Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/blog?keys= en Pub Manager Completes Mammoth Charity Trek http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-manager-completes-mammoth-charity-trek <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Chris%20Peach%20at%20the%20peak%20of%20Mount%20Kilimanjaro.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 241px; float: left;" />Pub manager Chris Peach is back behind the bar after completing an epic charity challenge. Chris, 34, who runs the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/southfleet/manor-farm-barn" target="_blank">Manor Farm Barn</a> in Southfleet,has just returned to Kent after travelling to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.<br /><br />Despite never having completed any major physical challenges before, he successfully climbed Africa’s highest peak, which stands at 6,000m and is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.<br /><br />Chris said: “I didn’t know anyone else in the group before we came together for the challenge. It took us eight days, walking for at least eight hours a day, and was much harder than I thought. One of the worst parts was tackling the Barranco Wall, a near vertical climb of around 1,000ft.” <br /><br />The group had meals brought to them by porters every day, and shared tents on the mountain each night – although Chris was allowed his own as he is 6’6” tall.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Manor%20Farm%20Barn_0.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 195px; float: right;" />He said: “I was really lucky that I didn’t get altitude sickness like some of the others in the group. A really magical moment was reaching the peak as the sun was rising, as we had set off at midnight and got there at 7am. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience, and the views were absolutely amazing.”<br /><br />Chris has raised a total of £4,300 by completing the challenge, which will go to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.<br /><br />He decided to take on the challenge after suffering two tragic losses during the past couple of years. Paula Beagley, a member of his bar team, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer, and he and wife Kristie lost their son Joshua at 41 weeks to a stillbirth.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Manor%20Farm%20Barn%20manager%20Chris%20Peach.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 202px; float: left;" />Chris said: “Kristie and I were lucky enough to welcome our daughter Jessica eight months ago, but we wanted to raise money to help other parents affected by stillbirth, and also to aid research into pancreatic cancer.<br /><br />“I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have supported me and given so generously. I am definitely going to carry on fundraising – I just need to decide what my next big challenge is going to be!”<br /><br />To support Chris’ fundraising challenge, visit <a href="http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Peach3" target="_blank">www.justgiving.com/Chris-Peach3</a>.<br /><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-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-survey-shows-vital-role-beer-and-pubs-kent">New Survey Shows Vital Role of Beer and Pubs in Kent <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Manager Completes Mammoth Charity Trek" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:22:13 +0000 M.Farmer 51901 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Survey Shows Vital Role of Beer and Pubs in Kent http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-survey-shows-vital-role-beer-and-pubs-kent <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/bbpa">BBPA</a>, <a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><ul> <li>         More than 26,000 jobs in Kent reliant on beer and pubs</li> <li>         The beer and pub industry adds £559m to Kent economy</li> <li>         Industry pays wages totalling £277m in Kent</li> </ul> <p>The brewing and pub sector plays a vital role in the Kent economy, according to new figures released on website <a href="http://www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk">www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>Independent advisory firm Oxford Economics was commissioned by the British Beer &amp; Pub Association (BBPA) to conduct a major survey of Britain’s brewing and pub trade, showing the impact on jobs, wages, and the economy at a local level.</p> <p>The report identifies 1,502 pubs and 28 breweries in Kent, and states that the brewing and pub sector contributes £559m to the county’s GDP, and £297.7m in taxes. A total of £38.8m is directly invested in the county by the industry.</p> <p>It also shows that a total of 26,014 jobs in Kent are reliant on beer and pubs, 19,670 of them directly. The industry plays a pivotal role in the county’s youth employment, with 9,401 of those workers directly employed in the industry aged 16 to 24.</p> <p>BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “In Kent the brewing and pub sector is a dynamic part of the local economy. Historic and vibrant; it creates jobs, adds to the local economy and is at the centre of the hospitality industry, our cultural heritage and the social life of every community.”</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blocks/Shepherd%20Neame%20chief%20executive%20Jonathan%20Neame.jpg" />Jonathan Neame, BBPA chairman and chief executive of Shepherd Neame based in Faversham, which directly employs around 1,200 staff at the brewery and in its 52 managed houses, and indirectly provides jobs for around 4,000 people across its tenanted estate, welcomed the findings of the report.