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15th March 2023

Shepherd Neame announced as official beer supplier of The Boat Race

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

It is the second year the Faversham-based pub company has been involved in the famous event, which is watched by an estimated 5 million viewers on television.

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 on Sunday, March 26, when more than 250,000 spectators are expected to attend on the banks of the river including at Fan Parks in Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith, and Bishops Park, Fulham.

Both Fan Parks will open from noon and have big screens available for everyone to watch the BBC coverage of the live races. The 77th Women’s Boat Race will take place at 4pm, with the 168th Men’s Boat Race at 5pm.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of beers and ciders from Shepherd Neame’s diverse portfolio, including Spitfire lager, Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager, the original Thai lager Singha, Orchard View cider and Truly Hard Seltzer.

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 once again be the Official Beer and Supplier for this prestigious event.”

The Boat Race Company Limited (BRCL) Chair, Siobhan Cassidy, 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. Come to our Fan Parks to sample the very best The Boat Race has to offer.”

To find out more about The Boat Race, visit:

To see a map for the Fan Parks click here and for individual maps, click here for Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith, and here for Bishops Park, Fulham.


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.

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Press release from Shepherd Neame.

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