April is the month of the Royal Wedding, and if that ain’t occasion for a serious tipple, what is?
It’s why a whack of British breweries have jumped on the horse-drawn bandwagon with special-edition releases of beers and ales that commemorate the blessed event. To wit, the following innovative invitations to soak in the suds:
• Prince of Ales (ha!), available for £2 a pint for just two weeks from Young’s Brewery, is said to be “full bodied” with a “clean, bitter taste, balanced with sweet malty, fruity notes and a distinctive dry-hop aroma.”
• Royal Wedding Ale, a limited-edition, one-off miracle out this month from Adnams Southwold, is the latest in a long tradition of royal-wedding-inspired beers from this brewery. Prepared with pale ale malt, premium cara malt, amber malt, pilgrim and sovereign hops, this one’s particularly blessed with the sweet floral addition of honey heather. Its inclusion is significant given the custom of serving honey beers at weddings in allusion to the honeymoon to follow.
• West Berkshire Brewery Royal Wedding Ale is being served at the Boots Inn, a modest pub in Stanford Dingley that was recently revealed to be the inaugural site of William and Kate’s courtship. This distinction was enough to score the owner an official invite to the event.
• The newly established Windsor and Eton Brewery, launched to capitalize on its geographic proximity to the monarchy, has unveiled a beer called Windsor Knot for the big day. Master brewer Paddy Johnson told the media that he wanted to produce an ale whose broad appeal would make it suitable for royal wedding-inspired barbecues and street parties.
For taps closer to home, there isn’t much that’s directly produced to acknowledge Wills’ and Kate’s big day. But drop in on any of the preponderance of this city’s fine English watering holes just the same, and have the publican pull you a draft of the Mother Country.