The family owned brewery has been making beer at its historic site in the town of Faversham, Kent, for over 500 years.
By J.M. Towers
When you think of Great Britain, the first things that come to mind are its capital, London, The Beatles, Queen Elizabeth II, tea time—and beer, of course.
Beer is a centuries-old tradition in the British Isles, and Shepherd Neame is one of the country’s most representative breweries. Founded in 1698, it is the oldest firm of Great Britain; but its origins date back to even earlier times.
Shepherd Neame Brewery.
Shepherd Neame has its headquarters in Faversham, a town in the Swale District in the county of Kent in England. The relationship between this city and beer is quite intricate. Many of its inhabitants work in a factory that bears its name since 1864 when the Neame family took control of the town.
Already in the 12th century, the monks of Cluny in France were attracted here by the quality of the Faversham water, excellent for beer production. So much so, that, in 1147, they decided to build a monastery in this area. By the 16th century, there were 250 industries in the city, and 84 of them were engaged in the production of beer.
Enjoying a pint outside the brewery