Shepherd Neame is an English regional brewery founded in 1698 by Richard Marsh in Faversham, Kent. It is a family owned brewery that produces a range of cask ales and filtered beers. Production is around 203,000 barrels a year. It owns around 370 public houses mainly in Kent, and the south east of England and London.
Shepherd Neame as such is reported as having been established in 1698, in an advertisement of the Kentish Gazette for the 11 April 1865. Richard Marsh lived until 1727 when his Brewery was bequeathed to his widow, and then to his daughter, who sold the property on to Samuel Shepherd around 1741.
Samuel Shepherd was from Deal in Kent. He had an interest in Malting when he moved to Faversham around 1730 and had established himself as a Brewer of Malt by 1734. Shepherd expanded on his interest, through acquiring a number of public houses, but it was his son Julius Shepherd who extended this trend still further upon his inheritance of the Brewery in 1770, when the company held four such outlets.
In 1789 he set about modernising the process of malt grinding and pumping, which had been previously worked with the employment of horses, by introducing what was reputed to be the first Steam engine (Boulton and Watt) to be used for this purpose outside of London, and was then able to describe his business as the Faversham Steam Brewery.
Henry, his second son, born in 1780, continued the family tradition, and raised his son of the same name into the business. It was this Henry Shepherd (1816~77) who was to be the last of the Shepherd’s actively involved in the Company.
The death of Henry senior at the age of 82 occurred in 1862 and although his own son was not a business man of the same determination, the firm’s expansion continued adequately with John Mares, who had come to the financial assistance of the Shepherd Brewery during the recession of the mid ~1840’s and continued as the impetus behind Shepherd and Mares until Percy Beale Neame joined the Brewery in 1864.
Mares had seen the potential of the Brewery’s growth with the arrival of the long delayed railway service in 1858. He pressed the firm to actively prepare for such growth.
Horse drawn drays were used to carry the Brewery’s ales throughout Kent, and malts were imported by barge at Faversham Creek at its own wharf which was also used as the means to deliver its product to London, until the 1850s when steamboats were beginning to prove more expeditious to the task. The railways soon even outpaced and replaced the steamboats.
Mares' unexpected death at the age of 45 in 1864 placed Percy Neame, at the age of 28, as the stronger partner with Henry Shepherd, and with the challenge left to him in Mares' successful expansion programme he brought the Faversham Brewery well into the Neame family's dominion.
Some contract brewing is also done, such as the bottled beers for ASDA.
Shepherd Neame comes to America: an interview with R.H.B. "Bobby" Neame. (chief executive officer of Shepherd Neame Ltd.)(Special Import Section)(Interview)
Jul 15, 1996; R.H.B. "Bobby" Neame, chief executive of the Shepherd Neame brewery of Kent, England, recently toured the United States, testing...
Brewery U-Turn over Beer Brings Back Pub Regulars ; Shepherd Neame Allows Rival's Bitter to Be Sold in Best Beech Inn [Edition 6]
Aug 17, 2012; REGULARS are returning to a Wadhurst pub after a Kent brewery backed down over its refusal to sell their favourite tipple. In...
Shepherd Neame wins marketing rights in Asahi Europe restructure.(distribution agreements of Asahi Breweries Ltd. and Shepherd Neame Ltd.)(Brief article)
Dec 14, 2006; Asahi, the Japanese brewer, is handing over responsibility for UK marketing and distribution for its Asahi Super Dry beer to...