Faversham is raising a glass to the Magna Carta
The Kent town of Faversham is raising a glass to the Magna Carta. Faversham – known as Kent’s ‘Market Town of Kings’ because of the links with English kings and queens over more than a thousand years – is raising a glass to the Magna Carta (or perhaps a bottle or two) as part of the 800th celebrations this year.
The Kent town possesses a range of original charters, including a confirmation of the Magna Carta presented to the Barons and Port of Faversham in 1300. To add a particular local flavour to the events taking place, Shepherd Neame – Britain’s oldest brewery, based in Faversham – has brewed a Magna Carta 1215 ale.
We got up close and personal with the ale whilst shooting the marketing pictures in the studio in Canterbury. All bottles remained unopened. Really, they did. It’s a traditional strong English ale at 8% abv. For added authenticity it includes hedgerow ingredients from the time before hops became widely used. For more information on the limited edition see http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/magna-carta-1215-ale