Wednesday 5 March 2008

Beer to Brussels!

Pictured: Nick Otley, Buster Grant and Charlie Otley at the Bibliotech Solvay

St Davids Day saw a delegation of brewers from Wales, along with their beers visit Brussels for the First Minister's Reception. Alongside the award-winning brews from Breconshire, Otley, Tomos Watkin and Brains breweries there was also a range of Welsh food provided by True Taste award winners, the annual food and drink competition run by the Welsh Assembly Government. The brewers wee on hand to answer questions about their products and explain the success of the Welsh brewing industry in recent years.

According to Breconshire brewer, Justin "Buster" Grant, "The invitations for this event were highly sought after and there was a very big positive response to our beers.

Nick Otley said "It was an enjoyable event, and it was great to get an acknowledgement from the First Minister - we're certainly hoping to be asked back to next year's event."

Both breweries agreed that it was an excellent positive step for the Welsh Assembly Government to be promoting Welsh real ales, especially in one of the most discriminating beer drinking cities in the world!

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