Nat Lofthouse beer on sale in House of Commons bar
9:51am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
A BEER brewed in Bolton and named after one of the town’s favourite sporting sons is on sale in the House of Commons bar.
The Lion of Vienna, brewed by Dunscar Bridge Brewery to commemorate the statue of Nat Lofthouse at the Reebok Stadium, is helping slake the thirst of Britain’s MPs.
The cask beer is on sale thanks to the sterling efforts of real ale fan — Bolton North East MP David Crausby.
Following a visit to Dunscar Bridge Brewery earlier this year the MP promised to get the beer on tap in the Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons.
To help him alert other cask ale loving MPs Mr Crausby enlisted the help of Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle — the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
It has proved a popular choice and Mr Crausby has enjoyed tasting it with fellow beer loving MPs.
He said: “As a Bolton Wanderers supporter it’s great to have the opportunity to drink beer associated with Nat Lofthouse in the House of Commons.
“It makes a nice change to have the opportunity to drink decent northern beer in the Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons.”
Dunscar Bridge Brewery operations director Gary Targett said: “We were delighted to show David around the brewery earlier this year. We know he enjoyed his visit to the brewery and to the Brewhouse pub where he tasted the beers.
“He said he would help to get our beer on the bar at the House of Commons and he has been as good as his word. We hear the Lion of Vienna is gaining a few fans.” The brewery is based on Dunscar Business Park off Blackburn Road, Bolton.
The bronze statue of Nat was unveiled at the Reebok in August.
Paid for with funds raised by fans and sponsors, it was constructed in time for what would have been the striker’s 88th birthday. He died in January, 2011.
The £100,000 statue is based on a photograph of Nat carrying a ball onto the pitch and was designed by artist Sean Hedges-Quinn.
It is especially poignant as Nat’s final words were “I’ve got the ball now, it’s a bit worn, but I’ve got it”.
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