</p> <p>He said: “I am delighted that this report has identified the important role that the brewing and pub sector plays in the Kent economy, and indeed across the UK as a whole. The sector is performing well thanks to greater consumer confidence, improved weather conditions, and lower taxation on beer. As a consequence, after many years of decline, the beer market has grown.”</p> <p>Indeed, following the release of the report, the BBPA is calling for the Government to cut beer duty for a third time in this year’s Budget on March 18.</p> <p>Ms Simmonds said: “Our new website shows that beer and pubs provide huge numbers of local jobs, especially for young people. The last two years of duty cuts have made a real difference, saving jobs across the country, boosting investment and increasing confidence. But with beer duty still 36% higher than it was in 2008, we really need another cut.  I also hope MPs will take note of the huge local impact of <a href="http://www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk">www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk</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/pub-manager-completes-mammoth-charity-trek"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub Manager Completes Mammoth Charity Trek</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-grants-morella-cherry-brandy">Shop Pick: Grant&#039;s Morella Cherry Brandy <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Survey Shows Vital Role of Beer and Pubs in Kent" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 51686 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Grant's Morella Cherry Brandy http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-grants-morella-cherry-brandy <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 February 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Grant%27s%20Morella%20%20Cherry%20Brandy.jpg" style="float: left; height: 357px; width: 120px;" />This week's <strong>Shop Pick</strong> is our Grant's Morella Cherry Brandy.  A delicious and moreish tipple, Cherry Brandy is said to have been a favourite of Queen Victoria, and today holds a <strong>Royal Warrant</strong> from the Prince of Wales. Produced to the highest quality, it continues to maintain the flavour and tradition of its celebrated past.<br /><br />Ideal as a gift for Mother's Day, or just as a treat for yourself.  We can include a gift card with yuor message free of charge.<h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/grants-morella-cherry-brandy-50cl-bottle?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">Click here to ORDER NOW</a> or call 01795 542014<br /><br /><br /> </h4><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-survey-shows-vital-role-beer-and-pubs-kent"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Survey Shows Vital Role of Beer and Pubs in Kent</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-black-boy-sevenoaks">Pub of the Week: The Black Boy, Sevenoaks <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Grant&#039;s Morella Cherry Brandy" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:32:14 +0000 M.Farmer 51886 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Black Boy, Sevenoaks http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-black-boy-sevenoaks <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>24 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/BlackBoy/blog_half_Blackboy%2C%20Sevenoaks-007.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 185px; float: left;" /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sevenoaks/black-boy" target="_blank">The Black Boy</a> is a busy pub right in the heart of Sevenoaks town centre.  The ideal spot for a lunch with friends or colleagues, the pub is just as popular as a meeting place for drinks in the evening, and is known for its home from home feel, and comfortable, relaxed ambience.<br /><br />Inside, the Black Boy successfully combines a traditional pub feel with the crisp modern stylishness of a wine bar, with wooden floors, plenty of seating, and a few cosy corners to settle into. There is an outside seating area in its pleasant courtyard which, as it forms part of the pedestrianized section of the town, is perfect for watching the world go by.  When it isn’t warm enough to go al fresco, there are two welcoming open fires and comfy sofas to be found inside.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/BlackBoy/blog_half_Blackboy%2C%20Sevenoaks-001.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />At lunchtime, there is a menu of sandwiches and pub classics, as well as daily specials, and in the evenings a range of tempting bar snacks provide the ideal accompaniment to an after work pint, or relaxing bottle of wine with friends. On the bar you will find a range of Shepherd Neame ales and lagers, a very carefully chosen selection of quality red and white wines, a wine of the month, and all your usual soft drinks, selection of teas and coffees.<br /><br />Situated in the centre of Sevenoaks, the pub is a great destination for a post shopping lunch, or stop off after visiting one of the local attractions, such as nearly <a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/" target="_blank">Knole</a>, a historic house and medieval deer park, which is within walking distance or a short drive from the pub.  The town’s <a href="http://www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk/" target="_blank">Stag Theatre</a> is also a short walk away.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/BlackBoy/three_col_Black-Boy-Main.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 209px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />In keeping with the relaxing atmosphere, the pub hosts an acoustic music night the first Tuesday of every month.  