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Burton MP Andrew Griffiths handed own beer as ‘thank you’ for duty cut role

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

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BURTON’S MP has been rewarded for his role in helping to secure a second successive cut in beer duty with the creation of his very own drink.

Andrew Griffiths revealed that he was ‘delighted’ to receive his AG Ale for his work in getting the Chancellor to knock a penny off a pint during the recent Budget.

AG Ale is described as ‘clear, up front and straight to the point, delivering a blast of taste that leaves a light citrus tingle’ and was created by town brewer Marston’s.

He said: “I was completely shocked and surprised to receive my very own beer.

“I was delighted that they had gone to the time and trouble to create this to thank me for my efforts to get a further cut in beer duty.

“I always love to enjoy a glass of beer, a glass of Burton beer, even when it has a picture of my ugly mug on the bottle.

“However, I am not sure that it would be a great thing for beer sales, so I do not expect them to sell it commercially.”

The special ale was unveiled at Fuller’s Red Lion in Westminster, where the British Beer & Pub Association, Society of Independent Brewers and Campaign for Real Ale gathered with brewers, politicians and other industry friends to celebrate the historic repeat cut in beer duty.

The bottled beers are all badged with ‘The Local’s Hero Beer’ and an image of the individual, within a pub sign design, to reflect the importance of the beer duty cut to pubs as well as brewers. The beers have been produced in limited runs, in bottle only, as gifts.

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