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Wrexham brewery’s Poppy Appeal beer served in Parliament

A beer from a Wrexham brewery which has raised funds for the Royal British Legion has been served at the Houses of Parliament.

The beer, Polygon Wood, was brewed by Big Hand Brewing, based on the town’s industrial estate.

It has been sold in a variety of locations – including the House of Commons’ Stranger’s Bar – since September and part of the proceeds from each sale will go to the North Wales Poppy Appeal.

The beer is named after The Battle of Polygon Wood, which was fought as part of the Third Battle of Ypres (also known as the Battle of Passchendaele.) The wood, four miles east of Ypres, was named after its shape and this is reflected in the shape of the pumpclip.

Dave Shaw, Managing Director, Big Hand Brewery said: “We approached the local Poppy Appeal after deciding to create this special ale in honour of those that fell during the Battle of Passchendaele.

“Although the brave and selfless soldiers of WW1 are no longer with us the work carried out by the RBL is just as important as ever.”

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, who met Mr Shaw in the Houses of Parliament to mark the beer’s sale in the Strangers Bar, added: “I have welcomed Dave to Parliament before, and I work closely with the Poppy Appeal in North Wales each year.

“I’m delighted that Dave and Big Hand Brewing have lent their support and I was pleased to hear from the Commons Authorities that y=they were serving a Wrexham beer – particularly one which helps raise money for the Royal British Legion in this way.”

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