Craft Beer & Real Ale - Whitstable


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Craft Beer & Real Ale

Microbreweries and Brew Pubs in Whitstable, Kent

In recent years the UK has undergone a craft beer revolution, with improved access to brewing equipment, simpler alcohol licensing laws and a growing awareness of the importance of full-bodied, full-flavoured, citrus-tinged hops all leading to a sea change in the way beer is produced.

These factors all lead to the rise of the microbrewery: Small, independent brewers crafting a variety of beers and ales, all with a focus on quality, flavour and innovation.

The influx of craft beer, as well as the growing influence of American and continental brewing techniques has changed the face of British drinking culture. And Kent is no exception, with a wide array of microbreweries and brewpubs leading the charge for craft beer and real ale. So sit back, pour yourself a pint and check out our guide to Kent’s best craft beer and real ale.

Whitstable Breweries

Whitstable Brewery – The Official Brewery of the World-Famous Whitstable Oyster Company

Hop-tinged craft brews

Whitstable Brewery have been crafting award-winning microbrewed beers that reflect the Kentish landscape for 10 years now.

Their Native Bitter is inspired by the rugged flavours and textures of Whitstable’s Native Oysters, while their Oyster Stout’s deep chocolate and mocha flavours make it the perfect companion to oysters, hearty seafood and roast beef.

What to try:

  • Native Bitter
  • Oyster Stout
  • Winkle Picker
  • Whitstable Pilsner

Goody Ales – Herne Bay Microbrewery Bursting With Personality

Locally-sourced food and locally-sourced beer

With a range of ales and beers brewed right on our doorstep in Herne Bay, Goody Ales was founded by two teachers with a dream of bringing traditional British beer to the Whitstable area.

What to try:

  • Good Gracious Me
  • Genesis
  • Dead Good

Kent Breweries

Hop Fuzz – Crafting New and Innovative Flavours

Craft beer and real ale - hops

Founded by Daryl Stanford and Martyn Playford in 2011, Hop Fuzz brew a wide and varied range of bitters, stouts, ales and lagers.

The company has a strong green ethos, and rather than selling their by-products like most breweries, they give them away to local farmers, zoos and charitable organisations.

Hop Fuzz were runners-up in the Taste of Kent Awards with their Old American Pale.

What to try:

  • Old American Pale
  • Goldsmith Citrus Golden Ale
  • Yellow Zinger Citrus Session Ale

Mad Cat Brewery – Boutique Faversham Microbrews

Real Ale Brewery

Based on Brogdale Farm in Faversham, this microbrewery boasts a wide range of original and innovative beers.

Inspired by the craft beer revolution of recent years, the brew masters at Mad Cat were inspired to explore their creativity and have created a brand much like on of their beers: inventive, cool and full of character.

What to try:

  • Mild Disobedience
  • Special Relationship
  • Pow Wow Session Ale

Canterbury Ales – The Best Beer in the South-East

Real Ale Pubs in Canterbury

Established in 2010, Canterbury ales brews a delicious range of award-winning single hop IPAs, Rauchbeers and Golden Ryes based around Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

One of their stoutsMerchant’s Ale – was awarded Best Beer in the South-East by the Society of Independent Brewers.

What to try:

  • Merchant’s Ale
  • The Miller’s Ale

Whitstable Pubs

The Sportsman

Pub Grub in Tankerton/Herne Bay
Opened in November 1999, and Michelin-Starred in 2008, this gastropub not only serves a range of Kentish beers and wines, but also a seasonal menu of local produce sourced from nearby farms, fisheries, and even the pub’s own vegetable garden.

The Old Neptune


The Old Neptune, or ‘Neppy’ as it’s known to the locals, is a venerable institution serving a range of local ales.

It also served as a location for the movie ‘Venus’, for which Peter O’ Toole received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Situated on the beach and offering stunning views, Neppy is the perfect place to stop in and watch the sun set over the sea.

The Pearson’s Arms


Retaining the feel of a local, whilst offering a warm welcome to visitors, The Pearson’s Arms serves a wide selection of real ales, beers, old and new world wines and speciality cocktails.

The Handsome Sam

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The Handsome Sam is a recently-opened micro-pub, housed in a former antiques shop. The publican, Chris Wells, has fashioned the furniture himself, and the pub serves four ales sourced from local micro-breweries.

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