Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, is once again the official partner of this year’s Faversham Hop Festival, taking place on Saturday and Sunday (August 31 and September 1). This year the festival will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Festival goers will be able to sample the brewery’s new green hop ale Oast Dodger, part of Shepherd Neame’s Cask Clubinitiative.
And following last year’s successful trial, Shepherd Neame will once again go green by championing the use of re-usable plastic pint glasses to help reduce single-use plastic.
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GREEN HOP ALE
Oast Dodger (4.5% ABV) has been brewed with freshly picked green hops harvested just a few miles from the Faversham Brewery. Head brewer Mike Unsworth and senior brewer Stewart Tricker headed to Parsonage Farm, Boughton under Blean last week to select and help pick the first hops of the year.
LIVE AND LOCAL
Live music will once again play an integral part of this year’s Hop Festival and the Shepherd Neame Brewery Stage in Court Street will feature a varied and diverse range of acts over both days.
SAMPLE SOME OF SHEPS’ FINEST BREWS
Throughout the weekend Shepherd Neame’s friendly team will be manning the Brewery Bar, located next to the Brewery Stage.
DISCOVER MORE ABOUT BRITAIN’S OLDEST BREWER
Shepherd Neame will be hosting special Hop Festival brewery tours throughout the weekend, offering an opportunity to look around the historic site, learn about the ancient art of brewing and taste some of the local ingredients, along with a tutored tasting of its Kentish ales and speciality lagers.
REVVING INTO ACTION
A number of the brewery’s historic vehicles will feature in the morning parades through the town, which traditionally open each day of the festival. They will be joined by our new Spitfire- branded Land Rover Defender and Whitstable Bay-branded Volkswagen camper van – which both also serve as mobile bars and have been visiting events around Kent and the South East throughout the summer.