Blog: Toast the Royal Wedding with beer? Get real
Chris Mercer | 18 November 2010
As soon as the engagement between Prince William and his long-term girlfriend, Kate Middleton, became public knowledge this week, drinks firms have been falling over themselves to offer the perfect toast.
"Beer seems the obvious choice for the Royal Occasion," harped the British Beer & Pub Association, only hours after the Palace announced that the couple will wed next year.
"Although Champagne, or sparkling wines, may currently be the chosen beverage for many, the union between beer and weddings goes back over 4,000 years," it persisted, adding: "Beer is so much lower in alcohol than wine; and, served in a Champagne flute or wine glass, it’s just as elegant and far more thirst quenching."
Just as elegant as a flute of Champagne? Now I like a good beer or three, but come on, let's be real. Having said that, 'thirst quenching' is exactly what I look for in an alcoholic drink at parties.
Still, the BBPA is only one of several groups in the drinks sector who will seek to put their stamp on the Royal Wedding.
Champagne Bollinger, which has received Royal Warrants, joined in on the act today (18 November). "Founded in 1829, Champagne Bollinger is a timeless symbol of style, elegance, and sophistication," it said.
Bollinger was "served at the nuptials of Prince William’s parents", it said. Although, knowing how that story ended, is this association a good thing?
We can expect a lot of this over the next few months, I suppose. With that in mind, I'd like to recommend shots of mint-based spirits, such as Rumple Minze or Minttu, to freshen the breath of guests inbetween photos.
Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste....
PepsiCo created a stir last week with the news it is testing a product called Caleb's Kola, with some in the media claiming it was the beginning of a new “craft soda” category....
SABMiller's bid to widen the appeal of beer is very much in evidence at its latest 'House of Peroni' - with beer cocktails and a bigger bottle for the Italian lager brand on offer. ...
Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring PepsiCo, SABMiller, the Scotch whisky category and the US wine market....
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- SABMiller's troubles fuel M&A rumours
- Focus - Remy Cointreau's H1 Performance by Brand
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Diageo Q1 sales dip "in line with expectations"
- Moet Hennessy sales falter in YTD