Windsor & Eton Brewery plans ale inspired by royal wedding

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Windsor & Eton Brewery has revealed details of its new beer due to be released in April to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Harry & Megan’s Windsor Knot is a special limited edition of its best-selling Windsor Knot pale ale which was first brewed for the marriage of Prince William.

It will be available in 330ml bottles at 4.5% ABV and in cask at 4% ABV. The design on the bottle and pumpclip features a tie made out of the union jack and the stars and stripes flags and also has two interlocking male and female symbols.

The new beer will be launched at the end of March with the first deliveries from April 3 ahead of the wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19. It will be the only beer produced in Windsor to mark the day.

The brew was inspired by the couple’s first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto last year, said master brewer and co-founder Paddy Johnson. “We use a special blend of British hops called Invicta in recognition of Prince Harry’s role in creating the Invictus Games, combined with some great American West Coast hops.

“We’ve really had a lot of fun developing this new beer. We wanted to create a beer that captured something of that first appearance.

“As with all our beers, we use barley grown locally on the royal farms right here in Windsor and as a finishing touch we are using champagne yeast. Marrying these ingredients creates a new pale ale that is young, fresh and full of character.”

Explaining the design, co-founder Will Calvert added: “When Harry & Meghan tie the knot it will be very much a modern marriage of equals as well as being a celebration of their British and American nationalities.

“Each of them have causes that they care deeply about such as the environment, equal rights and the rehabilitation of injured servicemen and women. We chose the interlocking symbols to reflect the strength and support they give each other.”

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