Beer Not Good Enough for the Royal Wedding

We can talk all we want to about how craft beer is gaining respect as an honest-to-goodness alternative to wine, but that’s simply not the case in the British Royal Court.  Queen Elizabeth herself has chosen the menu for the royal nuptials, and beer is definitely NOT included.  Why?  Because it simply isn’t worthy of such a royal event.  Here’s what one royal insider says

There won’t be any beer. Let’s face it, it isn’t really an appropriate drink to be serving in the Queen’s presence at such an occasion. It was always their intention to give their guests a sophisticated experience and they have chosen the food and drink with this in mind.

So there you have it.  Craft beer lacks the sophistication to be served at the royal wedding.  While I’d like to muster up the energy for a tirade, this really isn’t surprising.  After all, the craft beer renaissance is a largely American phenomenon, and one that has only been happening for about 15 years or so.   I doubt the Queen of England is aware of the ornate brews the folks at places like Dogfish Head and The Bruery and Dieu Du Ciel have crafted.  And even if she is aware, beer still lacks the status to even be considered for such an occasion.

And this makes me happy.  We always talk about how beer snobs are irritating, and how craft beer is great because a regular person can afford to buy the best beer in the world.  If beer had the status of wine and was good enough to serve during a royal wedding feast, much snobbery and inflated prices would follow.  I’ve never been big on status – I shy away from flashy things that might make me look like a douche – and that’s what I love about beer; it’s premium but not fancy.

In a nutshell, beer isn’t good enough for the royal wedding, and I say thank goodness for that.

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UPDATE: Pete Brown has a pretty nice take on this from the British point of view.

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35 Comments on “Beer Not Good Enough for the Royal Wedding”

  1. April 26, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    I’m sure the guys at BrewDog are crushed.

    Beer (unlike wine or champagne) is a traditional British drink, so why can’t it be a part of the festivities? This is why a growing segment of the UK’s population thinks the royal family needs to go.

    • April 26, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      I just added a link above to British beer guy Pete Brown’s take on this. He mentions how past generations of royals would go to Burton-on-Trent to brew special beers for occasions like this. Not this lot.

      It’s quite a snub for the Brits.

      • April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am #

        I think Pete’s take is becoming more and more typical. I have several friends from the UK who are embarassed by the royal family and who think their ancestors had the right idea when they sent Charles I to the chopping block. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_I_of_England

        • April 26, 2011 at 10:33 am #

          They’re really no more than snotty mascots at this point.

  2. April 26, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    I wonder what The Prince’s Navy buddies/mates think about that??

    • April 26, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      They probably think it shows what they already knew – he’s an elitist douche.

      • April 26, 2011 at 10:22 am #

        … but he DOES attract the Ladies

        • April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am #

          So did Charles and look at him! There’s something about unlimited wealth and power that the ladies seem to like…

      • April 26, 2011 at 11:06 am #

        You would know about that, Jim. Am I right?

        • April 26, 2011 at 11:10 am #

          Yes, it’s a burden, Zac. 🙂

  3. dickblair76
    April 26, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Mr. Seinfeld’s opinion on the Royals:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/15/jerry-seinfeld-slams-royal-wedding_n_849620.html

    Awesome.

    • April 26, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      Ha! He nailed them:

      “It’s a classic English thing of let’s play dress-up. Let’s pretend that these are special people. OK, we’ll all pretend that — that’s what theater is. And that’s what the royal family is — it’s a huge game of pretend. These aren’t special people — its fake outfits, fake phoney hats and gowns.”

    • April 26, 2011 at 11:06 am #

      Nice.

  4. April 26, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Have none of you had British beer? I can’t say that I blame them.

    In all seriousness, the royals will be the only ones not drinking beer in the UK that day. I’ve been chatting with a British friend who plans to spend the day at the pub drinking beer on behalf of the ‘appy couple. So, who cares what rich people with outdated titles do? Pass me another beer.

    • April 26, 2011 at 11:09 am #

      I agree – screw ’em. But beer is such a part of the British identity, it’s a shame that these elite inbreds can’t at least raise a pint for the people. How happy would that make folks?

