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Old Brewery Tour
Beer Tasting
Beer has been brewed in Faversham for over 850 years and the Shepherd Neame Brewery is set in the heart of this historic market town.

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Shepherd Neame Beers

Spitfire is Shepherd Neame's biggest-selling cask conditioned ale. It is a 4.5% abv bitter, first brewed as a bottled beer (4.5% abv) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 1990. The beer is named after the legendary Supermarine Spitfire aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell. The brand is promoted by award-winning World War II themed advertising.
Bishop's Finger is full-bodied with complex fruit flavours. A cask-conditioned ale brewed to a traditional Kentish recipe, it is also exported in bottles to more than 30 countries worldwide, and is particularly popular in Sweden.
Master Brew is the brewery's best-selling cask ale in Kent. It is brewed using only Kentish barley and hops, and is a distinctive, mid-brown bitter ale best known in the brewery's Kentish heartland.
Early Bird Spring Hop is brewed with the Early Bird single hop variety. This light gold beer is full-bodied, distinctive, with a malty undertone. It is seasonally available, from February to May inclusive.
Goldings Summer Hop Ale is a light flavoured bitter made with Kentish malt and fresh Goldings hops harvested within five miles of the brewery. The beer is almost floral-scented, with a biscuity taste. It is seasonally available, from June to August.
Late Red Autumn Hop Ale is a complex, richly flavoured autumn hop ale. With an autumnal auburn hue, this premium beer achieves a balance between rich, dark malt flavours, and a strong, robust hoppiness. The brew is seasonally available, from September to November.
Whitstable Bay is an Organic Ale which has an elegant, light flavour and is backed by the traditionally farmed, English malted barley and organic hops from New Zealand, which fuse to produce a bittersweet flavour with floral overtones and a dry finish. Its label states it is approved by the Soil Association and the Vegetarian Society.
From the Visitor Centre, set in a beautifully-restored medieval hall house, you can join an award-winning guided tour and go behind the scenes at this busy working brewery. Only then can you discover how history and heritage are combined with modern technology to produce an award-winning range of Kentish Ales and speciality lagers.

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Meet a professional guide and set off for an 80 minute tour on which you will learn a little of the ancient art of brewing; see traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery's well; try some malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops. The tour also includes “The Old Brewery Store”, housed in the old wines & spirits store, and featuring impressive displays of historic delivery vehicles, a recreated cooper’s workshop, bygone pub signs and a collection of hop picking memorabilia. Enjoy sampling some of the award winning beer as well as a fascinating tutored tasting session. Finally, the Brewery Shop is great to pick up a souvenir, gift or some beer! The whole visit, including tasting, takes 2 – 2½ hours.
Visitor Information
Shepherd Neame Brewery Tours are available most days. Tours cost around £12 for adults, £9 children. The Faversham Brewery, 17 Court Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AX. Tel: 01795 542016

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