Sinking pints with the Chancellor and beer industry bigwigs

By Snifter

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Industry bigwigs rush to be seen with the pub trade's new poster boy
Industry bigwigs rush to be seen with the pub trade's new poster boy

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Snifter lifted many pints in celebration of the beer duty escalator scrap and a penny off a pint at the Westminster Arms last night, with none other than the Chancellor George Osborne (well, along with many others at the same party).

Georgey-boy received a hero's welcome as he entered the room and even stayed for a quick pint of Spitfire ale.

Beer-lovers heard from All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group chair Andrew Griffiths who welcomed/embarrassed the group’s secretary Robert Humphreys as the only man in the room to celebrate the previous beer tax cuts in 1959.

BBPA chief Brigid Simmonds joked about the Bank of England having to hand out lots of 1p coins. And Mike Benner chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale added comments from a member: “It’s a pity CAMRA doesn’t run the country.” Snifter doesn’t know why anyone hadn’t thought of that before.

Pub champion and All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group chair Greg Mulholland turned up later, confessing he’d been at a spinning class in preparation for a long night ahead.

Unfortunately, and much to Snifter's disgust, also spotted was one industry doyen drinking a glass of wine - at a party celebrating the scrapping of the BEER duty escalator.

But then maybe she was confused as the door to the party did say, ‘Wine Bar’.

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