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Teetotal Bishop has pint named after him

todayFebruary 16, 2018 21

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The dark, strong, porter with chocolate and caramel hints has been named ‘Bishop’s Porter’ after Bishop Tony Porter, the Right Rev Bishop of Sheffield. 

The idea started when a friend of Tony’s and church warden, Ian Raynor, saw a guest ale on a chalk broad.

Raynor said in a statement: “It was described as a porter and I immediately thought of Bishop Tony who I know quite well. I rang him to check to see if he was ok with the idea and then got in touch with the brewery.”

The local Hucknall Beer Festival is held in a centre associated with the church, so it seemed a local collaboration would be a good idea. 

Bishop Tony received the idea willingly and told Premier: “The real reason is I’m a real supporter of small, local business. My daughter started a cafe in Aberystwyth and employed a lot of people, my son and his wife have a business…it’s really tough to run a small business.”

“The guy that runs it, Anthony Hughes, started this 5 years ago and the bottom line is people in Hucknall have got jobs because of this man and I want to support it.”

When asked if people are excited to try it, Bishop Tony said: “I’ve been having texts from all over the place…I’ve got to buy a few bottles so I can distribute it to people who want to taste it.”

However, Tony will not be trying it himself: “No, I decided as a teenager that I wanted to be an athlete and I was brought up in the era of George Best – fantastic talent but ended in tragedy because of his abuse of alcohol – and I thought, if I want to be an athlete, the quickest way is just not to bother.”

“I love lime and lemonade…and a cup of tea, as long as it’s Yorkshire tea I’m happy.”

Listen to the whole interview with Bishop Tony Porter with Premier’s Cara Bentley:

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Bishop Tony Porter has supported a local brew to help local business but says he’ll stick to the Yorkshire tea. 

Written by: Rufus Olaniyan

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