Become a beer aficionado at the Adnams brewery tour in Southwold

Our cosy part of the Suffolk Heritage Coast brews the best beer. Some would say it’s the best in Suffolk, others the best in the UK. All we can say is that the Adnams brewery is a must-visit experience for any beer connoisseur.

The famous Adnams brewery located in the charming town of Southwold is steeped in hoppy history and the site on which the brewery stands can trace its brewing lineage as far back as 1345!

The sign at Adnams Southwold

Jump forward to the present day and Adnams has won countless awards in the UK and internationally, and opened 12 Cellar and Kitchen stores, proving beyond a doubt that Adnams has become a household name and taken residency in many beer drinkers’ fridges across the country.

The Sole Bay Brewery site may be traced back over 670 years, but a huge amount has changed since then. The site boasts some of the most energy efficient and unique brewing equipment in Europe and has even won the very prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, twice! They have even managed to produce the UK’s first carbon neutral beer.

Now that’s a pretty big achievement and means their brewery works hard to keep their impact on the environment as low as possible. Adnams also focus on using locally sourced East Anglian grains of malted barley, rye, wheat and oats, which we think gives the beers their Suffolk character.

The outside of the Adnams brewery

The Tour

As you arrive on the Adnams Brewery Tour you can expect to learn their beer making process from start to finish. Explore behind the victorianesque outer walls and experience the inner workings of the modern, technologically advanced brewery.

To top things off, after the tour you get the chance to enjoy the tasty bit, a half an hour tutored beer tasting session where you will learn about all the different flavour notes across a classic selection of Adnams’ most popular brews.

A row of Adnams pint glasses full of different ales

Following the tasting session, you will then be accompanied to the Adnams Southwold Store for further tastings across their range of other tasty goods before collecting a free bottle of beer of your choice and heading off on your way.

Adnams also offer a discounted rate following the tour so you can stock up on all your favourites. Don’t worry; you can keep them safe and cool in the fridge, in our wonderful self-catering Granary Cottages or Stable Studios.

In 2010 the Adnams brewery broke out into a new venture. Deep within the walls of the brewery the Adnams Copper House Distillery was born making the first brewery / distillery (they have coined the term bristillery!) in England. Their focus is on high quality spirits made from the same locally sourced ingredients as their beer.

A still in the Copper House distillery

The distillery quickly began producing multiple award-winning gins, vodkas and whiskies and was designed as an integral part of their sustainable production system as it generates the steam and water for the beer-brewing machinery. Now, that’s innovation.

Alongside the Brewery Tour a Distillery Tour is also available which guides you through the distillation process to the finished product and includes a very enjoyable tutored tasting session and sampling of the finished spirits.

When it comes to events in Suffolk Adnams have got it covered. We challenge you to find a popular event where the brewery doesn’t show its face. From music festivals to corporate events and of course foodie festivals, they do it all – so make sure to keep an eye out. Adnams recently sponsored the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival which is always a massive hit. We covered it in a previous blog post.

A bottle of Adnams Ghost Ship and a bottle of Adnams Alcohol Free Ghost Ship

Following your visit to the brewery we are sure you are going to be craving the opportunity to sample a few of Adnams’ great ales. Below is a list of five fantastic independently run Adnams pubs that stock a wonderful selection of Adnams and produce some beautiful locally sourced food. The best part is that they are nice and close to our luxury holiday accommodation, here at Mollett’s Farm.

  • The Crown Inn, Snape (just 5 minutes away) – Home-reared meat, allotment grown vegetables, a beer garden and Adnams. What more could you want?
  • Ye Olde Cross Keys, Aldeburgh (just 12 minutes away) – An ancient 1540’s pub famous for its ales and fish dishes.
  • The Bell Inn, Middleton (just 12 minutes away) – A beautiful thatched Grade II listed pub serving ales straight from the cask and locally sourced food.
  • The White Horse Inn, Westleton (just 15 minutes away) – Head here to enjoy live music, a cosy beer garden, ales and great food.
  • The Maybush Inn, Waldringfield (just 25 minutes away) – A huge beer garden on the banks of the River Deben and a great selection of ales and food.

After a day of drinking delicious ales and scoffing tasty food you can be sure that the beds in our self-catering accommodation will be welcoming, snug and warm; ensuring that in the morning you will be ready to take on your next adventure here on the Suffolk Coast.