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Windsor & Eton Brewery launches Royal Wedding ale

05 April 2011 by
Windsor & Eton Brewery launches Royal Wedding ale

The Windsor and Eton Brewery has become the latest brewer to produce a Royal Wedding beer to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29 April.

Windsor Knot ale will be delivered to Windsor by horse-drawn cart by the brewery, which has developed the beer from a blend of the English hop ‘Sovereign' and the ‘Nelson Sauvin' hop grown at the New Zealand Hops brewery. Combined, the two hops will represent the far ends of the Commonwealth.

Company director Will Calvert said: "Windsor is the home of William's family and Eton is where he went to school - a beer coming from Royal Windsor is the most authentic royal wedding beer you can have."

The 4% pale ale is infused with Sauvin, named for its likeness to the white wine fruitiness of the Sauvignon grape, for which New Zealand is renowned.

New Zealand Hops chief executive Doug Donelan said: "We're obviously chuffed that an English brewer has chosen our hop for such an event - especially as the Prince was so popular when visiting Christchurch after the earthquake."

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By Neil Gerrard

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