Pints of romance in Britain's royal wedding beer

Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:28am EDT
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By Suzannah Butcher

WINDSOR, England (Reuters Life!) - Beer-lovers looking to celebrate Britain's royal wedding with a pint or two will be able to indulge in a brew created for the occasion in the shadow of one of the royal family's most famous residences.

The newly established Windsor and Eton Brewery is taking advantage of the town's royal connections to produce "Windsor Knot," a beer dedicated to Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton who will marry on April 29th.

Windsor was once a traditional brewing town, and a hundred years ago there were at least half a dozen breweries making beer to be shipped to London and elsewhere. However, the last brewery stopped production around 1931 and the tradition died out until Windsor and Eton launched last year.

Master brewer Paddy Johnson told Reuters that he wanted to produce an ale which would have broad appeal and be suited to the barbecues and street parties across the nation on the day.

"So we tried to design a beer that's light in flavor and color, so that it will appeal to a lot of people, but has also got a very memorable flavor to it," he said.

Windsor Knot is an ale made with a combination of hops from England and New Zealand, which the brewery said represents the far ends of the Commonwealth.

There will be a plethora of other beers, ales, stouts and bitters produced for the royal wedding, which brewers hope will help showcase what is a very English refreshment.

Brewer Adnams Southwold is making a Royal Wedding Ale and Greene King has created a Celebration Ale to name just two.   Continued...

<p>A pump clip showing the "Kiss me Kate" ale at the Swan in the Rushes pub, in Loughborough, March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Staples</p>