Andrew Gwynne MP with Brigid Simmonds OBE, BBPA; Keith Bott, SIBA and Colin Valentine, CAMRADenton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has received a special award today, for his working in helping to secure last year’s historic cut in beer duty in the Budget. Andrew was presented with the new ‘Beer Champion’ award, including a truly unique new beer brewed especially for the occasion.

The special award is a joint initiative from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) all of whom wanted to recognize the role of Andrew Gwynne, who supported Britain’s national drink during 2013, especially for his support in scrapping the Beer Duty Escalator, which lead to the momentous cut in Beer Duty.

Brewing and pubs are vital to the local economy in every part of the country. All three bodies have joined forces again this year, and are campaigning for a freeze in duty in this year’s Budget on 19th March.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I am honoured to receive this award.  I know, talking to both local brewers and publicans across Tameside and Stockport just how important it was to secure the cut in the beer duty.  Pubs and clubs are an important part of our community, and yet the industry is really struggling to compete with cheap alcohol – often loss leaders – in our supermarkets.  That’s why it was right to campaign for the cut to beer duty.”

Campden BRI which provides research, analysis and consultancy to the brewing industry worldwide, was chosen to create the special limited-edition bottled beer for Parliament. The beer was brewed by Ed Wray, Campden BRI’s brewer and maltster at the company’s brewing division in Nutfield, Surrey.

Ed chose to brew a traditional, British India Pale Ale (IPA) using two new British hops – Jester and Endeavour. The company’s pilot maltings and bottling plant are normally used by companies to assist with new product development, so were ideal for creating this very limited edition ale.

Mike Benner, Chief Executive of CAMRA, comments:

“This reward recognises Andrew Gwynne for his invaluable support in the campaign to scrap the beer duty escalator. Andrew really helped in drawing attention to the harm caused by tax increases totaling 42 per cent over four years.”

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments:

“I want to thank Andrew for making a huge difference in achieving the historic duty cut in 2013. We are delighted to honour this achievement in the best way possible – with a great new beer.”

Keith Bott, SIBA chairman, said

“The small, local brewers, who make up the bulk of SIBA’s membership, applaud the work of Andrew Gwynne in the campaign to scrap the Beer Duty Escalator last year.  Brewers now feel more confident about the future of the UK’s brewing industry, and able to make long term business plans.”

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