Queen are releasing Bohemian Lager to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody, joining the ranks of bands with their own beers. It is, apparently, “golden” and “hoppy”. It’s also, perhaps appropriate given that people who’ve drunk too much lager often have believe they can recreate the operatic midsection of Bohemian Rhapsody unaccompanied.
The link with Bohemian Rhapsody at least enables to beer to reflect lager history. Lager, though originally German, became closely associated with Bohemia – now part of the Czech Republic – in the middle years of the 19th century, when the town of Plzen became a centre of the brewing industry, developing a pale lager that became known as pilsner.
Queen’s own lager is to be brewed in the Czech Republic, and will be 4.7%ABV. It follows their release of Killer Queen vodka.