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Unusual leaving gift for retiring MP William Hague

By Lia Sanders on 24/03/15 11:00 AM

Most people have to content themselves with a bunch of flowers or, at best, some cufflinks when they retire.

This is not the case for retiring MP and former Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The Conservative Assocation for Richmond, where Hague is an MP, have commissioned North Yorkshire Brewery to create a drink inspired by the beer-loving politician as a leaving gift.

Smooth Hague is a porter-style beer made from spring water from the Cleveland Hills and English malt and hops.

George Tinsley, the brewer, described the beer as well-balanced and mellow like Hague himself.

Mr Hague said: “I am extremely impressed by this beer named in my honour.

“The North Yorkshire Brewery have done a fantastic job as always and I hope many people will take the opportunity of enjoying this fine beer.”

The beer was launched at the House of Commons and will be served in its bars.

Conservative clubs across the country are said to be clamouring for Smooth Hague. The beer will be available in pubs across North Yorkshire and the North-East from this week.

It is available directly from the brewers at £35 for a box of 12.