MPs will have a chance to sample one of Stafford's finest award winning beers this month [February] as local MP Jeremy Lefroy brings the ale to parliament.
Mr Lefroy has secured a guest ale spot for Top Totty - which is brewed by Stafford Company Slater’s Ales - in the Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons, which is frequented by MPs and visitors to Parliament.
The Strangers bar will serve the 4.0% proof blonde ale for a week.
Mr Lefroy nominated the beer for a guest ale slot following a recent visit to the brewery, he said:
“This is a great opportunity to showcase a fantastic and award winning beer. Slater’s Brewery produces many popular beers which have been brewed locally for more than 15 years and it is great to be able to share some of Staffordshire’s finest produce with colleagues in Parliament.”
Slater's Ales - formerly known as Eccleshall Brewery - is a family run brewery which was established in March 1995 in its original premises behind the George Hotel in Eccleshall by Ged and Moyra Slater. In 2004, due to increasing demand the Brewery moved to a new facility in St Albans Road, Stafford.
Over the past twelve years Slater's Ales have won numerous awards from both SIBA and CAMRA at both local and national levels. These include winning:
- West Midlands Beer of the Year three times winner with Bitter and Supreme
- Won Silver and Bronze with Bitter.
- Supreme has also won Bronze in Best Bitter Category twice at GBBF.
- SIBA Midlands 2006 we won Gold for Top Totty in the Specialty Beer Category and Bronze overall.
The beer has previously featured as a guest ale in 2007.
*** Update on coverage of 02/02/2012 ***
Responding to comments on the story, Mr Lefroy today said:
“Slater’s Ale, an independent family run brewery in my constituency, produce this award winning beer, which has proved very popular as a guest ale in many local pubs across the country. The beer has been on sale in the Strangers bar in the House of Commons since Tuesday [31st January]. It is the second time it has featured as a guest ale, first appearing in 2007.
“I invited Slater’s to put forward a guest ale to the bar following a visit to the brewery site in Stafford as I am keen to support local businesses and British beer. This is their top selling and award winning beer and proved popular with House of Commons drinkers in 2007.
“These guest ale slots offer a very welcome opportunity for small independent breweries, like Slater’s, to reach a wider audience with their products, some of which have cheeky names. However, I can understand that some people may take offence to the marketing, which I am sorry about.”