Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer and can trace its origins back to the early 1500s. The fifth-generation independent family business produces Kentish ales of such renown that they are afforded Protected Geographical Indication from the EU.
The brewery is based in the heart of hop country, in the medieval market town of Faversham in Kent. Its ales use 95% Kentish hops, which are combined with the finest malted barley and chalk filtered mineral water from an artesian well deep beneath the brewery. The ales are also brewed in the UK’s last remaining solid oak mash tuns.
In addition to traditional favourites such as Spitfire and Bishops Finger, the brewery also produces modern beers, such as the Whitstable Bay Collection, Japanese lager Asahi and leading US craft beer Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Shepherd Neame beers have won in excess of 40 brewing awards since 2008 and quality is at the forefront of everything they brew.
The brewery operates 347 pubs and hotels across London and the South East, including 299 tenanted pubs and 48 managed pubs and hotels. The estate includes urban, rural and coastal pubs and characterful boutique hotels, with 500 bedrooms across the estate.
Shepherd Neame brews more than 70 million points annually and exports 20% of its output to 35 countries worldwide. A Royal Warrant Holder to HRH Prince of Wales, the business provides more than 4,500 jobs in the UK.
It has pioneered sustainable brewing, with a water consumption-to-output ratio of 3:1 – thanks to a water recovery system – and 97% recycling of raw materials in the brewhouse.