Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/undefined?keys= en Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/foodies-flock-enjoy-taste-faversham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>Spring is here, and Faversham’s famous hops are shooting up in the gardens surrounding the town.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Hop%20shoots-300.jpg" />To celebrate their arrival, <a href="http://tastefaversham.org" target="_blank">TasteFaversham</a> came up with the idea of organising a visit to a Teynham hop garden, followed by a Hop Shoots Tasting Dinner at the Carriage Restaurant in Faversham’s <a href="http://www.railwayhotelfaversham.co.uk" target="_blank">Railway Hotel</a>.</p> <p>Tickets were sold out for the event, which took place at the historic Shepherd Neame pub on the evening of Thursday, April 10.</p> <p>The menu included Hop Shoots with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus; Hop Shoots, Asparagus and Sundried Tomato Lasagne, and Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Fillet of Kentish Lamb with Sauteéd Hop Shoots.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Laszlo%20Kocsis%20and%20Andrea%20Kocsis%20with%20a%20plate%20of%20hop%20shoots-300.jpg" />Head chef Laszlo Kocsis said: “They used to call hop shoots the poor man’s asparagus, so when TasteFaversham approached me about putting together a special tasting menu, that was my starting point.</p> <p>“I hadn’t cooked with hop shoots before so I really enjoyed creating the menu, as I like to devise new dishes.”</p> <p>The Hungarian-born chef, who has been at the Carriage Restaurant, managed by his wife Andrea, since October, added: “We were really pleased that tickets for the dinner sold out. It is great to see that customers are interested in trying new things, and there is nowhere better to try these dishes than in Faversham, the home of the hop.”</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-look-dorkings-oldest-pub">New Look for Dorking&#039;s Oldest Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:37:43 +0000 james.purcell 35166 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Look for Dorking's Oldest Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-dorkings-oldest-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>10 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>Dorking’s oldest pub, the <a href="http://www.kingsarms-dorking.co.uk" target="_blank">Kings Arms</a>, has new licensees and a new look.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/King%27s%20Arms%2C%20Dorking-017%20%28300x200%29.jpg" />Believed to be the oldest building in the town, dating back to 1405, the Shepherd Neame pub has been taken on by licensees Gurdeep Manku and Rosie Adams.<br /> <br />The couple met eight years ago while working at a London pub, and as Rosie was originally from Dorking, they moved back in 2008 when starting a family.<br /> <br />The pair became licensees of The Cricketers Inn, and as a result of their success, decided to look into taking on a second pub.<br /> <br />Gurdeep said: “We knew the Kings Arms well, as it is just on the next street, and liked it, so when the opportunity arose to take on the tenancy last year we applied, and were delighted to be successful.”<br /> <br />The historic pub was in need of some modernisation, so the brewery agreed to fund a £140,000 renovation project, which started in February and finished this month.<br /> <br />Works carried out include structural improvements to the roof and chimneys, a new central heating system, refurbishment of the toilets, a new bar counter and back bar and new flagstone floor in the snug bar. The pub was completely repainted inside and out, new wall decorations sourced and new electrics installed.<br /> <br />The pub has two courtyards which were both given a makeover, including the introduction of a new 50” outdoor TV screen. The larger courtyard was also decorated with bicycles to reflect the local area’s heritage, as nearby Box Hill was used for cycling events in the 2012 London Olympics and there are several cycling groups in and around the town.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/King%27s%20Arms%2C%20Dorking-007%20%28300x200%29.jpg" />A new timber floor was installed in the restaurant, and Gurdeep and Rosie are working with chef Alec Donnelly to develop a new menu for the pub.<br /> <br />Gurdeep said: “We currently only offer lunches, served from noon to 3pm, Monday to Saturday, and until 4pm on Sunday, but we are hoping to introduce an evening menu. It will still be our traditional pub classics, hopefully served two or three nights a week.”<br /> <br />Gurdeep added: “We are really pleased with the pub’s new look, and have received lots of compliments from locals. Looking after two pubs is a lot of work, but we enjoy the challenge and have some great staff to help us.”<br /> <br />At the pub’s official opening on Monday, April 7, the first pint was pulled by Rosie’s father Paul Adams, a chartered accountant involved in the licensed trade.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to local charity The Brigitte Trust, which supports people facing life-threatening illness.<br /> <br />Property and tenanted trade director George Barnes said: “We have to be very sensitive when refurbishing an historic building such as this, to provide the modern facilities that people want without undermining its unique character. We are very pleased with the refurbishment and are confident that Gurdeep and Rosie will make the Kings Arms a great success.”