Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/user?keys= en Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-brewery-tour-gift-certificate <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 October 2014</p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Gift%20cert.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 199px; float: right;" />This week's Shop Pick is our most popular <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two-plus-jute-bag-six-beers" target="_blank"><strong>Brewery Tour Gift Certificate </strong></a>with six beers to take home<strong>. </strong><br /><br />Our <strong>Award-Winning Brewery Tour</strong> takes you behind the scenes at Shepherd Neame, Britain's Oldest Brewer.<br /><br />Participants are taken on a guided tour <strong>inside the working brewery</strong>, to learn a little of the ancient art of brewing. See our old oak mash tuns, learn about malted barley, smell the hop pellets, and see how it's all done before rounding the tour off with a tutored beer tasting.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/three_col_Tour1_0.jpg" style="width: 212px; height: 140px; float: left;" />The £39.99 gift certificate is valid<div><strong>for two peopl</strong>e, and includes includes:<ul><li>The <strong>full daytime tour and tutored tasting</strong>, lasting around two hours</li><li>A sturdy jute<strong> gift bag</strong> to fill with six bottles of beer from the brewery shop</li></ul>We provide a certificate, and personalised gift message if you wish, which can be sent to you or directly to your recipient.<br />It is <strong>valid for a year</strong>, so they can call us and book a visit at a time to suit them.<br />Easily accessed from the M2 or by national rail, just over an hour from London.<br /><br /><strong>The ideal gift for any beer enthusiast!  <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two-plus-jute-bag-six-beers" target="_blank">Order here </a></strong>or, if you prefer, call us on 01795 542014 - we'll be happy to help.<br /> </div><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-previous right"><a href="/blog/cask-ale-week-how-taste-beer">Cask Ale Week: How to Taste Beer <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:30:55 +0000 M.Farmer 43101 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Cask Ale Week: How to Taste Beer http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/cask-ale-week-how-taste-beer <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 October 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/cask-ale-week">Cask Ale Week</a></p><p><strong>Let’s assess a beer together.</strong></p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Perfect%20Pint.jpg" />Firstly, lift up your glass and look at the<strong> colour of the beer</strong>.  How would you describe it?  Is it the colour of straw, or gold?  Perhaps amber, or chestnut? </p> <p>Secondly, we will <strong>check for clarity</strong>.  Wiggle your fingers on the other side of the glass.  Can you see them?  Your beer should be completely clear – if it is not, this suggests that the cask has perhaps been disturbed, the beer has not been left long enough to settle in the cellar, or the pub does not have strict enough line cleaning in place.  In all cases, the beer should be politely returned.</p> <p>There are a few exceptions – including wheat beers, and beers that are bottle conditioned – if you have been a little hasty in your excitement, and poured the whole bottle into your glass rather quickly, you will have also poured in the yeast present in bottle conditioned beer – it won’t do you any harm, and some prefer it this way, but if you would like you beer to stay clear, next time leave it to settle and pour carefully.</p> <p>Next, before drinking we need to <strong>check the condition of the beer</strong>.  Carefully agitate your glass a little so that the beer moves around in a circular motion.  You should see some bubbles sticking to the side of your glass – this is called lacing, and it is a sign that your beer is in good condition.  Beers in the best condition will leave circles of lacing down the glass as you drink.</p> <p>There should be something of a head on the beer, not too much or too little - too little can indicate a dirty glass or a beer that has been on for too long.  Cask ale should not be flat, but when in good condition will have just the right amount of bubbles – the carbon dioxide that occurs naturally during fermentation.</p> <p>Lastly before we taste, we will <strong>smell the beer</strong>.  A large percentage of what we perceive as taste is actually coming from our sense of smell.  Your beer may smell of many things – biscuits, malt, caramel, or if more heavily hopped perhaps cut grass, or citrus.  These are all good.  If however your beer smells of vinegar, this can be a bad sign. </p> <p>Now the bit you have been waiting for – taste it.  There is really no right or wrong way to taste beer – however, your bitter taste buds are at the back of your tongue, so taking a good mouthful is heartily recommended.</p> <p><strong>Now, and most importantly... Enjoy!</strong></p> <p>If this has got your mouth watering, why not visit us at the brewery for a behind the scenes tour, and tutored beer tasting?  <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions" target="_blank">Find out more</a>.</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/shop-pick-brewery-tour-gift-certificate"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-millers-arms">Pub of the Week: The Miller&#039;s Arms <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Cask Ale Week: How to Taste Beer" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20:58 +0000 M.Farmer 43011 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk