Party at the palace! Enterprising Queen launches beer range hours after gin announcement

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Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has approved the sale of a bitter and an ale brewed from plants grown on her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The bottled beers will be sold at the Sandringham gift shop for £3.99 for a 500ml bottle.

The two new beers will be produced locally by Barsham Brewery in Norfolk using ingredients grown on the 8,000 hectare Sandringham Estate, including organic Laureate Spring barley.

The bottles prominently feature the Sandringham name alongside countryside images of a hare and a pheasant.

The two animals are common in the woods and fields surrounding the monarch’s Norfolk home.

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

The two varieties include a cold-filtered traditional English bitter (4.3 percent ABV) and a stronger Golden IPA (5 percent ABV).

The Best Bitter is described as being “uniquely natural” and “full-flavoured” and featured a hare on the label.

The IPA, which bears the pheasant, is made from three varieties of hop to create a “subtle flavour”.

The two new beers are not the first to go on sale at Sandringham and use the plants grown on the stunning estate.

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The new gin boasts a “unique and intense” flavour, with notes of cloves and marzipan and is 26 percent ABV.

The Trust has recommended making a Sloe Royale cocktail with the new spirit, by adding 25ml of the gin into a flute glass and topping with champagne or sparkling wine.

All profits from sales of the new sloe gin will go to the RCT, a registered charity.

The RCT, which manages the royal palaces and the Queen’s art collection, first launched a gin in June 2020.

The Buckingham Palace gin is made from ingredients from the garden at the Queen’s London residence.

The hugely popular gin, which caused a sell-out soon after its launch last summer, is infused with botanicals such as lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.

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