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11th August 2021


Shepherd Neame’s beers have won a trio of national awards.

The Faversham-based brewer picked up three medals at the 2021 British Bottlers’ Institute Competition, recognising the best in the bottling and packaging industry.

Winners were announced on Friday (August 6) and Shepherd Neame was honoured in two different categories.

In the Ales (4.5 – 4.9%) category, a Gold medal was awarded to Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale. Launched in 2017, the deep golden ale combines hops imported from the US with native British hops to give a distinctive yet refreshing flavour.

In the Lagers (4.0 – 5.5%) category, Bear Island Triple Hopped Lager scooped the Gold award. The second in the contemporary Bear Island range, this hop-forward lager offers punchy tropical notes. Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager received a Diploma of Excellence in the same category.

Mike Unsworth, Shepherd Neame Head Brewer, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised with three awards, including two Gold medals, at these prestigious awards. Our team is passionate about beer, and committed to quality and innovation. To have three of our contemporary beers recognised in this way is a great accolade, showing once again that our beers are among the best in Britain.”

Shepherd Neame’s award-winning beers are available from its online shop and brewery shop in Faversham. For more information, visit:


Press release from Shepherd Neame

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