Students brew up a success with local MP
Enterprising University of Sheffield students with a passion for real ale have brewed a new beer with Paul Blomfield MP, set to be sold across Sheffield and even in the Strangers Bar in the House of Commons.
The students brewed 2,500 pints of Bees Knees Bitter, a 4 per cent best bitter at Blue Bee Brewery in Neepsend, with the help of Mr Blomfield - a keen supporter of Sheffield’s thriving real ale industry. The beer will be officially launched this week (Wednesday 14 November 2012) at Sheffied Students’ Union.
The students are part of Sheffield Student Union’s Real Ale Society. President Nathan Rodgers said: “Taking a beer made by students in Sheffield to the bar in the House of Commons in Westminster is just an incredible prospect. Real Ale is often overlooked, but it's a big industry in Sheffield. In fact, the Sheffield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) found that Sheffield was the Beer Capital of the UK, so it's interesting to see how Sheffield, the former Steel City, has forged itself into this new artisan and cultural trade of brewing, with over 10 different microbreweries in Sheffield. It's really good to see a trade bucking the trend of the recession.
“Also, Sheffield is the only place in the UK to have the CAMRA best national pub of the UK, two years in a row - so it not only makes great beer, it also has many great and unique venues that sell the stuff.”
Paul Blomfield recently visited Blue Bee Brewery in Neepsend to try his hand at brewing, mixing the ingredients and throwing in the hops to the new beer.
Paul said: “It’s not every day that the opportunity to brew beer comes along, so I was delighted when the University of Sheffield’s Real Ale Society asked me to join in with their brewing. Sheffield’s growing micro-brewing industry is a real local success story so the plan is to promote this success by having the beer sold at Westminster as well as across Sheffield.”
Nathan said the Real Ale Society also want to challenge the stereotype of student drinkers and to bring people closer to the local origins of the product they consume. He said: “Whenever you see student drinking in the media it's always bad, it doesn't have to be that way – we like to promote a sensible and mature attitude towards drinking.
“By brewing our beer, it's a way of taking the anonymity out of that glass the bar man gives you in the pub. The drink has its own little story in a way- from the ingredients, to the farmers that grew the crops, to the people who made it.”
Bees Knees Bitter, brewed by the University of Sheffield’s Real Ale Society and Neepsend Brewery, will be on sale across Sheffield and in the Houses of Commons from 14 November 2012. To find out more, visit:
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