Ale inspired by look of love
Monster Raving beers
MONSTER Raving Loony Party leader Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope has turned to Uxbridge & South Ruislip MP Boris Johnson for inspiration for his latest crazy ale.
His latest brew, Monster Crush, is part of the party’s Winning Co‘ALE’ition brand and reflects Mr Hope’s admiring glance at Mr Johnson as he delivered his thank you speech at general election count last month.
The glance was exclusively captured by Loony Party supporter, Steve Lawson, and a picture of it appears on the pump clip for the new ale. Derrill Carr, who has helped launch all the loony ales, said the latest brew is a rebranded version of the awardwinning Sundowner Ale which featured at last year’s Great British Beer Festival.
He said: “The ale
is brewed by Mike Tempest at the Wild Weather brewery from Silchester on the Hampshire/ Berkshire border and is a low strength golden blonde session ale, with subtle floral and fruit notes, which is very refreshing and a perfect ale for summer.
“Names suggested for this new ale included Blonde Moment and Bolt from the Blue but the name eventually chosen was Monster Crush, reflecting Alan’s admiring glance at Boris.”
Mr Hope was one of 13 candidates to contest Uxbridge & South Ruislip on May 7 and polled 72 votes, while Mr Johnson, who is also the Mayor of London, romped to victory with 22,511 votes.
Monster Crush will be officially launched at The Prince Arthur pub in Fleet, the favourite watering hole of Mr Hope. Boris and UKIP leader Nigel Farage have both been invited to the June 24 bash, which starts at 7.30pm and will be in aid of childhood cancer charity Clic Sargent.
“This event will not only celebrate Alan’s birthday in June but his fantastic achievement of leading the Loony Party for the last 16 years,” said Mr Carr. Political luminaries including Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, Tony Blair and Winston Churchill never led their parties for 16 years.”
And there was more good news for Mr Hope when he received a copy of Mr Johnson’s first novel, Seventy Two Virgins, which now has pride of place in his bookcase as a reminder of the time he took on Mr Johnson in a General Election.