Shepherd Neame holds the title of Britain’s oldest brewer, and has been making beer at its historic site in Faversham for more than 400 years.
During that time, the brewery has changed a lot, incorporating state-of-the-art technology and systems to meet ever increasing customer demand.
But one thing hasn’t changed – Shepherd Neame’s passion for making great beer.
As a fifth-generation family brewer, centuries of brewing experience have been passed down to the current team of brewers, who still use many traditional methods, including handcrafting beer in the UK’s last remaining unlined solid oak mash tuns - honed from English oak.
The brewery uses 100% natural ingredients to create its award-winning Kentish ales and speciality lagers. Every beer is brewed with chalk-filtered mineral water from the brewery’s own artesian well, deep below the brewery, and 93% of the hops used in its ales are grown in Kent.
Shepherd Neame’s beer portfolio includes traditional ales such as the award-winning Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale, Bishops Finger Kentish Strong Ale and the newly rebranded Master Brew.
It recently introduced the contemporary Whitstable Bay Collection, comprising Pale Ale, Blonde Lager, Organic Ale and Oyster Stout, and a new collection of limited edition No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers, named after its historic cask store.
It also brews a number of high quality international lagers on licence including Asahi, Samuel Adams and Oranjeboom.
The brewery also has a diverse estate of around 345 pubs, mainly in Kent but also in London and across the South East, ranging from food-focused destination pubs and boutique hotels to historic coaching inns and traditional country locals.
You can take a look behind the scenes on an award-winning guided tour on that will give you an insight into the history, tradition, pride and passion that goes to make Shepherd Neame beers. Meet your expert guide at the Visitor Centre, a beautifully restored medieval hall house, and then head through the heart of this busy brewery to see how beer is crafted.
Of course, we won’t let you leave without giving you the chance to sample the beer and your guide will lead you through a tutored tasting of several ales and lagers - audience participation encouraged!
Finally, leave time to browse in the Brewery Shop and pick a souvenir, gift or even some beer.
For full details or to book please visit our website www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions