Royal approval sought for Yarmouth beer

PUBLISHED: 18:46 17 March 2011

A GREAT Yarmouth brewer is hoping to receive the royal seal of approval for its latest tipple.

Blackfriars Brewery is sending a crate of HRH Honey Moon to Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton.

The golden ale, flavoured with Norfolk honey and stem ginger, has been produced to celebrate the couple’s wedding on April 29.

The limited edition beer was bottled this week and will be sent to London in a couple of weeks once it is fully conditioned.

HRH Honey Moon will be one of more than 60 tipples on tap at this year’s Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival.

Hosted at The Courtyard, on Main Cross Road, from Thursday, April 28, to Sunday, May 1, the festival will once again be flying the flag for the very best East Anglian beers and ciders.

A Royal Wedding-themed fancy dress competition takes place on Friday and there is live music on Saturday evening.

More than 60 locally-produced beers and ciders will be on tap, with a selection of tasty snacks available from Mary’s Country Kitchen.

Blackfriars owner Bill Russell said: “I don’t know if Prince William and Kate Middleton like real ale, but it would be nice if we were awarded a royal warrant.

“The Duke of Edinburgh tried our Volunteer ale when he visited Caister lifeboat station a couple of years ago, and reportedly loved it.

“So I suppose we already have the royal seal of approval.

“Golden beers like Honey Moon are popular with all ages, as well as female drinkers, and the ginger gives it some extra zing.”

Opened in 2004, Blackfriars brought brewing back to Yarmouth 36 years after the closure of Lacon’s brewery.

The brewery moved into The Courtyard, a former fish-packing factory a stone’s throw from the sea front, three years ago.

It now boasts a visitor centre detailing the history of beer-making in Yarmouth, and a fully licensed brewery tap.

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