New beer fit for a king – and queen

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ROYALISTS will be able to raise a pint or several to the royal newlyweds after a Bury St Edmunds brewery released a new beer which it says is fit for a king – and queen.

Greene King has produced a new brew to celebrate the appointment of Prince William and Princess Kate as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The beer, Duke’s Cambridge Ale, which went on sale this week, will be made available only through pubs and for a limited time only.

Head brewer John Bexon described his latest work as a 4.2 per cent golden ale, and said he had relished the challenge of creating a new beer in the couples honour.

“Cambridge is our neighbouring city and we’re incredibly proud that Kate and Wills are our local Duke and Duchess,” said Mr Bexon.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to brew an ale in their honour, one to celebrate their links to the area and a great pint to toast to their future happiness and success.

He said the challenge had been to produce an ale gold in colour to reflect its associations with the royals and summer, while light and drinkable so it will appeal to a wider audience.

“Duke’s Cambridge Ale is a very refreshing beer with a subtle melon aroma and taste and light golden colour, thanks to the pale malts included in the brew,” Mr Bexon said.

It is hoped the Duke and Duchess will try the beer at their next function in Cambridge.

“After all, his father and Camilla tried Abbot Ale and IPA when they visited Bury. It is a family tradition so we hope they will test the waters with our beer,” said Mr Bexon.

The new brew comes fresh on the back the success of Greene King’s Celebration Ale, brewed to mark the royal wedding.

The new Duke’s Cambridge Ale went on sale on Tuesday. A limited run of around 60,000 pints has been brewed. No details as to which pubs will stock the beer were available – customers are advised to ask their local landlord.