In a nutshell: Strong, bottle conditioned. Kentish Ale from Faversham's Shepherd Neame.
The lowdown: Originally brewed to celebrate the brewery's tercentenary, 1698 is a characteristically hoppy Kentish ale. The ale matures naturally in the bottle and can be enjoyed fresh or allowed to settle for a few months to mellow.
One of the country's traditional regional breweries Shepherd Neame is Britain's oldest brewer - and while 1698 is their official founding date, there is clear evidence that its heritage pre-dates even this period. This timeline details the significant events in the Company's history, from the first brewers in Faversham to the arrival of the Shepherd family and the Neames, right up to its current status as a successful, award-winning business.