Shepherd Neame Brewery Food from Britain (FFB) Buyers’ Guide

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame fought-off stiff competition to win the EU Protected Food Name Exporter of the Year at the Food from Britain Export Awards 2007 for Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale.

The award recognises the company’s outstanding commitment to protecting the unique character, reputation and heritage of its products abroad.

The brewery’s flagship brand, Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale holds an EU Protected Geographical Indication, the same regional produce protection afforded to Parma ham and Champagne. It boasts fans from across the globe from Germany and France to Hong Kong and Russia and has recently developed a keen customer base in Italy – a huge achievement given the traditionally patriotic attitude of the Italians towards food.

Shepherd Neame export manager Nick Harding commented, “We’re so pleased to have won this prestigious award. A great deal of effort goes into protecting the unique provenance of Spitfire Ale: it is made using only locally-sourced hops and barley and water from the brewery’s own artesian well. We shall to go on flying the flag for British produce internationally for many years to come.”

Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame produces a range of traditional ales and award-winning lagers at its Faversham brewery, where cutting-edge technology is married with traditional handcrafted techniques that can be traced back more than 300 years.

Now in their 11th successful year, the Food from Britain Export Awards bring together the cream of the country’s export companies to recognise achievements and celebrate success from across the UK’s food and drink industry.


5.4% ABV
500 ml NRB

Gold Medal Winner
British Brewing Industry Awards 2002
Burton on Trent

The dominant character of this premium ale is its generous fruity flavour, reminiscent of bananas and pears with citrus overtones. A full bodied, nut brown, nourishing ale with a lingering hoppy finish, an ideal companion to food or it can serve as a delicious digestive after a meal.


4.5% ABV
500ml NRB

Gold Medal Winner
British Brewing Industry Awards 2002

Originally produced in 1990 as a Battle of Britain commemorative brew, Spitfire is now a permanent feature on the Shepherd Neame portfolio.

Crafted from traditional varieties of English malt, this golden ale combines an underlying depth of maltiness, tinged with a subtle hint of toffee, with the bold citrus and fruity spiciness of Kentish hops, to produce a well balanced, thirst quenching popular drink.


4.5% ABV
500ml NRB

This elegant, light beer is backed by the impressive essentials of traditionally farmed English malted barley and organic hops from New Zealand which fuse to produce a bittersweet flavour with floral overtones and a dry finish. A perfect, perhaps ostentatious accompaniment to modern food.

Whitstable Bay is brewed in accordance with Soil Association Certification UK5 and is suitable for vegetarians.


6.5% ABV
500ml NRB

The Shepherd Neame 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale has been specially developed to celebrate 300 years of continuous brewing on the same site in Faversham, Kent, longer than any other UK brewer.

A light coloured but warming strong ale, sweet, rounded, full and mellow, enhanced by the complex fruity and flowery flavours of traditional leaf hops. An ale to sip and savour in comfort and at leisure.