A unique royal wedding beer has been created to commemorate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th. The Windsor and Eton Brewery, which is just five minutes away from St George’s Chapel – the venue of the nuptials – has crafted the Harry and Meghan Windsor Knot in celebration of the first royal wedding of the year.
The pale ale is brewed from barley grown on Her Majesty The Queen’s very own Windsor Farm as well as Champagne yeast and a delicate blend of British and American hops. The celebratory ‘cold one’ will be on sale from March 28th at the Royal Farm Shop in Windsor and on general sale in London and Windsor Pubs in time for the big day in May.
Willie Calvert, co-owner of Windsor and Eton Brewery, commented, “It gives a nice story about Harry and Meghan’s backgrounds. We’re using some nice, fruity hops from Yamika in Washington State, and some English hops, which are more subtly flavoured. English hops tend to be more of a grassy, textured flavour – a bit more like hay – whereas New World hops have more sunlight and are more strongly flavoured.”
The design of the bottle label is just as fruity. The bottle includes a label design that combines the Union Jack and Stars and Stripes as one and has two interlocking male and female symbols “to reflect the strength and support they give each other.”
Willie Calvert continued, “We called it a Windsor Knot, which is a bit of a pun really as the Windsor Knot is a way of wearing a tie, but it also reflected the Royal Windsor family tying the knot. It was such a popular beer that we still make it today. So when it came to this wedding, it was natural to do a beer for Harry and Meghan too.” Windsor and Eton Brewery have previously released a commemorative beer for the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
Whether Harry and Meghan get to sample the beer remains to be seen – though we can rest assured that the thousands of well-wishers that gather on May 19th will get their lips around a bottle of Harry and Meghan Windsor Knot.