The 86-year-old beer brewed for Edward VIII’s annulled coronation is up for auction

86 years after its inception, the unopened British beer that will celebrate the coronation of Edward VIII will go on sale. Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle, which was eventually abolished.

The “Coronation Ale” bottles were discovered during cellar renovations at the Greene King brewery located in Bury St Edmunds, England. The premium beer will be auctioned on May 5, one day before the coronation of King Carlos III. On the anniversary of the celebration, the brewing company informed through a press release.

Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 to marry American celebrity Wallis Simpson.And with his abdication of his rule to his brother George VI, the beer bottles on the occasion of his coronation have not yet been sold.

Said auction will benefit The Prince’s Trust, a non-profit organization founded in 1976 by King Charles III – when he was still the Prince of Wales – to support young people in communities with fewer resources.

Historic beer collection

The beer at the time was 12% ABV (alcohol by volume) and fruity flavor as a result of the blend of English hops and malt.

“It is absolutely amazing that this beer has been in the cellar for 86 years,” said royal historian Kate Williams, who is gathering historical information on the annulled coronation of Edward VIII, after brewing on May 12, 1937.

John Bickson, former head brewery at Greene King, said other surprises could be found in the brewery’s spacious basement where “there may be more old beers waiting to be rediscovered” although it would be best not to wait so long for the next batch. .

The 86-year-old beer will be sold as a collector’s item because He can no longer drink.

“We’ve been brewing for over 200 years and we make iconic beers, like our Coronation beers of 1937 and 2023, which means we can capture moments from history to share with future generations,” said Jack Palmer, Head Brewery at Greene King.

Greene King has another souvenir beer that you can drink. The new version of “Coronation Ale” has been announced and is now available in the UK, which is 4% ABV, with hints of citrus and fruit.

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