1936 Coronation Ale

Edward VIII was King of England for less than a year, dramatically abdicating the throne prior to his planned 1937 coronation. Preparations for the event had already started, however, with brewer Greene King making 2,000 bottles of a special beer for the occasion. Dubbed Coronation Ale, the 12% ABV brew of barley and English hops was put into storage when he abdicated but is now going up for auction in honor of King Charles III's coronation, with the proceeds going to the latter's Prince's Trust youth charity. While Greene King insists no one should be drinking the 86-year-old stuff, it is working on a 2023 release that will be available online and in pubs throughout the UK in time for the coronation on May 6th.

Photos: Greene King

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