Early Bird delivers the spirit of springtime

Posted: 25 February 2011

Blog category: News, Beer, Seasonals, Early Bird

Shepherd Neame’s Early Bird Spring Hop Ale delivers a boost of fresh, seasonal flavours to lift the spirits as the weather gets warmer.

Deliciously floral in taste, Early Bird Spring Hop Ale takes its name from the Early Bird variety of East Kent Goldings hops, grown in the East Kent hop fields around Shepherd Neame’s brewery in Faversham.

The light golden beer, with an abv of 4.3%, is full-bodied and has been a spring favourite with ale-lovers since it was first brewed by Britain’s oldest brewer in the mid 1990s.

Beer writer Ben McFarland describes Early Bird: “A fabulously refreshing, bracing beer that hails early maturing Goldings hops in style. Alive and open with a golden glint in its eye, it stirs up spring sensations of blossom, honey, freshly-cut grass and plenty of pine on the nose. The gentle bitterness, soothed by an undercurrent of light biscuit malt, delivers a dry finish. Superb with salads and whitebait.”

Early Bird Spring Hop Ale will be available on draught in selected pubs and clubs from March until the end of May.
The 500ml bottles of Early Bird Spring Hop Ale, which have an abv of 4.5%, retail for around £1.69 and can be purchased online and from Asda, Morrisons, Kent Tesco stores and other leading off-licences and supermarkets.