By Elise Ferrari

The third vintage of the exclusive Crown Ambassador Reserve Lager hit shelves on Monday (Aug 2).

The highly-anticipated release is expected to follow in the footsteps of previous vintages, which pioneered the luxury beer market in Australia.

Only 7000 individually numbered 750mL bottles have been brewed, with bottle number 0001 hand-delivered to Buckingham Palace for Her Majesty the Queen.

Crown Ambassador Reserve Master Brewer, John Cozens, and his team of brewers carefully blended a small portion of the 2009 Reserve with this year’s release, a process usually applied to sparkling wines.

“The addition of the 2009 Reserve portion has certainly added interesting oak flavours to the brew, making it a completely unique proposition and an exceptional beer to savour or cellar,” Cozens said.

Each 750ml bottle has been filled and sealed by hand, with a 10.2%ABV and RRP of $89.99.

The Shout Team

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