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Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham

Discover the secrets of Britain's oldest brewer with an award-winning guided tour and tutored tasting at Shepherd Neame historic Brewery in Faversham

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Shepherd Neame has been based in the market town of Faversham, Kent for over 300 years. Perhaps best known for great British classic ales such as Spitfire, which carries the Royal Warrant, its diverse portfolio includes Five Grain Lager, Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale and Bear Island Triple Hopped Lager, and the Whitstable Bay Collection.

And if you knew the above, did you know that it also brews international lagers under licence including Samuel Adams Boston Lager, and is the sole UK distributor for premium Thai lager Singha?

Plus, most interesting of all, this independent family business – that boasts more than 300 pubs and hotels throughout London and the South East, from the historic heart of the City to the Kent coastline – has an award-winning visitor centre. So you can make a day of it and learn all about how this iconic local brewery works its magic.


The 80-minute tour takes visitors around Shepherd Neame’s historic Faversham Brewery site to learn about the ancient art of brewing. During your experience you’ll see brewing and fermentation vessels; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops.

The tour also includes a visit to the Old Brewery Store, housed in the old wines and spirits store, which features impressive displays of historic delivery vehicles, a recreated coopers’ workshop, bygone pub signs and a collection of hop picking memorabilia.

It ends back in the Visitor Centre with a tutored tasting of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and speciality lagers, before visitors have the chance to visit the Brewery Shop and pick up a souvenir, gift or some of their favourite beer.

Tours are starting again from 1 July 2021, with tickets priced £18. The experience makes a perfect day out or gift for beer fans everywhere.

For more information or to book visit:

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The Faversham Brewery, 17 Court Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7AX
01795 532206

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