Shepherd Neame has announced they will be giving away a limited number of their newest aged beer, Generation Ale, at the European Beer Bloggers Conference next weekend. Only 3000 bottles total are being released of this limited edition hand-crafted ale. Below is the description offered up by the brewery:
“To signify the five generations of the Neame family that have run the brewery, this burnished gold ale combines five classic roasted malts with five of the choicest varieties of traditional Kentish hops. The ingredients are combined with natural chalk-filtered mineral water, drawn from the artesian well deep beneath the Shepherd Neame brew-house, and then brewed in the UK’s last remaining wooden mash tuns. Finally, the beer is aged in a deep maturation process lasting 12 months. As one of the few ales in the UK to undergo this lengthy ageing process, Generation Ale boasts a rich character, impeccably balanced flavour and a long warming finish.”
Britain’s oldest brewer is also the first in the UK to be brewing a US craft beer under license. Shepherd Neame has been the exclusive importer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager for over a decade, but they will now be brewing up the lager fresh right there in the UK.
Since their participation at EBBC last year, Shepherd Neame has been stepping up their online presence. Their new website, set to launch next month, is said to be a reflection of this shift. Please join us in welcoming them back to the 2012 European Beer Bloggers Conference!