Ale in­spired by look of love

Mon­ster Rav­ing beers

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Lloyd steve.lloyd@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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