It is also available for private hire on Sundays, with catering available, and is proving very popular for birthdays and christening receptions.<br />The Black Boy is in Bank Street, in Sevenoaks town centre.  For more information and directions, you can visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sevenoaks/black-boy" target="_blank">their website</a>, call the team on 01732 452 192 or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/blackboysevenoaks" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<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/shop-pick-grants-morella-cherry-brandy"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Grant&#039;s Morella Cherry Brandy</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/faversham-gets-its-own-comedy-store">Faversham Gets Its Own &#039;Comedy Store&#039; <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Black Boy, Sevenoaks" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:22:38 +0000 M.Farmer 51706 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Faversham Gets Its Own 'Comedy Store' http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/faversham-gets-its-own-comedy-store <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a></p><p>A new monthly comedy night is being launched at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham.</p> <p>The events venue at the Shepherd Neame brewery will be hosting a comedy night on the first Thursday of every month, with the inaugural show on Thursday, March 5.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Adam%20Morrison.jpg" />The first show will feature two local performers, University of Kent student Matt Hoss, who lives in Canterbury, and Sheerness-based Adam Morrison. The other comedians, from London, are Andy Evans, Martine Pepper, Oli Bettesworth, Christopher Lane, and host Sam Wyatt.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We were overwhelmed by the response we received when we advertised for comedians to perform. There aren’t many venues in Faversham and the local area offering comedy, so we hope this will prove popular. We are purposely keeping the ticket price very affordable to encourage as many people as possible to come along and see this talented bunch of up-and-coming comedians.”</p> <p>Doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start, with tickets priced £5. It is open to over 18s only.</p> <p>For more information or to buy tickets <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/comedy-club" target="_blank">click here</a> or phone 01795 542285.</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/pub-week-black-boy-sevenoaks"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Black Boy, Sevenoaks</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-samuel-adams-boston-lager">Shop Pick: Samuel Adams Boston lager <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Faversham Gets Its Own &#039;Comedy Store&#039;" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 51401 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Samuel Adams Boston lager http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-samuel-adams-boston-lager <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/samuel-adams">Samuel Adams</a></p><h4>OFFICIALLY A WORLD CLASS LAGER!<br /> </h4><div>This week's <strong>Shop Pick</strong> is a case of 24 bottles of <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/samuel-adams-boston-lager-24-x-330ml-bottles?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">Samuel Adams Boston Lager</a></strong>, which was announced this week as a <strong>Gold Medal Winner</strong> at the <a href="http://www.brewingawards.org/home_1_1_home.html" target="_blank">International <span style="line-height: 1.538em; font-size: 13.0080003738403px;">Brewing Awards</span><span style="line-height: 1.538em; font-size: 13.0080003738403px;">.</span></a></div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Sam%20Adams%20Boston%20Winner.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 159px; height: 280px; float: left;" /><h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Samuel%20Adams%20Boston%20Pouring.jpg" style="width: 173px; height: 230px; float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></h4><div>The world’s leading US craft beer, and a legend in its US homeland, Samuel Adams Boston Lager <span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">combines the full flavour of ale with the </span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">smoothness of lager. First brewed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1984, Sam Adams was hailed as 'The Best Beer in America' two years later.</span></div><div><br />Brewed under license here at Shepherd Neame, Britain's Oldest Brewer.<br /><br />To <strong>celebrate our win</strong>, we are offering<strong> 20% off when you order a case</strong> from our <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/samuel-adams-boston-lager-24-x-330ml-bottles?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">online shop</a> - no code needed just <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/samuel-adams-boston-lager-24-x-330ml-bottles?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">click here</a></strong><br /><br />Read more about <a href="http://www.samueladams.com/" target="_blank">Samuel Adams here</a><br /><h4><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/samuel-adams-boston-lager-24-x-330ml-bottles?