Pilot Brewery

Special Beer Commemorates the Life of Buddy Holly

31 January 2013

Senior Brewer, Stewart Main has created a special beer in Shepherd Neame's Pilot Brewery to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly specifically for London pubs, the Betsey Trotwood, the Hoop & Grapes and the Rose and Crown* - Holly Hop Ale, a 4.1% American-style IPA. The Betsey Trotwood, will be holding a celebration of Buddy Holly's life on 2nd February

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Make your Burns Night 'Extra Special'

21 January 2013

No-one looks forward to their Haggis, neeps & tatties as much as our very own piece of Scotland - Senior Brewer, Stewart Main. And he knows exactly how to celebrate Burns Night! "A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s national Bard. An Evening of song, poetry, music and of course great food and drink.

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Salutation Ale

10 October 2012

The Salutation at Sandwich celebrates it’s centenary this year. To commemorate the event  Dominic Parker from The Salutation came to the Brewery to brew  a special beer with me in the Pilot Brewery.I designed a recipe that would produce a traditional, old style, full, malty  flavour.

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Unveiling... Our Green Hop Ale!

17 September 2012

Senior brewer Stewart Main has brewed Oast Dodger at Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery for the Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight. He explains why the brewery was keen to get involved: “Green hop ales are a unique opportunity to showcase the full array of flavours and aromas contained within hops.

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RealAleGuide and the Ginger Porter

19 September 2011

Last week we had Simon and Mel come to the brewery to tour, review beer and brew a Ginger Porter in the pilot brewery. Simon has been reviewing beers on YouTube for the last year and his wife Mel has recently joined in they are known as RealAleGuide and MrsRealAleGuide. Here you can see all the stages of brewing the ginger porter.   Part 1: Arriving at the brewery  

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