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23rd November 2021


Shepherd Neame’s Christmas Ale has received a Gold Medal in the International Brewing and Cider Awards.

The seasonal ale won the accolade in the Strong Beer (ABV 7% – 9.9%) category of the world’s most historic beer and cider competition, known as the ‘Oscars of the brewing and cider world’, held at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent.  A stellar panel of expert industry judges blind tasted hundreds of beers and ciders submitted by brewers and cider-makers from around the world.

Christmas Ale is a full-bodied winter ale featuring a warming combination of fruits and spices. It combines pale and crystal malts with Target and Challenger hops for bitterness, and Goldings hops for aroma.

Mike Unsworth, Shepherd Neame Head Brewer, said: “Christmas Ale is one of our favourite traditions, a full-bodied, complex beer with hints of spice and mulled fruits. We are very proud of this glowing amber winter beer and it is wonderful that it has been recognised as world class.”

It is the latest in a series of accolades for Shepherd Neame’s beers, with other recent wins including 1698 being named the Best Pale Bitter over 5.5%ABV in the World Beer Awards, its Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale and Bear Island Triple Hopped Lager taking gold awards in the British Bottlers’ Institute Competition; and Strong Pale Ale receiving a Highly Commended honour in the Great British Food Awards.

Christmas Ale is available now in 500ml bottles (ABV 7.0%) from Shepherd Neame’s online shop and brewery shop in Faversham.

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About Shepherd Neame

Britain’s oldest brewer 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, the Bear Island Collection and the Whitstable Bay Collection. It also brews international lagers under licence including Samuel Adams Boston Lager, and is the sole UK distributor for premium Thai lager Singha and Truly hard seltzer. The independent family business boasts an award-winning visitor centre and more than 300 pubs and hotels throughout London and the South East, from the historic heart of the City to the Kent coastline.

Press release from Shepherd Neame

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