Prince Philip has raised a glass to a Lincolnshire pub that features an ingredient in one of its beers that comes from Tristan da Cunha, a remote collection of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, of which he is particularly fond.
The Elder Tree Inn serves an Island Brew beer. It is brewed on the Isle of Man with “Island Berries” from Tristan da Cunha and was first served at the Great British Beer Festival in 2015.
Tristan da Cunha is approximately 1,750 miles from Cape Town, South Africa, and has a population of around 270 people.
“There’s a lot of interest in Tristan in the area, and the pub is well supported by the people of Horsington,” said Elder Tree Inn landlord Richard Brown in an interview with Lincolnshire Live.
“This will be a unique opportunity to sample this ale.”
Island Brew was officially available starting 2 December, but Brown didn’t anticipate that it would last long.
Brown says he was contacted by Martin Brunnschweiler, the founder of Ale of Man Brewery, where the Island Brew beer is made, to sell the beer. He jumped at the chance to offer it at his pub.
Brunnschweiler also sent a case of Island Brew to the Duke of Edinburgh, knowing that he was interested in the remote islands. He received a reply back from the Duke’s Private Secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell.
“I am so glad your visit earlier this year to Tristan da Cunha went well, and congratulate Richard Brown on being the first UK landlord to sell ‘Island Brew’.”
“Your thought is much appreciated, and I have no doubts that the beer will be greatly enjoyed. This letter comes with His Royal Highness’s warm good wishes.”
The Duke of Edinburgh visited Tristan da Cunha in 1957. The Prince Philip Hall is named in his honour, and it houses the world’s most remote pub, The Albatross.