Maris Otter goes to Parliament

Robin Appel and Mark Banham celebrated the 50th anniversary of their revered Maris Otter barley variety at a tasting of past Champion Beers of Britain at the Houses of Parliament.

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Andrew Griffiths MP and Robin Appel celebrating beer and Maris Otter at the Houses of Parliament

Robin Appel and Mark Banham celebrated the 50th anniversary of their revered Maris Otter barley variety at a tasting of past Champion Beers of Britain at the Houses of Parliament.

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Mark Banham holding of glass beer brewed using the Maris Otter barley variety

Seven of the most recent Champion Beers of Britain, between 2000 and 2014, have been brewed with Maris Otter, and 2015 sees a raft of activities to celebrate its anniversary.

Organised by CAMRA and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, the event demonstrated the flavours of British barley in a wide range of styles of ale, including Milds, Pale Ales, Best Bitters, Porter and Barley wine – paired with British foods to match.

Banham and Appel comment:

“The importance of high quality British barley should not be underestimated, and it was good to show over 70 MPs such a display of different colours and styles of barley malts, and the wonderful champion beers produced from them. It is also good to see our farmers, maltsters, brewing supporters and brewers working together in such a positive fashion, and demonstrating their respective arts to so many new MPs.”

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