Tours & Functions

Shepherd Neame is Britain's oldest brewer and we have a range of tours that show everything from mash tuns and hops to full tutored tastings and food matching. Join our award winning tour and see our passion for brewing.  Our tours are also available as gift certificates, a great choice of gift for any beer fan.
Beer, otherwise known as the 'Drink of England', has been produced in Faversham for over 850 years and the Shepherd Neame Brewery, set in the heart of this historic market town, is open to visitors who wish to discover more about this proudly independent family company and its wide range of award winning beers.

Award winning tour
From the Visitor Centre, set in a beautifully-restored medieval hall house, you can join an award-winning guided tour and go behind the scenes at this busy working brewery to discover how history and heritage are combined with modern technology to produce our range of Kentish Ales and speciality lagers.

Meet your guide and set off for an 80 minute tour on which you will learn a little of the ancient art of brewing; see traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery's well; try some malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops. The tour also includes “The Old Brewery Store”, housed in the old wines & spirits store, and featuring impressive displays of historic delivery vehicles, a recreated cooper’s workshop, bygone pub signs and a collection of hop picking memorabilia.

Sampling and tasting
Of course we wouldn't let you leave without sampling and the tour ends with a fascinating tutored tasting – audience participation encouraged!

Finally, visit the Brewery Shop and pick up a souvenir, gift or some beer! The whole visit, including tasting, takes 2 – 2½ hours.


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