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Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, has launched a limited-edition ale to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. It is named ‘1215’ after the year in which the historic document was sealed, which established the rule of law and also defined the traditional pint of ale: “There shall be but one Measure throughout the Realm”.

Atraditional strong English ale, 1215(8% abv) is infused with medieval ale ingredients such as Mugwort, Yarrow, Woodruff and Fennel, which were used before hops became proliferant.


It is presented in a traditional amber 750ml bottle, embossed with the Shepherd Neame crook. Only 1,215 bottle-conditioned beers have been released, each encased within a presentation box bearing the signature approval of brewery president Robert Neame.

Head brewer, Richard Frost, said: “We created 1215 in our pilot brewery, which allowed us to experiment, and are really pleased with the brew. It is very rich, with a hint of herbs to replicate what ale would have tasted like during the medieval period.”

The brewery has been making beer at its historic site in the market town of Faversham, Kent, for more than 400 years. Faversham has a special connection to the Magna Carta as its town council recently discovered that a copy in its archives was an original.


To commemorate the anniversary, the copy will be on display in a special exhibition this June.

1215 is now available exclusively from Shepherd Neame’s brewery’s shop at

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