Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/zkkzrwdj.html?keys= en Enjoy an Early Taste of Summer http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/enjoy-early-taste-summer-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>05 May 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/seasonals">Seasonals</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><p>Enjoy an early taste of summer with one of Shepherd Neame’s refreshing seasonal beers.</p> <p>Britain’s oldest brewer is releasing two of its most popular limited edition cask ales in June: Goldings Ale and Brilliant Ale.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Goldings-logo-200.png" /><a href="/node/23511">Goldings Ale</a></strong> (4.1% abv) is a golden ale made from Kentish First Gold and German Hersbrukker hops, dry hopped with Kentish Goldings grown in gardens close to the Faversham brewery. These citrusy hops are melded with the nutty, wholemeal character of crystal and ale malt to create a tangy, fresh finish with notes of banana and mango.</p> <p>There’s no chance you will miss it at the bar, as the brand has undergone a complete redesign to give it a more eye-catching, contemporary look. Look out for the colourful yellow square pump clip illustrated with a sunny scene taken at one of Kent’s most spectacular beaches - Botany Bay at Kingsgate near Broadstairs.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Brilliant-Ale-logo-200.png" />One of Shepherd Neame’s oldest beers, <a href="/node/15226"><strong>Brilliant Ale</strong></a> (4% abv) was first brewed sometime between 1825 and 1855. Inspired by the early morning sun sending golden shafts of light through the brewhouse window, Victorian brewers used 100% pale malt and the East Kent Goldings hops to create a golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale. While staying true to the spirit of the original, the modern incarnation has been rejuvenated by using the modern hop variety Cascade.</p> <p>A beer style unique to Shepherd Neame, Brilliant Ale is part of the Classic Collection, a range of draught beers recreated from historic recipes discovered in its archives, which also includes Double Stout and India Pale Ale.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Blonde%20Ambition.png" /><a href="/node/15236">Samuel Adams’ Blonde Ambition</a></strong> (4.5% abv), a limited edition cask ale specially created to celebrate American Independence Day on July 4, will also be available from June. Brewed by Shepherd Neame from a recipe devised in collaboration with the Boston Beer Company, it uses equal measures of US and UK hops. The result is a refreshing pale ale offering a delightful blend of grapefruit notes from the American Cascade hops, and grassy earthiness from the Kent-grown Cascade hops.</p> <p>All three beers are available on cask from June to August. </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/rediscover-magna-carta-shepherd-neame">Rediscover Magna Carta with Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Enjoy an Early Taste of Summer" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 56681 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Rediscover Magna Carta with Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/rediscover-magna-carta-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 May 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_1215%20label.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Yesterday we officially launched a limited edition ale to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. It is named 1215 after the year in which the historic document was sealed, which established the rule of law and also defined the traditional pint of ale: “There shall be but one Measure throughout the Realm”.<br /><br />A traditional strong English ale, 1215 (8% abv) is infused with medieval ale ingredients such as Mugwort, Yarrow, Woodruff and Fennel, which were used before hops became proliferant.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_1215%20mugwort.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />It is presented in a traditional amber 750ml bottle, embossed with the Shepherd Neame crook. Only 1,215 bottle-conditioned beers have been released, each encased within a presentation box bearing the signature approval of brewery president Robert Neame.<br /><br />Head brewer Richard Frost said: “We created 1215 in our pilot brewery, which allowed us to experiment, and are really pleased with the brew. It is very rich, with a hint of herbs to replicate what ale would have tasted like during the medieval period.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_1215%20box.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The brewery has been making beer at its historic site in the market town of Faversham, Kent, for more than 400 years. Faversham has a special connection to the Magna Carta as its town council recently discovered that a copy in its archives was an original.<br /><br />To commemorate the anniversary, the copy will be put on display in a special exhibition during the month of June. The town is also holding a weekend of celebrations on June 13 and 14, when Shepherd Neame will be offering visitors the chance to sample 1215 at two special guided brewery tours including tutored tastings.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Magna%20Carta%20bottle%20and%20box%20small.png" style="width: 177px; height: 300px; float: right;" />The tours are taking place at 11am and 2pm on Sunday, June 14. Tickets are priced £12.75 for adults, £8.90 for children aged 12 to 17 inclusive.<br />For more information or to book, call Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre on 01795 542016 or email <a href="mailto:tours@shepherdneame.co.uk">tours@shepherdneame.co.uk</a>.<br /><br />The beer will be on sale, priced £17.50, from Shepherd Neame’s brewery shop at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop">www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop</a> from today, 1st May.<br /><br /><br /><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/enjoy-early-taste-summer-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Enjoy an Early Taste of Summer</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-fun-day-raises-4000-childrens-charity">Pub Fun Day Raises £4,000 for Children&#039;s Charity <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Rediscover Magna Carta with Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 01 May 2015 09:02:45 +0000 M.Farmer 58036 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub Fun Day Raises £4,000 for Children's Charity http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-fun-day-raises-4000-childrens-charity <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 May 2015</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/charity">Charity</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>A day of wacky fundraising activities at a village pub in Kent raised £4,000 for a children’s charity.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/%28l-r%29%20Andy%20and%20Etta%20Bonugli%2C%20Steve%20and%20Nikki%20Bamford%2C%20with%20Isi%20%282%29.jpg" />Shepherd Neame pub <a href="/node/639">The Saddler in Minster</a> hosted the event, organised by village resident Etta Bonugli as her 16-year-old daughter Isi has Rett Syndrome - a rare neurodevelopmental disorder usually diagnosed in girls around their first birthday, which is currently incurable.</p> <p>Etta volunteered to have her shoulder-length hair shaved off at the fun day, and her 18-year-old son Somerset and pub licensee Steve Bamford endured a sponsored leg wax, along with five other male friends who drink regularly at the pub.</p> <p>A host of other fundraising activities also took place during the day, including karaoke, face painting and glitter tattoos, a raffle and tombola. More than 150 people attended the event, raising £4,000 for children’s charity <a href="http://www.reverserett.org.uk" target="_blank">Reverse Rett</a>, which works to fund research into treatments for Rett Syndrome.</p> <p>Mum-of-two Etta, 44, said: “Our family has held dozens of fundraising activities over the years since Isi was diagnosed, and I came up with the idea of having my head shaved as I thought it would be entertaining and get people donating! I’ve never had really short hair before, so it has been a bit of a shock, but it was definitely worth it.”</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20Saddler%2C%20Minster.jpg" />The fun day was a real community event, with village hairdresser Michael Abbott volunteering to shave Etta’s head, and more than 100 raffle and tombola prizes donated by local businesses. Etta’s school friends Ruth Relfe and Penny Osborn also helped organise the fundraiser.</p> <p>Father-of-two Steve, who runs the pub with wife Nikki, said: “When Henrietta approached me with the idea of holding a fundraiser at the pub, we were delighted to get involved. Our 17-year-old daughter Megan works at Ramsgate beauty salon Pamper and Polish, so she and her boss volunteered to do the leg waxing – which was very painful, but well worth it!”</p> <p>Etta added: “The generosity and support we have received from everyone in the village has been truly amazing, and we really cannot thank everyone enough. The more money we can raise, the more quickly we will be able to help advance the science that will bring a cure to thousands worldwide.”</p> <p>To offer a donation, visit <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/Henrietta-Bonugli3/">https://www.justgiving.com/Henrietta-Bonugli3/</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/rediscover-magna-carta-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Rediscover Magna Carta with Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/official-launch-new-look-seaside-pub">Official Launch for New Look Seaside Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Fun Day Raises £4,000 for Children&#039;s Charity" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 01 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 57606 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk