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Old Mill Brewery takes Yorkshire beer to Parliament

03 Dec 2014

Old Mill Brewery of Snaith, East Yorkshire we’re celebrating this week as they raised a glass of its popular F.I.D.O. at the seat of Government recently, after local MP Sir Greg Knight chose it as the week’s guest ale in the Strangers’ Bar, sited inside the House of Commons. 

The beer, F.I.D.O. (or Fog Investigation Dispersal Operation), is a light bitter ABV 4.2% which was enjoyed by the many MPs and other parliamentarians for whom the Strangers’ Bar is effectively their ‘local’.  Simon Lewis, Head Brewer, Nick Waugh, Tied Estate Manager and Kate Dawson Manager of the Ferns Farm Hotel, made the journey with Sir Greg Knight MP and was then joined but Andrew Percy MP for Brigg and Goole and had the great of honouring sharing the first pint pulled by none other the Rt Hon William Hague MP.

F.I.D.O was created by Simon of Old Mill Brewery in collaboration with Kate from the Ferns Farm in association with CAM (Carnaby Airfield Memorial).  Kate is part of a newly formed committee Carnaby Airfield Memorial whose aim is to raise enough funds to erect a fitting memorial at Carnaby Airfield which played a significant role in WW2.  The airfield was an emergency landing strip and was fitted with fog dispersal equipment commonly known as F.I.D.O. this allowed aircraft to land even during the heaviest fog.  The airfield was opened in 1944 and had over 1500 emergency landings by the end of the war.

Simon Lewis said, “We were delighted that F.I.D.O. was selected for the Strangers’ Bar and grateful to Sir Greg Knight MP and the team at the bar for making it happen.  We’re very proud of our Yorkshire beers and this was a great opportunity to spread the word about them beyond our usual area of trading.”

Kate Dawson said, “I’m so happy F.I.D.O. has made its way to Westminster and I can’t thank Sir Greg and his team enough, for all his support for the beer and in particular CAM.  To spread the word of what we are trying to achieve for the committee and for Carnaby itself can only help the memorial go from strength to strength.”

F.I.D.O. was made available in the Strangers’ Bar as part of a scheme run by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and the Society of Independent Brewers, to which Old Mill Brewery belongs.