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10th October 2012


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A bewitching brew from Shepherd Neame is making a return for Halloween.

Spooks will be available in bottles and on cask from mid-October across the on- and off-trade. The Official Ghost Brew of All Hallows, the ale offers a rich and spicy taste, with a fruity and biscuity aroma.  A blood-spattered label claims the 4.7% abv beer contains “Gall of Shepherd, Slip of Neame, Silver’d in the Kent’s Moon Dream.”

As you might expect for a brewery in the heart of a medieval town, there is no shortage of supernatural tales at Shepherd Neame’s Faversham brewery.

In the last year alone a visitor to the brewery was left terrified after feeling hot breath down the back of her neck, several employees continue to refuse to enter ‘Annie’s Room’, an archive at the top of the brewery, and there have been yet more sightings of the cat’s ‘behind’ that disappears around corners. The brewery currently awaits the results of a study by paranormal investigators that took place last month.

Shepherd Neame marketing manager Mark Miller said: “The return of Spooks is a great opportunity to steady the nerves on Halloween and would make a fantastic centrepiece to celebrations on the night. The beer has an appropriately deep, red hue and bridges the gap between the golden ales of summer and dark winter brews.”


Spooks Ale will be available in cask from selected Shepherd Neame pubs and freehouses and in 500ml amber glass bottles from leading retailers including Asda and Morrisons. It will also be available online at:





Old City Bar Canterbury Caxton Arms Brighton
Fitzwalter Arms Goodnestone Foresters Arms Tonbridge
Royal Hotel Deal George Inn Newnham nr Sittingbourne
Ship and Trades Chatham Maritime White Horse Maldon
Eleanor Arms Bow Horse and Groom Ramsgate
Freemasons Arms Covent Garden, London King’s Head Staplehurst
The Crown Blackheath Cinque Ports Arms Rye
Le Gothique Beer Festival Wandsworth Common Wheelwrights Arms Matfield
Royal Wells Hotel Tunbridge Wells Seaview Hotel Birchington
Hoop and Grapes Farringdon Street, London Royal Oak River nr Dover
Stag Inn Hastings Gate Inn Marshside
Bush Blackbird and Thrush East Peckham, near Tonbridge Highwayman Horsmonden
White Horse Hawkinge Waterman’s Arms Wouldham
The Royal Tankerton Royal Mail Lydd
Cock Inn Boughton Monchelsea Richmond Tavern Folkestone
White Hart Cuxton The Spitfire West Malling
Crayford Arms Crayford The Lamb Farnham
Deal Hoy Deal Betsey Trotwood Farringdon Road, London
Mackland Arms Rainham Bishop’s Finger Canterbury
Blue Anchor Crowborough Royal Albion Maidstone
Red Lion Charing Heath nr Ashford Hasting’s Arms Hastings
Red Lion Wadhurst Mabel’s Tavern Nr King’s Cross, London
Plough Inn Hastings The Grapes Cafe Bar Gravesend
King’s Head Hythe



Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer and is based in Faversham, Kent. It brews ales including Spitfire, Bishops Finger, 1698, Master Brew and Canterbury Jack plus the lagers Asahi, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Oranjeboom under licence. It operates an estate of more than 350 pubs, inns and hotels in the South East.



For further information please call: John Humphreys, Communications Manager, 01795 542263


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