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">Click here to ORDER NOW</a> or call 01795 542014<br /><br /><br /> </h4></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-next left"><a href="/blog/faversham-gets-its-own-comedy-store"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Faversham Gets Its Own &#039;Comedy Store&#039;</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/spring-action-trio-great-beers">Spring into Action with a Trio of Great Beers <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Samuel Adams Boston lager" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:05:56 +0000 M.Farmer 51416 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Spring into Action with a Trio of Great Beers http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/spring-action-trio-great-beers <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 February 2015</p><p>Raise a glass to the arrival of spring with a trio of seasonal Shepherd Neame beers.</p> <p>Britain’s oldest brewer is releasing three of its most popular limited edition cask ales in March: Early Bird, Dragonfire and India Pale Ale.<br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/early-bird">Early Bird</a> (4.3% ABV) takes its name from the Early Bird variety of Shepherd Neame’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, grown in hop gardens near the Faversham brewery.</p> <p>A refreshing pale golden beer with floral aroma, it is a superb accompaniment for salads and fish dishes.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Alma%2C-Faversham-%28Painter%27s-Forstal%29-300.jpg" />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 green square pump clip.</p> <p>Created to commemorate St George’s Day, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/dragonfire">Dragonfire</a> (ABV 4.5%) 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 full bodied and rich with a mellow mahogany hue. It is among a new collection of No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers, named after the historic cask store.</p> <p><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/india-pale-ale">India Pale Ale</a> (ABV 4.5%) hails from the tradition of 18th Century IPAs, which relied on generous hopping to protect exports during arduous journeys overseas. This modern incarnation retains the strength, body and strong hop character which is synonymous with this beer's provenance.</p> <p>India Pale Ale delivers potent bitterness, offset with generous amounts of pale ale malt to deliver a balanced, yet uncompromising brew.<br />All three beers are available on cask from March to May.</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-samuel-adams-boston-lager"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Samuel Adams Boston lager</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-beers-are-officially-world-class">Shepherd Neame Beers are Officially World-Class <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Spring into Action with a Trio of Great Beers" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 51346 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Beers are Officially World-Class http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-beers-are-officially-world-class <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 February 2015</p><p>Shepherd Neame has won a gold, silver and bronze medal in the <a href="http://www.brewingawards.org/" target="_blank">International Brewing Awards</a>, dubbed the Oscars of the brewing industry.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/logopngmain.png" />Nearly 1,000 beers and ciders from all over the world entered this year’s awards, which have been running since 1886, and encourage innovation and diversity in beer and honour brewing excellence.</p> <p><a href="/node/2130" target="_blank">Samuel Adams Boston Lager</a> (4.8% ABV) won gold in Class 2 (4.8% - 6.9% ABV) of the International Keg Lager Competition. Brewed under license by Shepherd Neame, it was first produced in Boston and is the world’s leading US craft beer, combining the full flavour of ale with the smoothness of lager.</p> <p>The contemporary Whitstable Bay Collection, launched by Shepherd Neame under its Faversham Steam Brewery moniker last year, also scored highly in the awards.</p> <p><a href="/node/18206" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Blonde Premium Lager</a> (4.5% ABV) won bronze in Class 1 (2.9% - 4.7% ABV) of the International Keg Lager Competition, and <a href="/node/18186" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Organic Ale</a> (4.5% ABV) won silver in the Organic Beer category of the International Speciality Beer Competition.</p> <p>The beers are judged only by currently working professional brewers who have acknowledged and current expertise in the tasting and commercial evaluation of beers.</p> <p>Head brewer Richard Frost said: “To win three medals is a tribute to the expertise and dedication of our brewers, who are dedicated to brewing ales and lagers of the highest quality and offering a distinct flavour.”</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/spring-action-trio-great-beers"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Spring into Action with a Trio of Great Beers</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-prince-arthur-shoreditch">Pub of the Week: The Prince Arthur, Shoreditch <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Beers are Officially World-Class" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:14:14 +0000 james.purcell 51351 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Prince Arthur, Shoreditch http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-prince-arthur-shoreditch <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p>The <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/shoreditch/prince-arthur" target="_blank">Prince Arthur</a> is one of those hidden London gems – a ‘real’ authentic pub, tucked away in a quiet road off Old Street, right on the edge of the City.  