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28th April 2014

A beer for the people by the people

Windsor & Eton Brewery have today released details of their planned MAGNA CARTA beer.

While there is already considerable interest in the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary in June 2015, the brewery have much longer term plans for the beer.  All of their beers have a local story to them, drawing on contemporary events and pageantry as well as the rich local history.

Will Calvert, co-founder explains:

“We know that people really like the stories behind our beers. The story of the Magna Carta is in some ways the ultimate local story which has gone on to have worldwide influence. Runnymede was chosen as a neutral point between Royal Windsor and the London base of many of King John’s critics. As by far the closest brewery to Runnymede, this is a beer that we have been planning for some time. So we secured registration of our MAGNA CARTA trademark in 2013 and our attention has now turned to the beer itself.”

Paddy Johnson, Master Brewer continues:

“We want a strong ale but are very open to the exact style. The idea is to develop a beer that reflected the democratic principles of the Magna Carta itself – to create a beer “by the people for the people”. We have always been very impressed with the creativity and quality of Britain’s amateur brewers so last week we met up with one of the most respected groups in the country, the London Amateur Brewers. We have set them a competition to find and brew on a small scale the perfect MAGNA CARTA beer. The winning brewer will then brew their recipe with us at our craft brewery and see it being bottled” 

 Pete Hughes of the London Amateur Brewers says

“Our group are so excited by the challenge and opportunity that Paddy and the team at Windsor & Eton brewery have given us. For an amateur brewer to see their recipe get made on a commercial scale is so special. There are lots of late nights and experiments with new recipes already underway”

Further details of judging and the winning recipe will be announced in the coming weeks.


For further information including interviews please contact:

Paddy Johnson or Will Calvert

Tel: 01753 854075