When NATO popped in for a pint or two

Greene King is handing over beer to chap from Belgium who is collecting the beer to celebrate their Queen's birthday'steve magnall,LT Duncan M Hardy, john bexon

Greene King is handing over beer to chap from Belgium who is collecting the beer to celebrate their Queen's birthday'steve magnall,LT Duncan M Hardy, john bexon

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NATO popped into the Greene King brewery to collect up to a 100 crates of beer for a Brussels bash next month.

The Bury St Edmunds brewery donated the booze for free as part of a sponsorship of the NATO Queen’s birthday celebrations which will take place on June 15.

The deal means that Greene King brews will be the only drink on offer at the event, which will be attended by representatives of the 28 countries that make up NATO.

Lt Col Duncan Hardy from The Royal Marines came to collect the beer on Thursday, ready to transport it to Brussels.

“We will be showing the representatives from the other 27 countries what good British beers are like.

“We couldn’t put on events like this without the help of companies like Greene King and we are very grateful,” he said.

For Greene King, meanwhile, the deal offers the chance to increase overseas sales.

“There will be 27 other countries drinking our fantastic beers,” said Steve Magnall, deputy managing director of Greene King Brewing Company.

“We are proud to sponsor NATO and this event.”