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Exclusive ale shines
Article date: 19 Feb 2013

The Leading Light marked this year’s Faversham Hop Festival with an exclusively brewed ale, especially for the occasion.

Produced by Whitstable Brewery, just a few miles from the pub, Wreight Ale was named after Henry Wreight, one of the Kent town’s biggest benefactors, who left a fortune to the town on his death in 1840.

The 4.3% ABV blond beer was available throughout the event and proved popular with regulars and visitors alike.

The Faversham Hop Festival, which began in 1990, is an annual two-day, free, family event, held on the first weekend in September. It commemorates the golden days of hop-picking, when families would travel to Kent and pass the evenings with music and stories.

Duty manager Becky Jones, pictured with 85-year-old ex-hop man Henry Taylor, who was selling hop garlands during the festival, said: “The weekend is the busiest of the year in Faversham, with residents and visitors celebrating the town’s great hop tradition.”

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