The Queen’s Scottish Private Retreat is launching an organic pale ale – a favorite drink of the late Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April at the age of 99, was a famous real beer aficionado after enlisting in the navy and often had a small bottle from his private cellar as a nightcap.
Now the estate has launched its own beer called The Invergelder, named after the farm in Balmoral, which will be available in a six pack.
It comes days after forest rangers at the 50,000-acre estate made a plea to ask litterers who had left empty beer cans in a suitcase to pick up their “lost property.”
‘We are proud to announce the launch of our very own Highland Organic Pale Ale! De Invergelder,” read a post on Balmoral Castle and Estate’s Facebook page.
Balmoral has launched its own beer called The Invergelder, named after the farm on the Scottish estate, which will be available in a six pack
Named after Balmoral’s farm, this refreshing ale is best served cold and is now available in our gift shop and restaurant.
‘Keep an eye on our social channels, because soon The Invergelder can be ordered as a pack of six for a special introductory price.’
The Duke of Edinburgh’s favorite pint was from the now-defunct Boddingtons Brewery, and he is known to have rejected the best Italian wines in favor of any beer.
In a tribute to his grandfather – who died in April at the age of 99 – Prince Harry described him as “beer in hand” and told his grieving family to “keep going.”
And as Prince Consort for 70 years, the Duke was given plenty of opportunities to travel across the UK and beyond, trying different brews.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away in April at the age of 99, was a famous lover of real beer after tasting it in the navy and often had a small bottle from his private cellar as a nightcap (pictured during a tour of Boags brewery in Launceston, Australia in 2000)
Boddingtons, a regional brewery based in Manchester, topped his list before shutting down operations in 2005, but he also preferred Double Diamond Burton Pale Ale.
It comes after Balmoral launched its own gin in May – a £60 a bottle brand (including £8 express delivery) called Ballochbuie, named after a forest on the estate. It is considered the most expensive of the Royal gins to date.
“We are proud to announce the launch of our very own Premium Balmoral Gin, distilled with carefully selected botanicals from the estate’s Ballochbuie forest,” the estate said previously.
This special pre-order price includes courier service, so order now to be one of the first to taste our deliciously refreshing Ballochbuie Gin.
‘Please note that this product can only be purchased if you are 18 years of age or older and is only available for shipping within the UK.’
Balmoral also has a 20cl malt whiskey selling for £18 and a 70cl for £56 which is ‘uniquely distilled for Balmoral Estates at Royal Lochnagar Distillery’.
Balmoral launched its own gin in May – a £60 a bottle brand (including £8 express delivery) called Ballochbuie, named after a forest on the estate. It is considered the most expensive of the Royal gins to date
The monarch’s private estate north of the border costs about £3 million a year to run, with about half of the income needed coming from tourism and related businesses.
Last year the pandemic closed Balmoral to visitors for the main season and it will soon close for next month’s expected summer vacation from the Queen.
Earlier this year, The Queen launched a £30-a-bottle sloe gin in its royal shops – a new addition to the growing collection of spirits bearing the royal emblem.
The monarch has introduced the Buckingham Palace Sloe Gin, sold by the Royal Collection. The spirit, which has a crown on the front label, is made from hand-picked whole sloe berries soaked in the Buckingham Palace gin.
Last year she launched Sandringham Celebration Gin for £50 for a 50cl bottle, made at a distillery on the estate in north Norfolk.
Last year, a Royal gin, made from botanicals in the garden of Buckingham Palace, also went on sale.
The Buckingham drink is made from 12 botanicals, several of which are hand-picked from the Queen’s Garden
The Royal Collection Trust launched a premium small-batch London dry gin for sale in its stores.
The spirit is infused with citrus and herbal notes derived from 12 botanicals, several of which are from the Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.
All profits from the sale of that gin will go to The Royal Collection Trust.
Prince Charles’s Highgrove has its own organic London dry garden botanical gin – on sale for £39.95.
The Queen Mother enjoyed a daily lunchtime drink of gin mixed with Dubonnet and a slice of lemon – with the pips carefully removed.
Her lifelong affection for the popular drink also led her old Scottish home in Caithness to join the gin renaissance that swept across the UK – helping to create an associated brand of its own.
The Castle of Mey previously teamed up with mainland Britain’s most northerly gin distillery, just a few miles from the former royal residence, to produce the drink.
The £40 a bottle gin is made with herbs gathered around the walls of the castle of Mey.
During one of her official visits, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002 at the age of 101, was surprised by her cheeky host, who instead of offering her tea as usual remarked: ‘I hear you like gin. .’
She immediately replied, “I hadn’t realized I had that reputation. But like I do, maybe you could make it a big one.’