Maghull microbrewery Neptune has been praised in Westminster.
Sefton Central’s Labour MP and Shadow Small Business and Pubs Minister Bill Esterson raised the profile of the local microbrewery in a debate on dramatic changes to pub legislation.
The debate, held on April 14th, saw the Shadow Small Business and Pubs Minister deliver a speech supporting changes that will allow pub tenant landlords to stock more locally produced real ale.
In his speech Bill said:
“I have three excellent new microbrewers in my constituency alone: Red Star, Neptune and Rock The Boat…. There is real consumer appetite for quality, locally-produced real ale. The monopoly on beer sales for pub companies and the breweries they own really does not reflect what consumers want to buy.”
The new legislation will allow pub tenants to opt out of buying exclusively from a small range of beers produced by the pub companies and breweries that own the pub. Instead, they will have the freedom to choose cask beer on the open market – including real ale and beer from the booming microbrewery industry.
The change in law has been hard-fought by Labour MPs and backbenchers across the House, as well as Fair Pint and CAMRA.
Speaking after the debate Bill said:
“The big six pub companies have a monopoly on the beer their pub tenants can sell. It isn’t what pub-goers want, and it isn’t what pub tenants want. For example, I enjoy visiting the Scotch Piper. It is popular because it sells quality beer and is run by some great people. But I want pubs like the Scotch Piper to have the option of buying beer directly from local Brewers rather than from the pub company. The Conservative Government has had to be dragged to the table at every point in the passage of these changes to the law. We’ve finally secured a better deal for pub tenants, pub-goers and microbrewers, and I look forward to enjoying a pint of real ale at more pubs in Lydiate and Maghull.”