Windsor & Eton Brewery
Duke Street, Windsor SL4 1SE
Launched on St George's Day 2010, Windsor's dynamic new micro-brewery produces a lip-smacking range of ales within an arrow's flight of the castle, and is quickly drawing a following throughout the south-east.
Most of the beers draw inspiration from the town's royal pedigree: Guardsman Bitter was the first new brew in Windsor for 80 years, and it was quickly followed by Windsor Knot, celebrating the 2011 marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (The ale comes with a swan motif, because the birds 'mate for life'). In 2012, a trio of new ales will celebrate the Royal Jubilee, starting with Treetops Stout.
You'll find the bottles in local pubs and supermarkets, but the brewery itself – a magically malty-smelling whitewashed warehouse next to Alexandra Gardens – is well worth a visit. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, brewery tours and tastings are on offer, and you'll be hard pressed to leave the shop without at least one keg for your pantry.