Three of Shepherd Neame’s beers have picked up honours at the Great British Food Awards, celebrating the best artisan British products.
Gold award winner: Shepherd Neame’s Spitfire Amber Ale
The brewery has won a gold award for Spitfire Amber Ale (4.2% ABV), a silver award for Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager (4.5% ABV), and a bronze for Bishops Finger (5.2% ABV).
The judging panel comprises some of the most acclaimed chefs, food critics, and influencers in the country. The beer and lager category was judged by Australian professional rugby league footballer, Jacob Liddle.
“Probably the most ‘British’ of the contenders in terms of packaging and potentially style, it is a classic old-style amber ale well executed,” he said of Spitfire. “Refreshing, and ultimately very enjoyable.
“The name and imagery are quintessentially British, and a nod to the past. The beer is brewed with Kentish hops and the reference ‘The Bottle of Britain’ is entertaining and adds to the British embodiment of the beer.”
Shepherd Neame’s director of brewing, Mike Unsworth, said: “We are delighted that three of our brands have received national acclaim in the Great British Food Awards, with glowing praise for our Great British classic Spitfire Amber Ale.
“We have a fantastic team of brewers at Shepherd Neame, and this is well-deserved recognition for their passion, knowledge and skill.”