The Mercury

Queen Elizabeth selling beer for funds


QUEEN Elizabeth is selling two beers made from plants on her Sandringha­m estate.

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

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.

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

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 borehole”.

It follows hot on the heels of Buckingham Palace launching its own brand of sloe 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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