Fight for local beer

Pub regulars battle to keep ale brewed nearby

Oct 31, 2006 - Patrons at a pub in rural England have organized to keep a favorite, and local, beer available on handpump.


The Lewes Arms' regulars have garnered 1,000 signatures on a petition to prove how much they want the pub to serve Harvey Best Bitter. Brewer Greene King bought the pub, located in Lewes, in 1998 and would like to sell only beers from its brewery, located some distance away in Suffolk. Those include Abbot Ale and Old Speckled Hen.

The mayor of the town and the local member of parliament have stepped into the fray to back the pub regulars, who also have the support of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

"Although Greene King is a good brewer, we think they should allow local choice," CAMRA spokesman Iain Loe said. "Harveys has a strong local following and is a prominent feature of the town. It seems to be ridiculous that they (Lewes Arms regulars) are in sight of the brewery but will be unable to drink its beers."

Published : Oct 31, 2006
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