Craft beer makers around the country need little excuse to come up with a new brew. But today they have a double reason to celebrate - the Queen’s 90th birthday and England’s opening match of Euro 2016.
Details of a string of celebration ales have been released by SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers. And with British brewed independent craft beer growing in popularity, Royalists and football fans alike are being urged to opt for a local-brewed beer. Here’s some to seek out:
SIBA director Tony Jerome said: “Millions of people across England will be visiting pubs this weekend to watch England against Russia in the Euro 2016 competition and to toast the Queen’s historic 90th Birthday. “What better way to celebrate than with a British independent-brewed craft beer - particularly if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one brewed specifically to commemorate the occasion!” “British-brewed independent craft beer is absolutely booming as more and more people discover the quality and flavour that is on offer. Whether it’s a crisp craft brewed lager or a refreshing British pale ale, make sure you are buying British this weekend, rather than opting for the same old international brands - patriotism never tasted so good!”