Royal fans with a taste for beer will be able to celebrate Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle’s wedding day with a special ale brewed in the town where the couple will get married next month.
“Harry & Meghan’s Windsor Knot” has been brewed to give the traditional British pint a U.S. twist in honour of the nuptials of the transatlantic couple who will get married at Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle home, west of London, on May 19.
It’s a sequel to the “Windsor Knot” beer the brewery first made in 2011 to mark Prince William and Kate’s wedding – but the brewery says it has some notable differences.
According to the Windsor-based brewer, the pale ale is made from barley grown in Windsor’s royal farm, to represent Harry, and combined with hops from the west coast of America, reflecting Meghan’s heritage.
Windsor was once a traditional brewing town, which a century ago had at least half a dozen breweries making beer to be shipped to London.
But the last brewery stopped production in 1931, and the tradition died out until Windsor and Eton launched in April 2010. The small brewery uses a mixture of traditional and modern brewing equipment and techniques to make their beers.
The town has royal associations that go back centuries – Windsor Castle has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. Harry and his brother William both attended Eton College, an exclusive school for boys aged 13 to 18, in Eton which lies on the opposite bank of the River Thames.
Prince William and Kate’s “Windsor Knot” was originally supposed to be on sale for only a couple of months back in 2011, but the brewery said it was so popular that it is still being brewed and sold today.
Harry and Meghan’s Windsor Knot launched on March 28, and the brewery said it will keep producing the beer for as long as it continues to sell.