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Beer comes the bride as I get the birthday blues

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I was really pleased when it was decided my birthday on 29 April was to be a national holiday. Quite right too, as everyone would be able join in on my celebrations. But I now find the day has been hijacked by Will & Kate. And even brewers have changed their minds on producing some celebratory brews and are producing royal wedding ales instead.

Castle Rock brewery in Nottingham is celebrating the marriage with a commemorative brew called Kiss Me Kate. It will be available on draught for a month in the run up to the wedding. A limited amount will be available in bottles for memento collectors and for laying aside to toast future royal events. Castle Rock’s head brewer Adrian Redgrove said it will be a great British beer full of British hops and barley. “Kiss Me Kate will be elegant, tasteful and British to the core,” he said.

Harvey’s is to mark the wedding with the tastes of Sussex. Its wedding brew uses malting barley, grown on the Duke of Norfolk’s estate in Arundel, hops from Bodiam, Burwash, Robertsbridge and Wadhurst and honey from Hassocks. Royal Nuptial Ale is described as “an ale for honeymooners – and all romantics – wherever they may be”. Head brewer, Miles Jenner said: “The inspiration for the beer came from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play is set amidst royal wedding celebrations and highlights the eternal hope of romance.”

Ascot Ales is getting its Royal IPA on time to all Nicholson’s London pubs. Brewer, Chris Gill said: “As we are named after the royal town of Ascot, we had to brew a wedding ale. Royal IPA is a refreshing copper pale ale at 4.6 per cent ABV with a soft hoppy nose. Brewed using malted barley and full flower hops Sovereign and Pioneer from the UK it’s the perfect, quaffable celebration ale to toast the happy couple.” A limited edition bottle conditioned version will also be available.

The Wold Top Brewery, in East Yorkshire has created a special wedding ale called I Will. Brewer Tom Mellor said: “It’s a great beer to help celebrate the Royal wedding and afterwards, we can also offer it to brides and grooms a bit closer to home.” The ale is brewed using wheat and cara malt, Goldings and Styrian hops, Wold-grown barley and chalk-filtered water from the brewery’s own borehole.

Beer comes the bride says a Staffordshire brewer as it raises a glass to the Royal wedding with its William Wins-Her special ale. Quartz appealed for a wedding inspired name for the beer on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Quartz master brewer Julia Barnett said the winning entry was chosen because it immediately stood out from other entries due to its originality. “It was a really tough decision to choose the winning name as we had some fantastic suggestions from both Facebook and Twitter,” she said.

Windsor and Eton Brewery, the closest brewery to Windsor Castle, has revealed plans for its own commemorative brew. Brewer Paddy Johnson said: “Yes we’ll be doing a wedding beer but we haven’t got our act together yet on final details.”

To celebrate the day St Austell in Cornwall is relabeling Admiral’s Ale in commemorative bottles as Wedding Ale.

And Adnams in Suffolk has confirmed it will produce a wedding brew too, but has yet to finalise the details.

Wychwood is planning some alternative wedding magic of its own on 29 April. The Witney brewer is offering one couple a wedding feast to remember at its alternative wedding of the year. The day includes a procession from the brewery, to the nearby 5th century Old Swan & Minster Mill, a blessing in a woodland temple and a wedding breakfast of hog roast. The couple will toast their celebration with Hobgoblin, a beer first brewed in the 1980s to celebrate the wedding of an Oxfordshire landlord’s daughter.


Written by timhampson

March 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

Posted in ale, Royal wedding, wine

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  1. I’ve just read your wonderful blog ‘Beer Comes the Bride’ and i’d like to inform you that St Austell Brewery has decided not to relabel Admiral’s Ale for the Royal Wedding.

    Kind regards

    Lorella Jacinto

    Lorella Jacinto

    April 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

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