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15th June 2020


With less than three weeks to go until the proposed reopening of pubs on July 4, Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame has resumed brewing cask ale.

The independent family brewery, based in Faversham, Kent, has remained operational throughout the lockdown period, focusing its efforts on producing bottled beer for the supermarkets and its online shop.

The brewing team are now resuming cask ale production, however, in order to supply fresh beer to pubs, hotels and restaurants as they reopen across the country.

They have begun with three of Shepherd Neame’s most popular cask beers: Whitstable Bay Pale Ale, Spitfire Amber Ale and Master Brew.

Head Brewer Mike Unsworth said: “We are very excited about the prospect of pubs reopening, and with the proposed date less than a month away, our team have been hard at work resuming cask production. It is early days so we aren’t yet sure on volumes, but we have plenty of beer ready to go. It hopefully won’t be long until beer lovers are able to enjoy a pint of real ale in a pub.” 


Notes for editors:

Shepherd Neame has been based in the medieval 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 Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale and Bear Island Triple Hopped Lager, and the Whitstable Bay Collection.

All its beers are brewed using traditional methods and 100% natural ingredients, including the finest malted English barley, Kentish hops, and chalk filtered mineral water from the brewery’s own artesian well.

For further information please contact the Shepherd Neame press office on 01795 542259 or email or visit