander, it’s beer. Gareth is a huge supporter of the Fair Deal for your local campaign, as any self-respecting CAMRA member should be. Danny is also a huge supporter of the micro breweries in his constituency. I spent a very pleasant evening sampling Loch Ness Brewery’s wares with his staff last Summer and hope to do the same next month.

It was the Cairngorm Brewery, though, who responded to Harriet Harman’s insult of Danny Alexander by producing a Ginger Rodent beer.

Tonight, that beer is on offer in Strangers’ Bar in the Palace of Westminster. Danny Alexander tweeted a picture of himself and Harriet Harman pouring that first pint.

Revenge is a beer best served not too cold.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • David Wilkinson 3rd Jul '13 - 9:22am

    The fact there are 13 places in the Place of Westminister were you can buy alcohol says a lot about our so called betters and government as the cheek to talk about the perils of drink .

  • David White 3rd Jul '13 - 9:40am

    A great story; wonderful!

  • Simon Banks 3rd Jul '13 - 11:23am

    David Wilkinson:

    Perhaps, and heavy drinking by some MPs is famous, but don’t equate drink being available or enjoying a beer with alcohol abuse.

  • Richard Shaw 3rd Jul '13 - 12:21pm

    David Wilkinson,

    Given there are over 650 MPs, 800+ Peers and hundreds of other staff, interns, etc. to cater for, the number of separate establishments is not such as great a cause for moral outrage. Would fewer, larger venues be less outrageous?

  • Heavily subsidised no doubt?

  • Whilst the introduction of Progressive Beer Duty has been a good thing, and has encouraged the creation of many micro breweries we shouldn’t be blind to the debate that is going on in the sector about the UK implementation of PBD which has created a divide between those brewing above and below 5,000hl [1 hectolitre = 100 litres] and serves as a strong disincentive for micro breweries to grow beyond this point.

    Other than that, it is great to see distinctive real British beer being served in the Palace of Westminster [Aside:Will it be right to use the the terms British etc. in the context of a devolved Scotland?]

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