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Adnams Brewery Tour

Sole Bay Brewery, Southwold IP18 6JW, England
01502 727200
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Southwold
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Breweries
Activities: Drinking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Having not done the brewery tour on our first Southwold visit decided this time to give it a go. Very easy to select your time and book on line. On arrival met by a very happy and jovial host who was passionate about ale making. She was most informative and made the visit interesting whilst not too technical. Following the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Love it when you find a family run business that has a rich history and are good at their craft. We really enjoyed learning about the history of Adnams, hearing about how they made their beer and were kept entertained by our very knowledgable and charming guide Jane. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Treated my stepdad to this as a father's day gift and wasn't disappointed, from start to finish the tour was well presented, informative and interesting. Around an hour and a half long, the tour guide explained the brewing process in a detailed account, presenting the different range of hops used - you are invited to smell them, but I wouldn't... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Our friends invited us to join them on a tour. They had been given the tickets as a Christmas present. Our guide, Ross was very informative and gave us a good insight into the working of the brewery. Although not a beer drinker he was very knowledge about the range of beers and the male members enjoyed the tasting.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A good way to pass an hour or so if weather inclement. Robert our tour guide was informative and had the right delivery with a touch of humour to keep people interested. Generous beer tasting followed by wine tasting.... make sure you are not driving home!

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Visited Adnams this weekend with a small group of friends. Thoroughly good couple of hours. Our tour guide Robert was a brilliant blend of knowledgeable enthusiasm and relaxed familial welcome. Good level of details for the group accompanied by a very generous tasting session. Answered all our questions. Thanks!

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Worcester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Had a very good tour of the Admams brewery in Southwold £10.80) which was spoilt because it was difficult to always hear what the guide was telling you. I appreciate that my hearing is not brilliant but my wife (who unfortunately can hear me open a pack of biscuits from 100 yards away) also struggled to understand what was being... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Highly recommended. Very interesting and definitely worth a visit. Make ure you've eaten before you go as you can end up drinking a lot. The tour ends in the bar where you get to taste lots of different beers, then you go to their shop where we tasted the spirits too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We booked this on line Wednesday morning , arrived at reception 10 minutes early as requested and had a little look round the small museum and then our guide , Robert showed us around the Brewery , which was excellent and Robert's knowledge was second to none and a very friendly guy too . £12 for the tour and lots... More

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9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A really well planned and presented tour with a great guide. Great use of the old buildings for the new brewing kit. Clearly all the team are proud of their work. The tasting session was great with a range of brews in enough volume to want to avoid driving! Sadly the own label wine isn't in the same class as... More

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Ruth G, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your tour and tasting! Hopefully we will see you in Southwold again soon. Many thanks, Ruth Goldsmith - Tours Coordinator More

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