Andrew Griffiths MP presents Cathy Price with the ‘Beer Drinker of the Year’ award
Cathy Price has been named as the “Beer Drinker of the Year” by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group Chairman, Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton on Trent. The presentation was made last night at the Beer Group’s Annual Awards Dinner in Westminster which attracted over 200 MPs, Peers and senior industry figures.
Presenting the award Andrew said “In 2011, when Cathy learned that the Red Lion is the most popular pub name in the country, she set herself the challenge of visiting every single one of them. This was no small task as there are 656 of them spread across the length and breadth of the country; from Penzance in Cornwall to Fochabers by the River Spey in the North of Scotland.”
“She completed her challenge last September and used every opportunity during her quest to highlight the pivotal role that pubs play in our communities; in interviews with newspapers, radio and TV. She has published a book, the Red Lioness*, describing the pubs she visited in vivid detail.”
“Cathy enjoyed a half-pint in every Red Lion that she visited which by my calculation adds up to 328 pints of beer, making her perfectly qualified to be our Beer Drinker of the Year.”
The Beer Group also presented its other awards:
– Brewer of the Year: John Keeling, Head Brewer at Fullers.
– Lifetime Achievement: Yaser Martini, Team Margot
– Beer Parliamentarian of the Year: Roy Kennedy, Baron Kennedy of Southwark.
– Pub Parliamentarian of the Year: Victoria Prentis, MP for Banbury.
– PubAid Award: Greene King