Shepherd Neame’s 1698 premium Kentish strong ale (6.5% ABV) has been named the best pale bitter over 5.5% ABV in the World Beer Awards.

Shepherd Neame 1698

Originally brewed in 1998 to celebrate the Faversham brewery’s tercentenary, it boasts a robust hop character, being hopped three times using Kentish Admiral and Goldings varieties.

The natural effervescence produced by bottle-conditioning — the interaction of yeast and brewing sugars — gives 1698 fine, Champagne-like bubbles, which further enhance the aroma and flavour.

Shepherd Neame also took two honours in the design category: its new Noughty Bear 0.5% ABV IPA won silver for new launch, and Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale won bronze for can design.

Head brewer, Mike Unsworth, said: “These awards are a testament to our team’s passion and knowledge, and our commitment to quality. We are delighted to receive such fantastic accolades, showing once again that our beers really are world class.”

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