Brewery Feature: Adnams Brewery in Southwold, England
Over the holidays, I found myself in the East coast of England while visiting family. One of my favourite things to do while travelling is to visit local breweries and take a tour and visit their tap room.
Adnams Brewery has been brewing beer in Southwold, England since 1872 and specializes in cask ale (known as real ale in the UK) and bottle conditioned beers. It has been awarded the “Champion Beer of Britain Award”, presented by the Campaign for Real Ale.
I attended a guided brewery tour which started off in the head office and ended in the bottle shop. Adnams has 4 or 5 buildings in Southwold all serving a different purpose. All building are a short walk from each other and the tour was easily accessible. We toured the brewhouse, fermentation building, and tap room.
In the tap room, we were invited to try all the available beers on tap or in bottles. There were approximately 15 available, most were English style ales but Adnams has lots of seasonal and featured beers and they had 4 different American IPAs as well. My favourite was the Southshore Stout by far. It was creamy, roasty, and well balanced. It was perfect for a cold day at the coast.
Adnams’ flagship beer is the Southwold Bitter, a 3.7% Bitter which is widely available in the region. The Southwold Bitter’s popularity is rivalled by Ghost Ship, a hoppy pale ale featuring Citra and other American hops. Ghost ship reminds me of GLB’s Canuck Pale Ale, which is quite a compliment.
If you happen to be in Southwold, England or see an Adnams beer on offer in your local pub then be sure to grab a pint. Check out the Adnams webpage here.