When you think about Queen Elizabeth enjoying a refreshing beverage, you might imagine her with a hot cup of tea. However, Her Majesty has actually approved the sale of a beer brand produced using plants grown on one of her estates, People has confirmed with Buckingham Palace.
Sandringham, the Queen’s beloved country retreat in Norfolk in the U.K., has served as the private home of British monarchs since 1862. Now it is also home to a brand of beer that is made with Laureate Spring barley from her gardens and water drawn from a nearby borehole.
The beer, named Sandringham Best Bitter, comes in two types of brew: a 4.3% Best Bitter and a stronger 5% Golden IPA. They are brewed by a company local to Norfolk called Barsham Brewery. The beers are made using three kinds of hops and a traditional cold filtered brewing process. The 500 ml bottles are priced at £3.99 in the estate gift shop, which is about $5.55 in USD.
Both beers are bottled in dark glass bottles with traditional-looking labels. The Best Bitter features a primarily green label with a hare prominently centered against a rural background, while the Golden IPA has an appropriately gold and brown label featuring a pheasant in front of a similar background. The labels seemingly explain the choice of designs.
“Made in the UK for the Sandringham Estate,” the label for each bottle says. “The Sandringham Estate is a wildlife haven for Pheasants, Hares, Owls and many other species thrive in the wood and farmland habitats.”
The launch is rather timely, as the late Prince Philip was known to be an ale enthusiast.
“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!’” Prince Harry said in a statement following his grandfather’s passing last month.
Last year, the Queen also launched Sandringham Celebration Gin, made in a distillery on the estate in north Norfolk.