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Master Brew 3.7 % Abv

This is the beer that Shepherd Neame is best known for in the brewery's Kentish heartland - a distinctive, mid-brown bitter ale, with all the hoppy aroma you'd expect of a beer brewed in the heart of the hop country. Well balanced, with a taste that's been described as "wonderfully aggressive, tinged with sweetness".

Master Brew is brewed using only the finest Kentish barley and hops, and is the best-selling cask ale brewed in Kent.

Tasting notes:
A clean, dry, refreshing, session bitter, having a touch of sweetness, but displaying an assertive and vibrant hop with a lingering bitter finish.
Tasting notes by Peter Ogie, Famous Beer Writer

Kents Best 4.1 % Abv

A medium-bodied and well-balanced cask conditioned ale brewed to the best traditions of premium bitters. Mellow brown, with a rich malt flavour and the distinctive tang of Target and Goldings hops.

Kent's Best Bitter will particularly appeal to cask beer connoisseurs, and is a fine contrast to the more widely-available Master Brew and Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale.

Tasting notes:
An ambient bitter, which successfully merges the biscuity sweetness of English malt with the fruity, floral bitterness of locally grown hops from the Kent countryside, to give a clean, satisfying and moreish drink (to quaff, effortlessly, among friends).
Tasting notes by Peter Ogie, Famous Beer Writer

Spitfire 4.5 % Abv

Spitfire has been Shepherd Neame's runaway success story of the past decade, with soaring sales spurred by quirky World War 11-themed advertising which has won awards, hit the headlines, and had consumers clamouring for more. Originally produced in 1990 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain, Spitfire has a lingering malt and hop flavour, with a well-balanced, lasting aftertaste.

Spitfire is now Shepherd Neame's biggest-selling cask conditioned ale. It is available in thousands of pubs nationwide, including most J.D.Wetherspoon outlets, and is also packaged in bottles and cans for the take-home market. .

Kent's Best Bitter will particularly appeal to cask beer connoisseurs, and is a fine contrast to the more widely-available Master Brew and Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale.

Tasting notes:
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.
Tasting notes by Peter Ogie, Famous Beer Writer

Bishops Finger 5.0 % Abv

Full-bodied with complex fruit flavours, Bishops Finger is a strong premium cask-conditioned ale brewed to a traditional Kentish recipe. What's behind the name? Well, a Bishops Finger is an unusual finger-shaped signpost still found in Kent, which once pointed pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. Only the finest malted barley, Kent hops and fresh water from our own artesian well are used in the production of one of Britain's best-loved ales, which is also exported in bottles to more than 30 countries worldwide.

Tasting notes:
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.
Tasting notes by Peter Ogie, Famous Beer Writer