Shepherd Neame releases limited-edition cask ales for spring

Dragonfire Early Bird Shepherd Neame

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has released three of its most popular limited-edition cask ales in time for spring and St George’s Day.

Early Bird, at 4.3% ABV, takes its name from the Early Bird variety of the brewer’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, grown in hop gardens near the Faversham brewery.

A refreshing pale golden beer with floral aroma, it is recommended as an accompaniment for salads and fish dishes. The brand has undergone a complete redesign to give it a more eye-catching, contemporary look, with a colourful green square pump clip.

Dragonfire, at 4.5% ABV, combines barley, oats, rye and wheat with two English hop varieties – Goldings and First Gold – in addition to a “fiery secret ingredient”. It is full bodied and rich with a mellow mahogany hue.

Created to commemorate St George’s Day, it was conceived in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery and is among a new collection of No 18 Yard Brewhouse beers, named after the historic cask store.

India Pale Ale, at 4.5% ABV, 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 brew.

All three beers are available on cask from March to May.

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