Jonathan Reynolds MP

Representing the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield
labour and coop candidate jonathan reynolds

Brewers Send Taste of Home to Westminster

A SMALL brewery in the heart of Mossley is set to have one of its beers on tap in the House of Commons – at the request of local MP Jonathan Reynolds.  

Real ale enthusiasts Nick Boughton and Jon Hunt launched the Millstone Brewery in 2003.  

Since then they have built up a range of critically-acclaimed ales, which are available across the region.   And within weeks one of their most popular products – Three Shires Bitter – will be on tap at the Strangers Bar in the House of Commons.  

The House placed the order following a request from Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.   And on Friday (February 25, 2011) Mr Reynolds called in to the Millstone Brewery to check the special order was ready for delivery and to see first-hand how the brew is made.  

Following the visit Mr Reynolds said: “Millstone Brewery is one of a significant number of small but successful manufacturing industries that are based in Tameside.  

“And this was a great opportunity to take a closer look at their work and to hear about their experiences as a small business in our region.  

“Nick and Jon are clearly dedicated to what they do – and it’s great that their hard work has already been recognised with a number of awards.  

“I’m really looking forward to Three Shires Bitter being on tap in the House of Commons.  

“I will make a special point of highlighting it to my parliamentary colleagues – not only as a good pint but as one of the many business successes in the constituency.”  

Millstone Brewery is an eight barrel plant, based in a former textile mill, which specialises in beers which are full-bodied in taste and typically pale in colour.  

It was launched by Nick Boughton and Jon Hunt in 2003, when the pair had no previous experience of commercial brewing.   Four ‘regular’ beers – Three Shires Bitter, Vale Mill, Grain Storm Tiger Rut and True Grit – are available all year round. But the brewery also have a number of beers that are brewed on an occasional basis.  

Three Shires Bitter takes its name from its Mossley home, where it is nestled between the three ‘shires’ of Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Published on February 28, 2011


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