Dartford-brewed beer makes debut in Parliament bar

News Shopper: Gareth Johnson MP celebrated the launch of Kentish Best with John and Darren Millis in the House of Parliament’s Strangers Bar. Gareth Johnson MP celebrated the launch of Kentish Best with John and Darren Millis in the House of Parliament’s Strangers Bar.

A DARTFORD-BREWED beer made its debut as a guest ale at a world-famous bar at the Houses of Parliament this week.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson welcomed Millis Brewery owner John Millis and son Darren to Parliament to enjoy a pint to celebrate the launch of Kentish Best at the Strangers Bar on Tuesday (Jan 28).

Drinking his own ale in the bar, Mr Millis said: "This is brilliant, I’m really knocked out, I really am."

Mr Millis, who has been brewing for 25 years, described Kentish Best as a clean, malty ale, with a dry and fresh taste as well as a ‘hoppy’ flavour.

During its week in Parliament, Mr Johnson said he hopes to introduce his colleagues to the beer from his home.

Mr Johnson said: "I think this is the first time a Dartford-brewed beer has ever appeared as a guest ale at the House of Commons.

"This is fantastic news for Dartford and I am very keen to show support for this small family-run business in my constituency."

The Millis Brewery, based at St Margarets Farm, South Darenth, is also well-known for its Dartford Wobbler and Gravesend Guzzler ales.

The family-run business opened in 2002 and now sells up to 80 casks a week.

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