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2nd July 2012


A limited edition Sam Adams cask ale has been brewed in celebration of American Independence Day on 4th July.

Blonde Ambition is a 4.5% abv cask ale which was brewed at Shepherd Neame’s Faversham brewery, to a recipe devised in conjunction with the Boston Beer Company.

The collaborative brew uses equal measures of US and UK Cascade hops. The American Cascade from the Yakima Valley imparts intense notes of grapefruit and pine resin, alongside the Kentish counterpart’s restrained, grassy earthiness.

The beer is available to the freetrade now, exclusively from Shepherd Neame, until 16th July.
Tasting notes:

A pale ale designed for the summer, Blonde Ambition has a perfect blend of American and English flavour cues. It is a showcase of the best of American and English hops, which gives the beer a delightful combination of grapefruit and earthy notes, with a biscuity undercurrent from the pale malt base. A moderately bitter ale, it has a uniquely fruity and complex flavour.



Image caption: Sam Adams Blonde Ambition pump clip


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Note to editors:

  • Shepherd Neame has been brewing draught Sam Adams Boston Lager under licence from the Boston Beer Company since February 2012.
  • We would love to hear what you think of Blonde Ambition. It is already available at: The White Horse, Parson’s Green; Bangers Bar and Grill (EC2M 2TE); Davy’s of Canary Wharf; Hoop and Grapes, Farringdon Street; The Hatch, Redhill; The Shacklewell Arms, Chalk Farm Road, (NW1 8AJ); selected JD Wetherspoo pubs. We hope to be able to announce more outlets soon.


For further information please contact:

John Humphreys

01795 542263

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