Ludlow Constituency MP Philip Dunne was at the House of Commons to help Wistanstow brewer Edward Wood pour the first pints of W•P•B Athletes’ Ale in the Strangers’ Bar.
The beer is brewed by Wood’s to commemorate the famous Olympian links of Much Wenlock, the birthplace of William Penny Brookes who is widely accredited as the founder of the modern Olympic Games.
Brookes organised the first Wenlock Olympian Games in 1850 and they are still held annually. The modern Olympics were first staged in Athens in 1896 after Brookes invited their organiser, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to witness the Wenlock games. Coubertin subsequently transferred the format to the larger, grander occasion typified by the London games that are about to get under way.
The Commons ordered five barrels of Athletes’ Ale and Mr Dunne said: “I’m delighted we have a local beer associated with the Olympian tradition on sale here in the Commons so close to the start of the London games.”
Edward Wood said: “Having the ale in Parliament now can only be good for spreading the word about the great beers we produce in Shropshire.”
Mr Dunne is a long-standing supporter of independent local brewers as providers of valuable jobs in rural areas. Three years ago he helped judge the best beers at the Small Independent Brewers’ Association finals for Wales and the West region (which includes Shropshire) when it was first held in Ludlow.If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!