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18th September 2023

Shepherd Neame’s beers are officially world class

Four of Faversham-based brewer Shepherd Neame’s beers have been recognised with medals in this year’s International Beer Challenge.

A gold medal was awarded to its Kentish Strong Ale Bishops Finger (5.2% ABV), with a silver medal for its silky Double Stout (5.2% ABV). The independent family brewery’s India Pale Ale (6.1% ABV) and Whitstable Bay Pale Ale (4% ABV) also received bronze medals.

It is the 27th year of the worldwide competition launched to celebrate the very best beers from around the globe. It comprises 80 different categories, with each beer subjected to rigorous judging by panels of over 70 retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts, who sample them in blind tastings.

These are the latest in a series of honours for Shepherd Neame’s beers, with other recent wins including gold medals for Bishops Finger, India Pale Ale and 1698 at the British Bottlers’ Institute Awards.

Shepherd Neame Senior Brewer and Quality Manager Stewart Tricker said: “This is an outstanding result, a testament to our team’s passion and knowledge, and our commitment to quality and innovation. We are delighted to receive such fantastic accolades, showing once again that our beers are world class.”

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


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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