Sports Minister Kicks Off New Football-Themed Beer

Posted: 30 April 2014

Blog category: News, Beer, Sport

Sports Minister Helen Grant helped brew the first batch of 4-4-2 at Shepherd Neame’s Faversham brewery on Friday, April 25.

Named after the England side’s favoured football formation, the seasonal ale also has its own special line-up – in the form of 10 different hop varieties included in the brew.

Conceived in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery, 4-4-2 is among a new collection of No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers, named after the historic cask store.

The beer will be available from June 9 to July 13, a perfect accompaniment to the summer of sporting excitement ahead.

Ms Grant also enjoyed a tour of the brewery, where she saw the UK’s last remaining solid oak mash tuns; sipped chalk-filtered mineral water from the brewery’s artesian well and sampled some malted barley.

She also tasted some of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and speciality lagers, before being presented with a bottle of 4-4-2 as a memento of the afternoon.

Ms Grant said: “Major sporting events have a unique ability of bringing communities together to cheer on the national team. In celebration of the World Cup this summer the Shepherd Neame has produced a special 4-4-2 beer.

“With ingredients sourced from Kent, as part of the brewing process, I’m sure it will be enjoyed responsibly by many fans and let’s hope it brings Roy Hodgson and the England team some good luck in Brazil.”

Chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We were delighted to welcome Helen Grant to the brewery and discuss the important contribution that the company makes to local sport and local tourism.

“We hope that everyone will join us in getting behind the England team’s bid for football glory this summer by enjoying a pint of 4-4-2.”