</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/foodies-flock-enjoy-taste-faversham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/top-honour-one-million-hotel-employee">Top Honour for ‘One in a Million’ Hotel Employee <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look for Dorking&#039;s Oldest Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 35131 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Top Honour for ‘One in a Million’ Hotel Employee http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/top-honour-one-million-hotel-employee <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>07 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/hotels">Hotels</a>, <a href="/blog/staff">Staff</a></p><p>An employee at the <a href="http://www.albionbroadstairs.co.uk" target="_blank">Royal Albion Hotel</a> in Broadstairs has been named Hospitality Employee of the Year in the Pride in Thanet Tourism Awards.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/GIBG20140331E-012_C-250.JPG" />Aram Rawf, part of the front-of-house team at the seaside retreat, also received the overall Pride in Thanet Tourism Award during the glittering ceremony, organised by Thanet District Council.</p> <p>The awards have been held annually since 2005, to recognise individuals in Thanet’s tourism industry who go the extra mile to deliver outstanding customer service.<br /> <br />Locals and visitors to the area are invited to nominate deserving staff online or on postcards distributed to dozens of outlets around Thanet.<br /> <br />One of the nomination card comments for Aram said: “He is one in a million, amazing, he is always warm, helpful and cheerful, a ‘poster boy’ for service with a smile.”<br /> <br />This year’s awards were sponsored by the Isle of Thanet Gazette and supported by Visit Kent. Speakers included Visit Kent chairman Amanda Cottrell and VisitEngland enterprise director Jenny McGee.<br /> <br />In addition to his engraved glass trophy, Aram also received a bottle of Chapel Down sparkling wine, golf vouchers courtesy of Stonelees, an editorial feature, advert and P&amp;O ferry crossing for a car and up to nine people courtesy of Isle of Thanet Gazette, and pass to Kent attractions courtesy of Visit Kent.<br /> <br />Aram said: “This award means a lot and is totally unexpected.  I was only doing my daily job.  Every customer is important, they keep us in our jobs.  They could go to other places but they choose to come to us, so they deserve a special welcome.” <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/GIBG20140331E-023_C-580.JPG" /></p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/new-look-dorkings-oldest-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look for Dorking&#039;s Oldest Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/george-dragonfire-great-ale">By George, Dragonfire is a Great Ale! <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Top Honour for ‘One in a Million’ Hotel Employee" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:34:03 +0000 james.purcell 34746 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk By George, Dragonfire is a Great Ale! http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/george-dragonfire-great-ale <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>04 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Dragonfire%206%20Nov.jpg" />Enjoy a taste of England with Shepherd Neame’s new Dragonfire Ale.</p> <p>Created to commemorate St George’s Day, it combines barley, oats, rye and wheat with two English hop varieties – Goldings and First Gold – in addition to a fiery secret ingredient.</p> <p>Conceived in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery, the gutsy seasonal ale is now among a new collection of <em>No.18 Yard Brewhouse</em> beers, named after the historic cask store.</p> <p>Full bodied and rich with a mellow mahogany hue, Dragonfire (ABV 4.5%) will be available from April 7 to May 4.</p> <p>And make sure you don’t miss out on the other limited edition beers on offer from <em>No.18 Yard Brewhouse</em> this year:</p> <p>· <strong>4-4-2 </strong>(4.0% abv) – This 10-hop beer provides the kick required to get fans behind England for the summer of football excitement ahead, available from June 9 to July 13.<br />· <strong>Spooks Halloween Ale </strong>(4.7% abv) - a devilishly great beer, available from October 6 to November 2<br />· <strong>Rudolph’s Reward</strong> (3.7% abv) - a light winter beer, available from December 1 to 31.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/top-honour-one-million-hotel-employee"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Top Honour for ‘One in a Million’ Hotel Employee</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-s-generation-ale-ladies-choice">Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale is the ladies’ choice <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="By George, Dragonfire is a Great Ale!" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 34571 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale is the ladies’ choice http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-s-generation-ale-ladies-choice <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>03 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a></p><img alt="Lisa Harlow, Annabel Smith, Ros Shiel of Dea Latis" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dea%201.