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Shepherd Neame, Farversham,

United Kingdom


The mayor of Faversham, Capt Richard Marsh of the Cinque Ports Militia, founded a brewery in 1698 over an artesian well in Court Street, known then as North Street.

Ownership of the brewery passed to Samuel Shepherd in 1741, a maltster and member of a prominent land owning family. As various partners joined the firm, so the name changed to Shepherd & Hilton, Shepherd & Mares and, finally, when John Mares died and 28-year-old Percy Beale Neame joined the partnership in 1864, Shepherd Neame & Co..


Bishops Finger

Bishop's Finger was first brewed in 1958 and is named after a historical Kentish sign post. The water is drawn from the brewery's own artesian well; the yeast is cultured on site while the hops and barley are grown locally in Kent.

Bishops fingers were found only in Kent because they were fingerposts sited along the Pilgrims Way to show the pilgrims the route to Thomas à Becket’s shrine in Canterbury Cathedral before it was destroyed by Henry VIII in the 16 th century.

Bishops Finger, 2001.

Kentish Strong Ale. 5,4 % vol.

Bishops Finger, 2002.

Kentish Strong Ale. 5,4 % vol.

Bishops Finger, 2010.

Kentish Strong Ale. 5,4 % vol.

Christmas Ale
Brewed to compite with the lager beers. Used barley and wheat malt. Liberty and Saaz hops.
Christmas Ale, 2003.

ABV 5,0%.

Christmas Ale, 2017.

ABV 7,0%.

Amber Winter ale.

Double Stout
Brewed from a resipe discovered in the vaults of Shepherd Neame.
Double Stout, 2018.

500 ml. ABV 5,2%.

Brewed to an original 300 years old recipe from Percy Neame´s brewing book.
1698. Celebration Ale, 2001.

500 ml. ABV 6,5%.


Spitfire. 2002.

Kentish Ale.

500 ml. ABV 4,5%.

Whitstable Bay
Organic. New Zealand Gem and Hallertau hops.

Whitstable Bay.

Organic Ale.

500 ml. ABV 4,5%.