DRINKERS can now raise a Royal toast to Kate and Wills.
Rainton Bridge-based Maxim Brewery – just down the road from Kate Middleton’s ancestral home of Hetton – has produced a new beer to celebrate tomorrow’s big day, with a little help from our transatlantic cousins.
Producing a brew to mark the Royal wedding was actually the idea of U.S. brewing giant Coors, one of Maxim’s trading partners.
Maxim’s Mark Anderson said: “They wanted a local ale, produced in the North East.
“We gave them some ideas about names and they came back to us with a pump clip shaped like a piece of toast, with a crown on it.”
The brewery has produced just 110 barrels of the beer – described as a “3.8 per cent golden malty ale” – which have gone out to Maxim pubs across the region.
Ale lovers will need to get a move on if they want to catch the special brew.
“The entire run has sold out and it is going to be on sale for the next few days – basically until it runs out,” said Mark.
“It is available in pubs across the North East – Tavistock Roker has it and it has been on in Fitzgerald’s.”
Beer will not be served at Kate and William’s reception. It has reportedly been banned because it is not considered regal enough.
Guests – including David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John, director Guy Ritchie, singer Joss Stone and comedian Rowan Atkinson – will be offered wine or champagne.
Despite the beer ban, the wedding is expected to provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the drinks industry.
The British Beer and Pub Association hopes the Royal event, combined with glorious weather over Easter week, will produce an upturn in sales and help counteract the effects of a 7.2 per cent tax rise which expected to hit sales in the second quarter.
Wearsiders can celebratewith special themed cocktail recipes. Canadian website, iDRINK.com has listed more than 20 drinks, including ones called Absolut Royalty and Wedding Belle.
The site’s Wedding Cake Martini contains two ounces of cranberry juice, a teaspoon of sugar, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and an ounce of vodka.