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9th April 2024

Shepherd Neame’s 1698 is officially world class

Faversham-based brewer Shepherd Neame has been honoured with a silver medal for its popular Kentish ale 1698 at this year’s International Brewing & Cider Awards 2024.

Originally brewed to celebrate Shepherd Neame’s tercentenary, 1698 (6.5% ABV) is a bottle-conditioned beer, and was recognised with the medal in the International Smallpack Ale category.

The International Brewing & Cider Awards, known as the brewing industry ‘Oscars’, took place in Manchester over three days at the end of March, with beers and ciders evaluated by a panel of 38 judges from around the world.

It is the latest in a series of honours for Shepherd Neame’s beers, with other recent wins including gold medals for Bishops Finger (5.2%), India Pale Ale (6.1%) and 1698 (6.5%) at the British Bottlers’ Institute Awards, and a gold medal for Spitfire Amber Ale (4.2%) at the Great British Food Awards.

Shepherd Neame’s Director of Brewing Mike Unsworth said: “We are delighted that 1698 has been recognised on an international level. This is a testament to our team’s passion and knowledge, and our commitment to quality and innovation. This fantastic accolade shows once again that our beer is world class.”

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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.

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