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Posted: 22 November 2011
Blog category: News
Comedian Ade Edmondson rolled out the barrel when he visited the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham for his new ITV series, Ade In Britain.
Star of Bottom and The Young Ones, Ade tried his hand at brewing for the series which looks at great British customs and heritage.
His visit – to be broadcast on Friday, December 2 at 4pm – sees the funny man take a serious interest in Shepherd Neame’s brewing methods.
Shepherd Neame senior brewer Stewart Tricker, who accompanied the Comic Strip star, said: “Ade visited a nearby hop garden as Shepherd Neame sources its ingredients locally, and he mashed in at the brewhouse. We also spent some time in the sampling room. At one point he did try to run out of the brewery with a cask on his shoulders!”
The series, which started on November 7, follows Ade as he travels around Britain discovering each region’s traditional foods and customs. As Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales enjoy protected geographical indication – a European Union designation recognising provenance – Britain’s oldest brewer fitted the bill perfectly.
Ade saw for himself how Shepherd Neame combines local ingredients with hundreds of years’ of brewing excellence and the latest technology to produce such distinctively Kentish ales as Spitfire, Bishops Finger and Master Brew.
The comedian is no stranger to Kent. His folk band, The Bad Shepherds, played in Whitstable earlier this year and is set to return when they perform at The Quarterhouse in Folkestone on November 25. He also made a memorable Captain Hook in the panto, Peter Pan, at Canterbury in 2009/10.
Visitors can discover the secrets behind Shepherd Neame’s brewing expertise with a brewery tour. For more information and to book a visit click here.