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Adnams Brewery Tour

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Address: Southwold IP18 6JW, England
Phone Number: +44 1502 727225
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11:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Behind the walls of our Victorian building in the heart of Southwold...

Behind the walls of our Victorian building in the heart of Southwold sits one of the most modern breweries in the UK. Over the past few years the brewery has undergone a complete refurbishment with the replacement of the brewstream being the most recent update. This state-of-the-art installation recovers 100% of the heat and steam from each brew, 90% of which is used to reheat the next. This reduces the amount of gas needed during the brewing process by 30%.The new system can also brew larger batches in less time, making more efficient use of raw materials. It is also very efficient in water usage with a ratio of 3.2 pints of water to every pint of beer, compared to the industry average of 8. It even cleans itself and we're trying to programme it to make the tea too. But don't just take our word for it, book a tour, come and meet one of the brewery team and see it all for yourself. Please book ahead online for by calling our booking line to avoid disappointment.

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Excellent Tour - very informative

I'm personally not a fan of ales, but this tour was so interesting. Our guide really knew her stuff, and the whole group of us really enjoyed it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm personally not a fan of ales, but this tour was so interesting. Our guide really knew her stuff, and the whole group of us really enjoyed it.

Thank Colincoach
Reading, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a really enjoyable trip to the brewery on 21 November 2015. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. There was lots of beer to taste at the end and we were even able to request which beers we tried. If you like your Adnams beer, you'll enjoy this experience.

Thank Newbie82
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great day out, would recommend it to anyone who likes beer or is interested in the brewing process. Our tour guide (Ross) was brilliant, very knowledgable and got the whole group laughing.

Thank David S
Ipswich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The tour was very informative and presented in a professional way. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained things in easy to understand terms as well as answering our questions. The atmosphere was very friendly bearing in mind it was in a working environment.

Thank John D
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative and interesting, it was lovely learning the history behind the brewery :) Beer and spirit tasting is a lovely bonus!

Thank Harriette G
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cannot thank the staff (especially Sue) enough for squeezing me onto a tour at very short notice. The value was excellent, the tour informative and interesting due to the guide's (Alex) knowledge and personality. At the end there were two tasting sessions, the first, ales in the brewery, and the second, spirits in the Adnams Kitchen shop round the corner.... More 

1 Thank Allconsuming
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was great to see behind the scenes and get an understanding just what goes into modern brewing. Our guide made the tour very interesting, and of course it was great to be able to sample afterwards and try to identify the flavours. We also went to the shop and sampled some other wines and spirits. We was surprised that... More 

1 Thank Aileen T
Reigate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd wanted to go on a brewery tour, and had the opportunity to visit Adnams in Southwold. The tour cost £12, but there were 5 or 6 beers to try (a mouthful of each) and 3 or 4 spirits. Although parts of the tour were interesting, this is after all an industrial process in sealed machinery so there was virtually... More 

Thank maisielane
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting and enjoyable tour with a guide who really knew her knowledge of the brewery and area

Thank Phillip B
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best (of several) brewery tours we have done recently. Excellent quality from start to finish with the perfect balance of details, history and humour. Our guide (Jane) was extremely knowledgeable but only went 'super deep' when asked a specific question meaning it never felt nerdy or beyond reach. We saw everything there was to see, safely shepherd(ess)ed... More 

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