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The Queen gin and beers it: Sandringham Estate launches own beer range

Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate announced on Twitter that they’ve developed an India pale ale and a Bitter created from organic laurette barley that is grown on the estate’s grounds.

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Queen Elizabeth II. Image: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth’s new beer range follows hot on the heels of Buckingham Palace launching its own brand of sloe gin last year.

The launch comes soon after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, who was a keen ale enthusiast, described as having a “beer in hand” during a tribute by Prince Harry.

The beers, which are available in bottle form, and will be priced at £3.99 (about R80) for a 500ml bottle, can be purchased from the Sandringham gift shop.

Tribute to local wildlife

The bottles feature the Sandringham name and give a nod to some of the local wildlife with a picture of a hare and a pheasant. The Best Bitter is 4.3% proof while the Golden IPA is stronger at 5%.

The beers, which have been produced using organic barley harvested from the estate’s gardens, come in two variations: A 4.3% Best Bitter and a slightly stronger 5% Golden IPA.

The label reads: “The Sandringham Estate is a wildlife haven for pheasants, hares, owls and many other species thrive in the wood and farmland habitats.”

Barsham Brewery

The Best Bitter is described as “uniquely natural” and “full-flavoured” while the IPA is said to have a “subtle flavour”. They will be made by Barsham Brewery in Norfolk.

It is also revealed, via a sign in the shop, that both beers are produced “using Organic Laureate Spring Barley harvested from the Royal estate, and crystal clear water drawn from a nearby bore hole”.

Runaway success of Queen’s gin

The Royal Collection Trust (RCT) just announced the latest addition to its drinks collection following the success of its own London dry gin last summer, which sold out within eight hours of going online.

The charity – which looks after the Queen’s art collection and official residences – are hoping the revenue from the product will help after palaces were forced to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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