Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

24/07/13 - Barrels in Parliament’s cellar not gunpowder but Mere

As the hot summer sun beat down on the House of Commons terrace for many refreshment came in the form of a pint of Mere Blonde from the Burscough Brewing Company.


The thirst-quenching golden beer has been the guest ale in Parliament’s bars this last week.  Rosie Cooper MP was joined by brewery partners Andrew Brocken and Mike McCombe and their wives, Carole and Julie, as they visited Parliament.


After sitting through a fiercely fought Prime Ministers Questions a glass of Mere Blonde was called for as Rosie and guests popped into the Strangers Bar in the House of Commons.


Following the visit MP Rosie said:


“I was delighted to welcome Andrew, Carole, Mike and Julie to Parliament


“Burscough Brewing Company epitomises the fantastic quality beers being produced in micro-breweries across the country.  I believe it is important to celebrate and highlight their work.  It is for this reason I nominated their beer to be a guest ale in Parliament.


“Throughout the week, people from all over the country pass through the Strangers Bar.  I’m sure after a pint of Mere Blonde they’ll be asking the landlord of their local pub for more of Burscough Brewing Company’s beers.


“For those locally who’ve not had a chance to taste these fantastic beers you can always pop along to the Hop Vine in Burscough or perhaps the new Hop Inn Bier Shoppe in Ormskirk to give them a whirl.”


Andrew and Mike said:


“We are still a relatively young brewery.  When we started out less than 3 years ago we couldn’t have imagined being in Parliament drinking one of our beers.  It was a real honour and privilege for us all involved at Burscough Brewing Company.


“People seem to really enjoy the beers we make.  We aim to build on our relatively successful start and to continue making beers people can enjoy.


“We’d like to thank Rosie for her support for the brewery and for getting our beer served in Parliament.  It is great to see our local MP championing local brewing and small local businesses.”


Burscough Brewing Company has built a strong reputation for an excellent range of beers since it began production in November 2010.  Real ale fans can find their beers in pubs across the North West and beyond.


Rosie Cooper MP is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, which aims to support the work of local brewers and the role of pubs in our communities.


You can find more information about the Burscough Brewing Company at

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