Workers at Manchester's Boddingtons brewery could be one step closer towards saving their jobs.
A European Union ruling could force Interbrew to stay in Manchester or change its advertising which claims the beer is "locally brewed".
Manchester Euro MP Arlene McCarthy is due to meet bureaucrats in the EU to see if the beers identity can provide legal grounds for keeping it in the city.
Newcastle Brown ale has its regional identity protected by the European Union's Protection of Geographical Indications (PGI) ruling, which means it can only be produced in the area from which it originated.
The Euro MP said: "Interbrew stakes its fame in the export market on the fact that Boddingtons is brewed locally, with over 200 years of brewing tradition.
She added that it would be misleading and a breach of trade description rules, for Boddingtons to continue to trade as a locally-brewed beer if it moves out of Manchester. She has now requested a meeting with Interbrew bosses in Belgium to discuss the situation.
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