MPs sip on pints of Docks Beers to get them through tough Brexit week

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Mar 2019

MPs looking for refreshment after a grinding week of Brexit votes were able to sip Grimsby-brewed ale in Parliament’s bar.

Docks Beers was chosen as the guest ale in Strangers’ Bar, the exclusive pub for MPs located in the basement of the House of Commons, with the Grimsby brewery supplying a healthy number of kegs to keep politicians topped-up during a trying week.

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In fact, the Hard Graft session pale ale was installed behind the bar on the same day as MPs delivered a second crushing defeat to Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday.

Grimsby MP Melanie Onn – once a former assistant bar manager – did the honours in pulling pints for the first parliamentarians in the queue, having helped secure Docks Beers a guest ale slot for the week.


Docks Beers director Will Douglas and Grimsby MP Melanie Onn unveil Hard Graft as the guest ale in MPs' Strangers Bar (Image: Docks Beers)

“We’ve had MPs from Bristol, London and Boston try some – it is going doing well,” said the Labour frontbencher.

“It is good to have a local business being represented and this is a good way of getting the name out there.”

Director Will Douglas said MPs swigging pints of Grimsby-made ale was a “great” way of topping off a good week for the town.

“It was fantastic to have Theresa May visit Orsted last week and now to have Docks Beers here this week – to have Grimsby in the spotlight twice in five days is great,” he said.

Director Will Douglas travelled to London in the brewery's Docks Beers-branded 1979 Chevrolet GMC pick-up truck (Image: Docks Beers)

Docks Beers, the marketing name of northern Lincolnshire’s Axholme Brewing Company, has a taproom and shop in King Edward Street in Grimsby, which is also home to its 15-barrel brewing kit.

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Mr Douglas – who runs the business alongside fellow directors Mike Richards and Shahram Shadan – said it was a “no-brainer” to pick the company’s Hard Graft session pale ale, at four per cent alcohol volume, from their three-beer range.

“Our session ale has become synonymous with the brewery – choosing that was a no-brainer,” said Mr Douglas, who drove the Docks Beers-branded 1979 Chevrolet GMC pick-up to London to see the first pints being pulled in Westminster.

“We wanted something the MPs could drink and enjoy after a day of hard grafting in the chamber, especially today when we know that they have been around and voting on Brexit.”



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