Taste a Truly Classic Ale

Posted: 27 July 2014

One of Shepherd Neame’s oldest brews, Brilliant Ale, will be available on draught later this month.

It is part of the Faversham-based brewery’s Classic Collection, a range of draught beers recreated from historic recipes discovered in its archives, which also includes Double Stout, India Pale Ale, Mild and Porter.

Records show that Brilliant Ale was first brewed sometime between 1825 and 1855, making it Shepherd Neame’s oldest Classic Collection beer to date.  Historically, the recipe consisted of 100% pale ale malt, bittered by the brewery’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, resulting in a golden, hoppy ale.

When creating the ale, the brewers are believed to have gained inspiration from the bright early morning sun shining through the brewhouse window on to the oak mash.  Head brewer Richard Frost said: “We have rejuvenated Brilliant Ale by using the modern hop variety Cascade, along with East Kent Goldings, but we’re staying true to the spirit of this great pale ale, which was hugely popular in its day. We’re very proud to be able to revitalise unique brews like Brilliant from bygone days to share with today’s beer drinkers.”

Brilliant Ale (ABV 4.0%) will be available on draught nationwide from Monday, July 28 to Sunday, August 31. It is also available all year in bottle (ABV 5.6%).