Prior to Edward VIII’s abdication, a batch of special beer was brewed using English hops and barley and was intended to be distributed to pubs around the country to celebrate his coronation in 1937. Of course, Edward’s coronation did not happen, and the batch of beer was all but forgotten about for over 70 years.
In 2011, a rare stash of this special beer was discovered in bottles in the 200-year-old Greene King cellar in Suffolk. At the time of brewing, the beers were around 12% ABV, but according to Greene King, the beers are not safe for consumption today. For the coronation of Charles III, the brewery is auctioning off the beers to raise money for the Prince’s Trust charity.