  5. April 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Whatever. Its their loss. I can’t think of a more British drink than beer, but that’s just me. What ARE they serving? Love the picture though!

    • April 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

      I know it’s not beer. And I’ve heard they’ve also snubbed British wine. Not making them really popular with the common folks…

      • Don
        April 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

        WTF? Didn’t they ever read Andy Capp?

  6. April 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    No British beer and no British wine? They’ll probably serve some Eurozone crap. I hope it rains.

    • Don
      April 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

      Maybe a Tsunami?

      • Timothy McGinnis
        April 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

        I am stationed in the Air Force over here in England and the funny thing is, a lot of the major breweries and numerous smaller ones have all brewed Royal Wedding ales to commemorate the wedding yet no wineries have done so. Nearly all of them are low percentage session beers 3.5-4.2% that have are pale in complexion. Even the brewery/pub I work part time for was all about making an ale for the wedding but for the most part, people have just been happy to drink a new pint regardless of what it was made for.

        • Don
          April 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

          Yeah, they probably know that the royals are just a bunch of pretentious Nits and don’t give a rats ass about what they will drink at the royal nups.

        • April 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

          Maybe I’ll make one, too, Tim, with an image of a chimp with a crown on the label ad call it “God Shave the Queen!”

  7. Mark
    April 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    I was in London a few weeks ago and was very disappointed in the pub scene. There are very few independents left and they all carry the same couple of brews.

    • April 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

      I’ve never been, but I imagine that’d be a bummer. It’s weird to think the American scene might be more vital than Britain’s.

      • April 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

        OK. I made fun of British beer earlier in this thread, but one of my main commenters (of the three) at my blog lives in London. That bloke is all about the cask scene. He and his lads hit certain pubs that specialize in cask ale. They discuss the condition and temperatures of every cask they sample. So, there is an underground cask scen in London. It’s not just pubs Mark describes serving swill.

        • April 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

          Well there’s an above ground one here.

      • April 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

        Yes and it controls all of 5% of the market.

        • Don
          April 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

          I had heard that that moved up this year to something like 8%. Did I dream that?

      • April 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

        The point is that the craft beer movement in the US is far from being mainstream or “above-ground” when the vast majority of beer drinking involves ABI/MC.

  8. April 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    They’re serving Champagne? As in… French? And they’re calling beer inappropriate. Sheesh.

    I wonder if they’ll drink that viagra Brewdog Concoction behind closed doors:p Maybe this is all a ruse.

    • April 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      No, they wont be drinking Royal Virility Performance. After all, Viagra is for commoners. Instead, William will drink an ancient vial of unicorn tears and then impregnate Kate with His Royal Semen, as is the tradition.

      • Timothy McGinnis
        April 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

        Funny thing is, the Princes are known to drink their share of ale so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a hidden stash somewhere at the dinner.

        • Don
          April 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

          Yeah, Prince William is a good boy, but Harry on the other hand will probably have a keg around somewhere. I’m guessing partying with the caterers.

  9. April 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    FWIW, there was some debate over the beer scene in London. A regular commenter on my blog had this to say about the pub scene there…

    There are certainly many tourist traps, and there are also quite a few bad pubs off the tourist trail. I guess if there is one good thing about the pub closures it is that (generally) it is the bad pubs that are closing, and the good pubs that are offering quality and variety in food and drink that are doing well.

    I would say there are always at least five beers on tap, but there are often crappy lagers (Stella, Fosters, Carlsberg etc). More and more pubs over the past five years or so offer cask ales, but that is quite often a limited selection. This can sometimes be because many pubs are tied to a particular brewery, and so are limited to offering that brewery’s beers. If one brewery is dominant in a town or region, there can be pretty limited choice wherever you go – but that is changing.

    However, there are still plenty of pubs with a great selection of beers, if you know where to find them. I could easily right away reel off a dozen great London pubs with at least 8 ales on offer at any one time – but they aren’t all in obvious places. These would range from very traditional British pubs to quite modern bars offering imported craft beer from around the world alongside the UK stuff.

    It is also worth bearing in mind the volatility of cask ale – you not only need to find a pub with a good choice of beers, you need to find one that knows how to look after them! So, it can be difficult to find a good beer in a good pub if you haven’t done your homework.

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