Cheers for seasonal Shepherd Neame beers

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Britain’s oldest brewer, Faversham-based Shepherd Neame, is releasing three of its most popular limited edition cask ales in March: Early Bird, Dragonfire and India Pale Ale

Early Bird (4.3% ABV) takes its name from the Early Bird variety of Shepherd Neame’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, grown in hop gardens near the Faversham brewery. A refreshing pale golden beer with floral aroma, it is a good accompaniment for salads and fish dishes.

There’s no chance you will miss it at the bar, as the brand has undergone a complete redesign to give it a more eye-catching, contemporary look. Look out for the colourful green square pump clip.

Created to commemorate St George’s Day, Dragonfire (ABV 4.5%) combines barley, oats, rye and wheat with two English hop varieties – Goldings and First Gold – in addition to a fiery secret ingredient.

Conceived in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery, the gutsy seasonal ale is full bodied and rich with a mellow mahogany hue. It is among a new collection of No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers, named after the historic cask store.

India Pale Ale (ABV 4.5%) hails from the tradition of 18th Century IPAs, which relied on generous hopping to protect exports during arduous journeys overseas. This modern incarnation retains the strength, body and strong hop character which is synonymous with this beer’s provenance.

India Pale Ale delivers potent bitterness, offset with generous amounts of pale ale malt to deliver a balanced, yet uncompromising brew.

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All three beers are available on cask from March to May. For more information visit www.shepherdneame.co.uk

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