On Tuesday Dec 1st, a group of East Midlands brewers brought their wares to show-case them in Brussels, and to discuss issues facing the brewing industry with EU legislators. Bateman’s of Wainfleet, Lincs, chose to highlight their Christmas seasonal brew, Rosey Nosey — a warming beer with fruity overtones. The event took place in the Brewers of Europe Building a stone’s-throw from the European parliament.
Also represented was Everard’s Brewery from Leicester. Operations Director Nick Arthur brought over some welcome samples of Tiger.
We also had the Belvoir Brewery from Melton; Castle Rock and Church End Breweries from Nottingham; Davis’es Brewing Co (Grainstore) from Oakham; the Haywood Bad Ram Brewery from Ashbourne; Peak Ales from Bakewell; the Spire Brewery from Chesterfield, and Thornbridge Brewery from Ashford-in-the-Water.
Pictured is Bateman’s Marketing Director Jaclyn Bateman with a bottle of Rosey Nosey. I was delighted to try Rosey Nosey — it’s a great Christmas beer and I’m sure will be a big success. Like most of my constituents I have a soft spot for local pubs and local brewers. It’s important that MEPs listen to the concerns of the industry as it faces difficult times, and competition from the supermarkets.
I even had a helpful suggestion for Jaclyn. Now that Herman Van Rompuy, an obscure Belgian politician, has been confirmed as the new and unelected President of the European Council, Bateman’s might like to send him a case of their new brew. Rosey Nosey for Rumpy Pumpy.