English craft brewers toast to Queen and country
Tomorrow (Saturday 11th) is set to be a bumper celebration day as commemorative beers from British independent craft brewers are raised in support of the Queen’s 90th birthday and England’s opening match of Euro 2016.
Details of a string of celebration ales have been released by SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, who’s craft beer brewing members have come out in strong support of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th. Beers include ‘Right RoyAle’ from Goosnargh Brewing Co in Lancashire, ‘All Ale to the Queen’ by St Peter’s Brewery in Suffolk and ’90 Glorious Years’ by the appropriately named Windsor & Eton brewery in Berkshire, who brewed the beer using barley from the Queen’s own Royal farm in Windsor.
With British brewed independent craft beer growing in popularity and availability, SIBA are encouraging Royalists and footy fans alike to opt for a local-brewed beer this saturday.
“Millions of people across England will be visiting pubs this weekend to watch England against Russia in the Euro 2016 competition and to toast the Queen’s historic 90th Birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with a British beer brewed independent craft beer – particularly if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one brewed specifically to commemorate the occasion!”
Tony Jerome, SIBA Director
Windsor & Eton Brewery brewed their commemorative 4% abv Pale Ale with traditional Maris Otter barley grown on the Royal Farms in Windsor, and a new English Hop variety ‘Olicana’, which they say gives the ‘majestic pale ale a contemporary hoppy twist and a fruity aroma with lemongrass and elderflower notes’.
Everards brewery in Leicester have brewed a special version of their ‘Crown’ beer, which was first brewed in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The copper coloured ale is brewed with English grown First Gold hops and is said to be ‘bursting with tropical and citrus flavours’. Claire Cannell, Brands Manager at Everards said: “We’re excited to bring this fantastic beer back for another exciting royal occasion that the country will be celebrating together!
Another brewery using British hops in their commemorative brew, is Billericay Brewery, who have made use of the aptly-named ‘Sovereign’ hops in their ‘Gold Sovereign’, which was first brewed last September to mark Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch and has been brewed again to mark the official celebrations in June.
If you can’t get a hold of a commemorative beer though, SIBA say you should still be buying British this weekend,
“British-brewed independent craft beer is absolutely booming as more and more people discover the quality and flavour that is on offer. Whether it’s a crisp craft brewed lager or a refreshing British pale ale, make sure you are buying British this weekend, rather than opting for the same old international brands – patriotism never tasted so good!”
90th Birthday Beers Brewed Across the UK
Billericay Brewing (Essex)
Gold Sovereign 3.8%
Gold Sovereign is an all British ingredient 3.8% golden ale single hopped with British Sovereign hops. It was first brewed last September to mark Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch and we brewed it again in April this year to celebrate her 90th birthday and we have just brewed it again so that it is available for the official celebrations in June. It is available in cask and bottle conditioned.
Blue Monkey Brewery (Derbyshire)
Royal Blue 6.5%
We have done a small brew of “Royal Blue” A very bold 6.5% golden ale with British & American hops, fit for a queen!
Bowland Brewery (Lancashire)
Sovereign Lady 3.8%
A magnificent ale created in honour of our Monarch’s 90th Birthday celebrations.
Available again for H.M.’s Official Birthday in June. Brewed with all English hops. A great Traditional Brown Ale
Coach House Brewing Co (Cheshire)
Regal Birthday Ale 4.7% abv
Coach House produce this beer annually to celebrate the Queens Birthday but this year it is made more special as she achieves 90.
The beer is a rich sumptuous ale, with a fruity taste, well balanced by the delicate hop aroma and finish.
Everards Brewery (Leicestershire)
Crown – a Regal Copper Ale
To honour the Queens 90th birthday, Everards has brought back popular limited edition Crown, a beer bursting with tropical and citrus flavours, brewed with English grown First Gold hops.
A truly quintessential ale with a regal history. This copper ale was originally brewed for the Queens Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and was extremely popular in pubs. With another greatly anticipated royal event, Everards is delighted to bring this great beer back to the bar once again.
Expect to be bowled over by the crisp bitterness of Crown beer which can be tasted throughout the month of May.
Claire Cannell, Brands Manager at Everards said: “We’re excited to bring this fantastic beer back for another exciting royal occasion that the country will be celebrating together! “
Treat yourself like royalty and let Crown rule your taste buds!
Goosnargh Brewing Co (Lancashire)
Containing English Goldings and Fuggles during the brewing process, the beer is a zesty, zingy blonde ale.
Heskett Brewery (Cumbria)
Elizabeth’s Birthday Ale 4.4%
Heskett Brewery have a beer named DORIS’S 90th Birthday Ale celebrating one of their founder’s Mother’s Birthday. As a tribute to Her Majesty they are now brewing a beer called ELIZABETH’S BIRTHDAY ALE.
A Pale Ale with English hops and a ABV 4.4%.
Loddon Brewery (Reading)
Four Score & Ten – 4.2%
Maxim Brewery (County Durham)
Royal Toast 4.0%
Maxim Brewery have produced a limited edition golden ale to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Golden coloured, with English Goldings, Fuggles and Crystal Malts to give a light hop and biscuit flavours.
Moorhouse’s Brewery (Lancashire)
“Special brew Ninety is a golden brew which brings together the Australian Summer and New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops to deliver ‘delicious gooseberry and grapefruit notes’. The leading Lancashire brewer expects it to boost the celebrations for publican’s aiming to make the best of the landmark event.
What’s that got to do with the Queen’s birthday you ask. Well we have redone the beer for Her Majesty as our celebration beer.”
Spire Brewing Co (Derbyshire)
Happy 90th Ma’am 4.3%
Ruby (Mild) Ale.
St Peter’s Brewery (Suffolk)
‘All Ale To The Queen’ – 4.2% ABV
An amber coloured ale with a noticeable treacle toffee flavour and a light, sweet, floral aroma. There are subtle hints of fruit courtesy of sovereign dry hopping.
Windsor & Eton Brewery (West Berkshire)
90 glorious years – 4.0%
Pale Ale with traditional Maris Otter barley, grown on the Royal Farms in Windsor, and a new English Hop variety – Olicana – we have created a majestic pale ale with a contemporary hoppy twist and a fruity aroma with lemongrass and elderflower notes.
Wyke Brewery (South Lincolnshire)
HMS Queen Elizabeth
What they say: “Back in 2012 we brewed a beer for the Queens Diamond Jubilee called HMS Queen Elizabeth. Most of our beers are named after ships being the brewery is named after one.This beer caught
the eye of the Director Ships who’s name is Tony Graham. He asked us to contact the Captain of the HMS Queen Elizabeth the new aircraft carrier who would be interested in knowing that a beer is named after his ship.
His name is Captain Simon Petitt who asked us to re brew the beer for the launch which we was happy to do. The navy also sent down an officer from the aircraft carrier alliance to present us with the ships crest and we presented something to the aircraft carrier its self which I might add is on the ships inventory and now adorns the ships mess wall. I have attached a couple of photos.
We also had our local MP here.”
Yeovil Ales (Somerset)
A commemorative pale beer brewed to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. The crafted malt profile balances the gorgeous grapefruit and orange aromas from contemporary hop varieties.
Pump Clip images for the Commemorative beers here: http://tinyurl.com/queens90th
For further information contact the SIBA Press Office via PR & Marketing Manager Neil Walker, on 07493 883273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org