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29th March 2022


Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame is partnering for the first time with one of the world’s oldest and most iconic sporting events, The Boat Race.

Male and female boat crews from the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge will battle it out on the River Thames in London this Sunday (April 3). The Boat Race is regularly watched by more than 5 million on television, and attended by over 250,000 spectators on the banks of the river including at Fan Parks in Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith and Bishops Park in Fulham.

Both Fan Parks will open from 12noon and have big screens available for everyone to watch the BBC coverage of the race live. Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of beers and ciders from Shepherd Neame’s diverse portfolio, including award-winning Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale and Spitfire Lager, international lager Singha, and Orchard View Cider.

Shepherd Neame Chief Executive Jonathan Neame said: “The Boat Race is the epitome of British style, sporting excellence and tradition, and we are delighted to be the Official Beer and Supplier for this prestigious event.”

The Boat Race Company Limited (BRCL) Chair, Tim Senior, said: “We are delighted to welcome Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame as our Official Beer Supplier of the Boat Race. Their passion for excellence matches that of the Boat Race and its crews. It feels fitting to be able to introduce fans to our partner in the Boat Race fan parks on race day”.

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About Shepherd Neame

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 Amber, 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. It also brews international lagers under licence including Samuel Adams Boston Lager and premium Thai lager Singha. 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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