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Special beer brewed to celebrate Royal Windsor Racecourse's 150th anniversary

Special beer brewed to celebrate Royal Windsor Racecourse's 150th anniversary

David Lee

Special beer brewed to celebrate Royal Windsor Racecourse's 150th anniversary

The Windsor and Eton Brewery (WEBREW) is set to unveil ‘a special beer for a special occasion’ to mark Royal Windsor Racecourse’s 150th anniversary.

The 1866 Thoroughbred Bitter is the latest in a line of innovative beers created by the expert brewers at the Vansittart Estate-based company.

It celebrates the Maidenhead Road racecourse’s 1866 founding date and will be sold exclusively in both cask and bottles during race meetings at Royal Windsor.

Will Calvert, a director at WEBREW, said: “We think Windsor Racecourse’s Monday evening races are iconic in the London area and we wanted to work on a special beer.

“We think the racecourse is a great part of the community and we want to support them as they celebrate their 150th anniversary.

“There’s nothing like a special beer to mark a special occasion.”

Royal Windsor Racecourse has worked closely with WEBREW for a number of years and in April 2015 the brewery launched its Duke Street bar at the Maidenhead Road site.

The 1866 Thoroughbred Bitter, which has a 4 per cent volume, is set to be officially unveiled during the first flat race meeting of the season on Monday, April 11.

Mr Calvert also paid tribute to the Windsor public after he was able to hand over a cheque worth more than £2,000 to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service last week.

The brewery had been left devastated after money that had been raised for the charity was stolen during a break-in at the site on Monday, March 14.

He added: “Thanks to the generosity of the Windsor public we were able to hand over a cheque worth about three times the money that was stolen in the break-in.

“It’s not down to us, it’s down to the people in the community who have donated to our JustGiving page and come to our members clubs to support us.”

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