Buckingham Palace has confirmed that her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, has approved the sale of her own beer which is brewed from the plants grown on her Sandringham Estate.
The Queen’s country retreat is located in Norfolk in the UK, and it has been a private residence for the English monarchy since 1862. Now, the Laureate Spring barley that grows in the gardens of the estate, along with some water from the nearby borehole, will be going into the beer as ingratiates.
According to a post shared by the Sandringham official Facebook page, the beer brand will be called Sandringham Best Bitter, and it will have two varieties: a 4.3% Best Bitter and a stronger 5% Golden IPA. Both will be produced by a local Norfolk company called Barsham Brewery. These beers will be created using three different hops varieties as well as a traditional cold filtered brewing process.
They will be bottled in dark glass bottles that have traditional-looking labels, with the Best Bitter having a mostly green label with a hare on it, and the Golden IPA will have a golden brown label with a pheasant on it. Both of these beers will be available in 500 ml bottles that will be sold at the estate gift shop for £3.99 or $5.55 in USD.
According to the labels for the bottles, there is a reason for the choice of labels. In fact, the labels will read, “Made in the UK for the Sandringham Estate. The Sandringham Estate is a wildlife haven for Pheasants, Hares, Owls and many other species thrive in the wood and farmland habitats,” according to PEOPLE.
This isn’t the first time that the Queen’s estate has been known to launch an alcohol. In fact, just last year the estate launched the Sandringham Celebration Gin, which was also made in a distillery on the Norfolk estate.
The launch of the beer is coming at a pretty significant time, as the Queen’s late husband, Prince Philip, was known to enjoy his ale. As his grandson, Prince Harry, said in a statement following his passing as reported by editor Omid Scobie, “He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’”
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