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />Dea Latis, a group of female beer enthusiasts and industry experts, recently hosted its fifth annual beer and chocolate tasting.<br /><br />Twenty guests gathered in the Clarence pub on Whitehall to taste six beers, including Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale, each paired with a chocolate chosen to enhance the flavours in each.<br /><br />Expert guidance to the beer and chocolate matches was provided by Annabel Smith, beer sommelier and Dea Latis founder.<br /><br />Annabel said: “We regularly pair beer with a variety of foods, but the chocolate tasting is probably our most popular event. The fact that we’re staging this event for the fifth time reflects not only the strong appeal of sampling beer and chocolate together, but also the growing awareness of Dea Latis within the beer and pubs industry.”<br /><br />The beers and chocolates tasted by guests at the Clarence were:<br />·         Shepherd Neame Generation Ale (ABV 9%) with Green &amp; Black’s Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut &amp; Raisins<br />·         Molson Coors Blue Moon (ABV 5.4%) with Terry’s Milk Chocolate Orange<br />·         Everards Tiger (ABV 4.2%) with Green &amp; Black’s Butterscotch Milk Chocolate<br />·         Thwaites Tavern Porter (ABV 4.7%) with chocolate cup cakes<br />·         Adnams Sole Bay (ABV 10%) with Montezumas Peeling Amorous White Chocolate<br />·         Liefman’s Kriek lambic cherry beer (ABV 4.2%) with Thorntons Dark Chilli Chocolate<br /><br /><img alt="Beer writer Jane Peyton at the event" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dea%202.jpg" style="width: 186px; height: 280px; float: right;" />Dea Latis – named after the Celtic goddess of beer - was launched four years ago as a forum where women working in breweries, pubs or related jobs could share insights and experience.<br /><br />The group now holds a number of beer and food tastings through the year and regularly communicates with around 220 women including brewers, licensees, quality managers, trainers, writers, bloggers and a growing number of interested beer drinkers.<br /><br />Shepherd Neame is among a number of national and regional brewers and related bodies who have recently become Dea Latis corporate partners, offering financial and other support to help the group develop further.<br /><br />Annabel added: “We’re delighted with the response to our requests for support. Brewers see the benefits of becoming part of a generic drive to engage women with beer, as an adjunct to whatever women-specific marketing they might be doing themselves. With this welcome support to underpin the group, we can plan more activities to bring beer to women this year.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dea%20Latis%20Beer%20and%20Chocolate%20Tasting%20Mar%2014-006%20%281024x681%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" /><strong>Generation Ale (ABV 9%) was launched in 2011 as a limited edition ale hand-crafted to commemorate five generations of Shepherd Neame as an independent family brewery.<br /><br />It is available exclusively from the brewery shop. Click </strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/generation-ale"><strong>here</strong></a><strong> for more details. </strong><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/george-dragonfire-great-ale"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> By George, Dragonfire is a Great Ale!</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neames-visitor-centre-shortlisted-tourism-award">Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Tourism Award <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale is the ladies’ choice" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:31:42 +0000 polly.wann 34481 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame's Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Tourism Award http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neames-visitor-centre-shortlisted-tourism-award <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>02 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a></p><p>Shepherd Neame’s award-winning Visitor Centre has been shortlisted for the <a href="http://www.visitenglandawards.org" target="_blank">VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014</a>.</p> <p>The honours celebrate the best of English tourism, and Britain’s oldest brewer is one of just five finalists in the Small Visitor Attraction Category.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Shepherd%20Neame%27s%20shop%20and%20visitor%20centre.jpg" />Its Visitor Centre is set in a beautifully-restored medieval hall house on the historic brewery site in Faversham.</p> <p>From there, visitors can join an 80 minute guided tour through the busy working brewery, to learn about the ancient art of brewing. They can see the traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s artesian well; try some malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops.</p> <p>The tour also includes a visit to the Old Brewery Store, housed in the old wines and spirits store, which features impressive displays of historic delivery vehicles, a recreated cooper’s workshop, bygone pub signs and a collection of hop picking memorabilia.