Bohemian Rhapsody Becomes a Czech Lager

Queen celebrates the song’s 40th Anniversary with a new beer brewed in the Czech Republic

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 24.06.2015 16:12:35 (updated on 24.06.2015) Reading time: 1 minute

It’s been parodied by Wayne’s World, recreated using 1980s scanners, covered by The Muppets and on Glee, and endlessly belted out at karaoke bars across the world.

And now, you can drink it.

Written by Freddie Mercury for Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera, Bohemian Rhapsody went on to become one of the band’s – and rock and roll’s – greatest hits.

To celebrate the song’s 40th anniversary in 2015, the band has introduced Queen Bohemia Lager, a 4.7% ABV Pilsner brewed, fittingly, in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.

Hand-crafted using local ingredients from the Czech Republic – soft Czech water, Moravian barley, hops from the Žatec region, and their brewer’s own yeast – the result is a “very drinkable pure product,” according to the beer’s official website.

Queen Bohemia Lager is brewed at the Schwarzenberg brewery in Protivín, where Michal Voldrich won the title of Best Czech Brewmaster in 2014.

While the beer is brewed in Czech Republic, it doesn’t appear to be currently available at local retailers. Keep an eye out at specialty beer shops in the near future.

For now, Queen Bohemia Lager can be purchased at the website of RnR Drinks, the official online retailer of Queen drinks. If you live in the UK, a six pack will set you back £12.00. Shipping costs to the Czech Republic seem to be prohibitive, however.

Bohemia Lager isn’t the first alcoholic beverage produced by the band. Killer Queen Vodka and Queen Millionaire Waltz Malbec Wine are also available.


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