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12th April 2023

Soar on the wings of new flavours with Shepherd Neame’s Dragonfire

Independent Kentish brewer Shepherd Neame is delighted to unveil Dragonfire (4.5% ABV), the second beer in its popular real ale initiative Cask Club.

An English ale, Dragonfire offers a well-balanced fruitiness from Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops, with subtle herbal notes of spearmint and cedar courtesy of the Pioneer hops used during dry hopping. A Kentish variety, Pioneer was originally released in 1996 after it was bred by the team at Horticulture Research International, Wye College.

And it’s not just the hop flavours but also the look of Cask Club that takes a fresh approach, with dynamic new designs bringing to life the original stories of Britain’s oldest brewer and its unique Kentish roots.

Dragonfire’s design pays homage to Shepherd Neame being the first brewery outside of London – and the second brewery anywhere in the world – to incorporate steam power into the brewing process. The Sun and Planet steam engines, created by engineers Matthew Boulton and James Watt, were installed at the Faversham brewery in 1789.

Technical Brewer Danielle Whelan said: “We decided to use the Pioneer hop alongside the well-loved Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops in this brew to offer an innovative flavour and aroma profile, which we hope will entice real ale fans and new cask drinkers alike to try Dragonfire.

“It’s been a rewarding experience creating this recipe, and we are excited for drinkers to enjoy a pint of this flavoursome beer throughout April!”

Shepherd Neame’s Cask Club was launched in 2019, offering an exciting new range of limited edition innovative cask beers incorporating modern styles and flavours, while also celebrating some seasonal classics.

Drinkers are able to get involved with Cask Club by picking up a passport at participating pubs, collecting a bespoke crook stamp for each new Cask Club ale tried. Those who complete the passport will be eligible for an exclusive Cask Club t-shirt, and will be entered into a prize draw for a weekend getaway.

Future ales in the Cask Club programme to look out for over the next few months include Citra Smack (3.8% ABV Citra Ale), Cobnut (3.8%) and Session IPA Creekside (3.4% ABV).

To be the first to discover new Cask Club beers sign up to hear more:, and follow @shepherdneame on social media.


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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