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Published December 31st 2019
Take a Tour the Oldest Brewery in the UK
For a great afternoon out in Faversham, near Canterbury, book a tour of the Shepherd Neame Brewery. It's the UK's oldest brewery and still produces thousands of bottles of beer every day. The tour takes around 2 hours and ends with a tasting session in the on-site pub.
Learn About the Ancient Craft of Brewery at Shepherd Neame
Right in the centre of Faversham in Kent is the Shepherd Neame brewery where they produce some of the world's favourite beers. Founded in 1698, there's been a brewery in Faversham for more than 300 years and they offer organised tours so visitors can see how the beverages are made.
The groups are kept small so everyone can hear the guide explain all the processes involved. You are asked to taste the hops and grain at the beginning of the tour so you can compare it to the finished beer at the end of the tour.
As you walk through the equipment, you learn all about the different stages and the complexity of the whole brewing process. You will also learn a little history about the owners, the workers and the town of Faversham.
The grand finale is the tasting, which is done in the bar on the ground floor. Each person is poured 6 small glasses of different ales to taste and compare - be careful if you are driving! As you observe the colour, aroma and flavours, you will find a favourite beer or two.
The guides are very knowledgeable and provide an amusing commentary as you tour the brewery. They really make the whole experience unique. There is a small gift shop as well.
Book the tour online. They sell out, especially in the summer, but you don't have to book too far in advance. You must wear sensible, covered footwear. Sandals and heels are not permitted, and you WILL be turned away.