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10th July 2024

Shepherd Neame Kicks Off New Partnership Deal With Gillingham Football Club

Independent family brewer and pub company Shepherd Neame has signed a new multi-year pouring rights partnership deal with EFL League Two club Gillingham FC.

The Faversham-based brewer, which has 300 pubs and hotels across Kent, London and the South East, has been chosen as the official provider of beer, cider, wines, spirits and soft drinks at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium.

The partnership will begin on Saturday (July 13) when ‘The Gills’ take on Millwall FC in a pre-season friendly, with the following Shepherd Neame brands available on draught for supporters to enjoy around the stadium: Spitfire Lager, Whitstable Bay Pale Ale, Whitstable Bay Black Stout, Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale, Hurlimann, Singha, Noughty Bear 0.5% IPA and Orchard View cider.

Shepherd Neame Chief Executive Jonathan Neame said: “We take pride on being at the heart of our communities, so we are delighted to announce our new partnership with Gillingham Football Club. The Gills are a great Kent club with a rich heritage, and we look forward to working with them and celebrating their achievements during the coming years.”

Gillingham FC’s Owner and Chairman Brad Galinson said: “This is a special one for us. The oldest brewer in Britain partnering with The Gills, just up the road! We are a match made for each other. Cheers!”

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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 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 premium Thai lager Singha. The independent family business boasts an award-winning visitor centre and 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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