FAMILY brewers Arkell’s have created a Tipple fit for royalty to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Yesterday, in preparation for the historic event next month, Arkell’s began brewing Queen’s Tipple – so called because of the Tipple Malt head brewer Alex Arkell is using in the recipe.

Alex has researched carefully and come up with a beer that is truly British – with a nod to our American cousins who love our royalty almost as much as we do.

Queen’s Tipple will also have Maris Otter Malt, the old English variety of malt which is used in many Arkell’s ales, Sovereign Hops, Cascade Hops, a floral American hop, and Cluster Hop, another American hop, of the spicy blackberry variety.

The result will be a light Pale Ale with a well-rounded floral hoppy finish at 4.5% ABV.

The ale will be perfect for Jubilee parties across the country and will be available from May 21 in cask only.

Alex said: “It was enormous fun researching the hops and identifying ones that not only had the right names, but also the right tastes to pay tribute to the Queen and celebrate this jubilee.

“We hope it will be everyone’s tipple, not just the Queen’s.”

Queen’s Tipple Ale is available at most Arkell’s pubs and to order from Arkell’s Brewery.

The brewery regularly creates new ales to mark local and national events.

To celebrate Swindon Town’s success last month, it created a Red Army ale, a beer with a reddish tinge, which went down a storm with fans.

Last year, it produced Blue Sapphire for the Royal Wedding as well as Hurricane Ale, for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, and Royal Bassett Ale, celebrating Royal Wootton Bassett’s contribution to honouring the British Armed Forces.

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