The British Royal approved the sale of a pair of ales made from barley grown for her favorite country home.
Here’s your royal curiosity for the day. A couple of days ago, it was announced on social media that Queen Elizabeth II has greenlit the sale of beers from barley grown from her favorite country retreat, Sandringham Estate.
“We’re thinking ahead to Fathers Day and what better way to celebrate than with one of our new Sandringham Beers,” the post on the estate’s official Twitter account reads. “Sandringham Estate has developed an IPA and a Bitter from organic Laurette Barley grown on the wider Estate and is available to buy now from the Sandringham Shop.”
We’re thinking ahead to Fathers Day and what better way to celebrate than with one of our new Sandringham Beers.— Sandringham (@sandringham1870) May 4, 2021
Sandringham Estate has developed an IPA and a Bitter from organic Laurette Barley grown on the wider Estate and is available to buy now from the Sandringham Shop. pic.twitter.com/QHn2q3R3n4
Originally built for King Edward VII between 1870 to 1892, the estate is located in the village of Sandringham in Norfolk country. Both the Queen’s father (George VI) and grandfather (George V) both died in the 20,000-acre property, which has been occupied since Elizabethan times. The Royal Family usually gathers here for Christmas.
According to a Yahoo! Finance article, Sandringham House is part of the Queen’s real estate portfolio from which a good portion of her $600 million estimated comes from. The Norfolk property itself is worth around $65 million.
Sandringham House, Gardens, and Royal Park have been open to the public since 1977, and its facilities (pre-COVID) attracts about 500,000 people a year.
The new beers will be produced and bottled in Barsham Brewery, which is in north Norfolk. Both beer varieties bear animals that apparently roam freely in the rolling estate: a rabbit for the Best Bitter and a pheasant on the Golden Indian Pale Ale.
Of course, Royalty-approved alcohol has been around for quite some time. The Royal Collection website lists several wines and spirits that are available for purchase in the country. This includes a dry gin that is made from botanicals in Buckingham Palace, and a 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.