</p> <p>It ends back in the Visitor Centre with a tutored tasting of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and speciality lagers, before visitors have the chance to visit the Brewery Shop and pick up a souvenir, gift or some of their favourite beer.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Beer%20and%20Food%20Matching%20Evening%20at%20the%20Visitor%20Centre.jpg" />Evening tours and events are available, including the popular six-course Beer and Food Matching dinner, where guests enjoy a meal of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with a beer to match each course. There is also regular live music and entertainment in The Old Brewery Store.</p> <p>VisitEngland’s glittering Awards Ceremony is taking place on Monday, May 12 at Cheltenham Racecourse.</p> <p>This is the latest in a string of successes for Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre. At the 2010 Beautiful South Tourism Awards it won gold in the Small Visitor Attraction category; in 2011 it was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and Best Little Treasure at the Group Travel Awards; and has picked up the Silver award at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards for the past two years.</p> <p>The achievement is particularly remarkable as VisitEngland attracted 368 applications for its 2014 Awards – an increase of 15% on 2013.</p> <p>Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We are delighted to have made the shortlist for this prestigious competition. We are passionate about sharing the unique history of Britain’s oldest brewer and it is great for the dedication and enthusiasm of our staff to be recognised in this way.”</p> <p>James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland said: “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as finalists for this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.  We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a tremendous achievement for Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre to become a finalist and to represent the top five in their category in England.  I wish all the finalists the very best of luck for the Awards Ceremony in May.”</p> <p><strong>Shepherd Neame is offering 20% off brewery tours throughout April.  Quote VEA14 when <a href="/node/2350">booking online</a> or by telephone on 01795 542016.</strong></p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-s-generation-ale-ladies-choice"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale is the ladies’ choice</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/media-reports-regarding-beers-sugar-content">Media Reports Regarding Beer&#039;s Sugar Content <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Tourism Award" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:11:09 +0000 james.purcell 34471 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Media Reports Regarding Beer's Sugar Content http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/media-reports-regarding-beers-sugar-content <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><p>Following media coverage of a new study regarding the amount of sugar in beer, British Beer and Pub Association policy manager Steve Livens explains why, in truth, a pint of beer typically contains less than a teaspoon of sugar:<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/_MG_5379.jpg" />"While the total carbohydrate content might be higher, this is only because the finished beer contains other sources of carbohydrates, such as soluble fibre, many of which have been individually associated with positive health benefits.<br /> <br />"Most beer will have very little, if any, sugar added during the brewing process, and sugars added will almost entirely be converted into alcohol.<br /> <br />"As this study largely focuses on sugar being a proxy for calories, it is worth remembering that beer is low in calories. A typical half a pint of bitter contains just 90 calories; that's fewer than in the same amount of orange juice, or milk. The average sugar content for ale with a characteristic alcohol strength of 4%-5% ABV is around 2.5g per 500ml.”<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame senior brewer, Stewart Tricker adds: “It is disappointing to note the calculation regarding Spitfire Ale in the study is incorrect: total sugar in Spitfire Ale is 0.5g per 100mls, meaning 2.5g (half a teaspoon) of sugar is present in a 500ml bottle – half the 5g incorrectly stated in the study.<br /> <br />"Moreover, beer typically contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Enjoyed in moderation by those without underlying health conditions, beer can certainly be part of a healthy lifestyle." </p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neames-visitor-centre-shortlisted-tourism-award"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Tourism Award</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-weekthe-hook-hatchet-hucking">Pub of the Week:The Hook &amp; Hatchet, Hucking <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Media Reports Regarding Beer&#039;s Sugar Content" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:57:22 +0000 james.purcell 34421 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk