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Yesterday's papers ran with the story that beer has been banned from the Royal Wedding.

Said one 'insider'

"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."


What a shameful, depressing, snobbish, bigoted, blinkered, rude, clueless, cruel, idiotic thing to say.


(And needless to say, the "sophisticated" wines being served will not include some of the many excellent British wines available today).


In part this just shows up the royal family as the overprivileged and out of touch twits we already know them to be. But it also shows up the populist impression of the relative worth of different drinks. Despite all the progress we've made making beer look more interesting, classy and worthy of serious gastronomic consideration, the mainstream image is still that it is boorish and not to be taken seriously.


Past generations of royals went to Burton on Trent and 'brewed' special beers to commemorate events such as royal weddings. Last year Princess Anne turned up to open the new National Brewing Centre and in her speech opening the place said she didn't like beer. Even Prince Charles' own beer, sold under the Duchy Originals brand, is apparently good enough for him to make a profit from but not good enough to supply to his son's wedding.


As for sticking two fingers up to one of the last remaining manufacturing industries in their kingdom, and responding to the plethora of breweries who have created special commemorative beers for the big day (yes, they're cashing in, but they're also wishing the royal couple well), and as for the fact that £1 of every pint sold in the UK is duty and VAT which goes to the public purse which is paying for the event, the contempt the royals have for their subjects is sickening.


So. If beer is not good enough for the royal wedding, I suggest the royal wedding is not good enough for beer. I urge brewers to rebadge their royal beers with republican designs. I urge pubs not to show the royal wedding, and to advertise themselves as royal wedding-free zones.


I also urge the BBPA to make a formal protest to the royal family using some of the points I have made above, if not the same language, and to issue a press release condemning this shameful snobbishness.



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