MPs set to slake their thirst with a pint of Sudbury’s finest Pickwick Bitter

Steve Sims, owner of Mauldons' Brewery in Sudbury with South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge at the brewe

Steve Sims, owner of Mauldons' Brewery in Sudbury with South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge at the brewery in Church Field Road - Credit: Archant

Some of the country’s most challenging issues could be thrashed out this summer over a pint of bitter brewed in west Suffolk.

That is after South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge persuaded buyers at the House of Commons’ main bar to make Pickwick Bitter, brewed by Mauldons in Sudbury, available to his fellow members as a ‘guest beer’.

He was particularly impressed with the 4.2% proof traditional brew when he visited Mauldons Black Adder Brewery at its Church Field Road premises a fortnight ago.

Steve Sims, owner of the multi award winning micro brewery, said he was “absolutely thrilled” that Mauldons’ beer would be exposed to such a high profile audience.

“James visited the brewery and within two weeks he managed to get our beer on tap in the Strangers’ Bar at the House of Commons,” Mr Sims said.

“It is due to be available there from July 20 which is brilliant for us. There’s something quite prestigious about being involved with Parliament and we are hoping this kind of exposure might lead to other things for us.”

Mr Cartlidge said he was looking forward to seeing MPs “slaking their thirst with a pint of Sudbury’s finest just as the summer is reaching its hottest period”.

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He added: “When I visited the microbrewery on May 29, I discussed with Steve and his team how exciting it would be if we could get one of their ales on the pump in the House of Commons and I am delighted that so soon after that, we have had confirmation that their Pickwick Bitter will be the Strangers’ Bar in July.

“Microbrewers play an important part in our economy but it is a competitive sector and I am pleased to do what I can to promote and champion local producers.”

Mauldons is no stranger to the spotlight having won numerous awards for its brews including the Eastern Region SIBA BeerX award for its blackberry porter last year.

In 2012, the brewery picked up three accolades in the Society of Independent Brewers’ annual awards, including being named overall champion, again for its blackberry porter.

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