Queen Elizabeth Just Launched Her Own Beer
Queen Elizabeth may soon be responsible for your bar tab!
Sold at the Sandringham gift shop at $5.50 for a 500ml bottle, the beers come in two varieties: a cold-filtered, traditional English "bitter" and a stronger Golden IPA described by the gift shop as "uniquely natural."
Produced locally by Barsham Brewery in Norfolk using organic Laureate Spring barley grown on Sandringham's rolling farmland, the bottles bear the Sandringham name alongside pictures of a hare and a pheasant.
"Made in the UK for the Sandringham Estate," according to the label. "The Sandringham Estate is a wildlife haven for Pheasants, Hares, Owls and many other species thrive in the wood and farmland habitats."
In 2020, Buckingham Palace also launched its very own gin made from ingredients found in the backyard of the Queen's London home.
On Tuesday, they added to this with the release of a new variety of gin distilled using the classic Buckingham Palace gin mixed with "hand-picked whole sloe berries," says a release from the Royal Collection Trust charity, which organizes the opening of the main royal palaces and their accompanying stores to the public.
Priced at $41 a bottle, the addition of the hand-picked fruits — which grow on Blackthorn bushes in the U.K. — gives the gin "a unique and intense fruit flavor," adds the release.
The Trust will use the proceeds of the sloe gin to help preserve the Queen's extensive art collection. It also recommends that the royal tipple is served by pouring a measure of sloe gin into a fluted glass, then topping it up with "champagne or sparkling wine and garnish with fresh berries or orange peel."
There's just one small snag for U.S. gin-lovers: the "light ruby color" liquor is currently only available in the U.K.
There is, however, a reasonable chance it may find its way into the glass of the monarch: the Queen reportedly enjoys a daily cocktail of gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice just before lunch, according to Darren McGrady, a former palace chef.
"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage," said Harry. "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!'"