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Brewery sets world record for largest round

A Wiltshire brewery has set a new Guinness World Record for buying the largest round of beer, raising 412 glasses to Her Majesty the Queen and toppling country singer Merle Haggard’s previous record.

The Wiltshire pub saw 412 patrons raise a glass to the Queen, breaking country singer Merle Haggard’s record for the largest round, set in 1983. Credit:

The Box Steam Brewery bought 412 drinks at the Cross Guns pub in Wiltshire on Saturday, 11 June over a two hour period, which included 283 pints (35.4 imperial) gallons of its Tunnel Vision ale.

The previous record was held by US country singer Merle Haggard, who on 21 March 1983 bought his fans 5,095 one-ounce drinks totalling 39.8 US (33.1 imperial) gallons at a cost of US$12,737.50 (£8,975) at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, USA.

“We wanted to mark the occasion of Her Majesty’s special day in the way we know best,” said Andy Roberts, managing director at the Box Steam Brewery.

“It was our pleasure to extend our hospitality to friends and neighbours. Our bar bill wasn’t as big as Mr Haggard’s, but we think we can claim to have bought the World’s biggest round of beers, that’s for sure.”

The late country star Merle Haggard


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