Julian Smith MP raised a glass of beer with the team at Hambleton Ales, who celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2016, after spending a day at the brewery helping to brew a beer.

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After a tour of the brewery, Julian Smith MP rolled up his sleeves to ‘mash’ the day’s brew, with guidance from head brewer John Morgan. Mashing is the first stage in the brewing process, mixing malted barley with water and heating the mixture in a ‘mash tun’. The resulting beer was a batch of the brewery’s Gluten Free Ale, recently awarded Europe’s best Gluten Free beer in the World Beer Awards.

Julian Smith MP said, “I’ve enjoyed drinking beer for many years, and it was good to see again fully what goes into producing this great British product. It was fascinating to visit Hambleton Ales and become part of the brewing team for the day.

“British brewers produce some of the world’s finest beers whilst at the same time creating local jobs and helping local pubs to stay open. They are a great British success story and deserve our wholehearted support.”

After the visit, Julian Smith MP presented a certificate to Hambleton Ales owner, Nick Stafford, who said, “It was a pleasure to have Julian Smith MP brewing with us. The hands-on job of brewing beer is, I’m sure, rather different to their usual working day, but they embraced it with massive enthusiasm and helped us to produce a fine beer which will be enjoyed by many of their constituents.”

Julian Smith MP’s visit was part of a nationwide scheme organised by the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group to encourage MPs to brew at their local brewery and to learn more about brewing and the importance of breweries to our local and national economy.

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