YCH HOPS Product Selected for Special Royal Wedding Brew

YCH HOPS (Yakima Chief – Hopunion), the largest producer of premium American hops from the Pacific Northwest, was thrilled to learn that their Simcoe® hop product was selected as the sole American hop variety to be featured in an exclusive beer brewed in celebration of the upcoming royal wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle. Brewed by Windsor & Eton Brewery, the beer is called Harry & Meghan’s Windsor Knot™.

The celebratory brew is a Pale Ale and a special limited edition of Windsor & Eton’s best-selling beer, Windsor Knot™, which was first brewed for the marriage of Prince Harry’s brother, His Royal Highness, William, The Duke of Cambridge. Simcoe® is the only American hop variety that was included in the beer, showcasing the flavorful and aromatic hops being sourced from the Pacific Northwest and placing Yakima Valley on the map in a global way. The variety was chosen by Windsor & Eton brewers in honor of bride-to-be Meghan Markle’s West Coast roots.

“We use a special blend of British hops called Invicta in recognition of Prince Harry’s role in creating the Invictus Games, combined with great American West Coast hops,” explains Windsor & Eton’s Master Brewer and Co-Founder Paddy Johnson. “As with all our beers, we use barley grown locally on the Royal Farms right here in Windsor and as a finishing touch we are using champagne yeast. Marrying these ingredients creates a new Pale Ale that is young, fresh and full of character.”

The Simcoe® hops used in this celebratory beer were grown and harvested in 2017 at Perrault Farms and processed at one of YCH’s quality production facilities; all within the Yakima Valley of Washington State. Perrault Farms, a grower-owner of YCH HOPS, is a fourth generation hop farm and a partner of Select Botanicals Group. Alongside The Hop Breeding Company, they developed and released Simcoe® in 2000. Simcoe® is a popular American variety known worldwide for its brewing versatility and unique aroma.

“As the largest purveyor of premium American hops from the Pacific Northwest, we are thrilled that the hops chosen for this special brew came from one of our family farms, the same family that helped to bring this significant variety into the brewing market,” says Kate Ruffing, Chief Marketing Officer of YCH HOPS. “We are honored that this well-rounded, legendary American variety was chosen to represent Ms. Markle’s American roots, and we wish all the best to the happy couple.”

Harry & Meghan’s Windsor Knot™ will be available in both 330ml bottles at 4.5% ABV and in cask at 4% ABV. Both can be pre-ordered by emailing sales@webrew.co.uk.

YCH HOPS will be hosting an event on May 18th to celebrate this special edition beer, their American hop contribution to the brew, and the greatly anticipated royal wedding between His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle.

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