It is much loved by its regulars, popular with office workers, and thoroughly enjoyed by anyone else lucky enough to pop in.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Prince%20Arthur%2C%20Shoreditch-005.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 193px; float: left;" />Following an extensive makeover, the pub underwent a transformation at the end of 2013, to become the smart, tidy little pub it is today.  The interior manages to be wholly traditional, but with a real punch of modern style and a little bit of cheekiness, with an unusual and eclectic mix of pictures adorning the walls. The bar is welcoming and charming, enhanced on chilly days by a roaring open fire.<br /><br />Upstairs you will find a second bar, with a generous space given over for playing darts.  This area is available for private hire, and is ideal for functions and parties.  There is also a roof terrace, complete with tables and chairs, a real sun trap on warmer days.  Currently only bar snacks are available, but the kitchen is being developed, with plans to offer lunches and more very soon.<br /><br />The pub is known for its well-conditioned, quality Shepherd Neame ales, including seasonals, and features regularly in the Good Beer Guide. Should you prefer, you will also find a choice of lagers and wines, and your usual softer options.  Should you feel like lifting your spirits, there is an excellent range including over 20 whiskeys, as well as a range of bourbons, gins and rums, and more.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Prince%20Arthur%2C%20Shoreditch-002.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Close to Old Street tube, and only a short distance from both Spitalfields and Columbia Road markets, the Prince Arthur is an ideal spot to seek out for lunch after a busy morning shopping, or for a relaxing pint at the end of the working day. A fortnightly quiz is held on Tuesdays 8pm.<br /><br />The pub is not far from Shoreditch High Road – for more information and directions visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/shoreditch/prince-arthur" target="_blank">their website</a>.  You can also call the team on 020 7253 2517, or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/princearthurshoreditch" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<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/shepherd-neame-beers-are-officially-world-class"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Beers are Officially World-Class</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/ringing-changes-six-bells">Ringing In the Changes at the Six Bells <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Prince Arthur, Shoreditch" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:42:34 +0000 M.Farmer 51331 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Ringing In the Changes at the Six Bells http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/ringing-changes-six-bells <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 February 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></p><p>The <a href="/node/648" target="_blank">Six Bells</a> in Cliffe has reopened following a major refurbishment project costing £120,000.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Exterior%20of%20the%20Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe.jpg" />The work at the Shepherd Neame-owned pub, run by licensee Kelly Walker, took three weeks, and involved a complete interior and exterior makeover.</p> <p>In the main bar area, exposed brickwork on the walls and fireplace creates a more traditional look, along with refurbished, stripped wooden floors. The furniture has been reupholstered, and quirky pieces of bric-a-brac have been introduced to give the pub a rustic feel.</p> <p>The main bar has been completely refitted with new beer fonts and pumps, and a new feature wine display has been introduced. A second bar and snug area has also been created in a previously unused area at the back of the pub, providing a more intimate space for customers.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20-%20Copy.jpg" />A new entertainment system has been installed, including two large wall-mounted widescreen TVs, along with a new jukebox. The original front corner entrance of the pub has been reopened, and new bespoke signwriting has been added to the exterior.</p> <p>Kelly said: “I have been at the pub for just over a year, and am delighted with the refurbishment. Opening up the unused area at the back of the pub to create a new bar and snug has made such a difference, giving us a lot more space. All the regulars have said how much they love the pub’s new look, and we are seeing a real surge in new customers.”</p> <p>The pub has also expanded its food offer, and will be serving a range of homemade bar snacks and traditional pub meals from 12noon to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12noon to 6pm on Sunday.</p> <p>Nigel Bunting, Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations said: “The Six Bells is a very successful pub, and we are delighted to invest in this development to take it to the next level.”</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/pub-week-prince-arthur-shoreditch"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Prince Arthur, Shoreditch</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/free-seaside-wedding-fair">Free Seaside Wedding Fair <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Ringing In the Changes at the Six Bells" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 50701 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk