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Adnams Brewery Tour

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Address: Sole Bay Brewery, Southwold IP18 6JW, England
Phone Number: +44 1502 727200
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Activities: Drinking
Description: Behind the walls of our Victorian building in the heart of Southwold sits...
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.
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Interesting, informative and great beer!

Despite living not far from here, and being a fan of their beer, I'd never done the tour. Clearly I'd been missing out. Our guide was not the most knowledgeable in terms of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Despite living not far from here, and being a fan of their beer, I'd never done the tour. Clearly I'd been missing out. Our guide was not the most knowledgeable in terms of facts and stats but did bring it to life with anecdotes, good explanations and general overall knowledge. First you spend ~1hr doing the tour, then off to... More 

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girton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This trip was one of the bast I have had.The guide was knowledgeable,witty with a confident air. The way the beer was brewed was amazingly modern,but when we came to the tasting it was the real deal.I will do the distillery tour next time

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Woodbridge, Suffolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Excellent tour of the brewery and distillery, knowledgable guides and a fine tasting session. Theyreally didn't scrimp on the samples. Plus you get a free beer in the shop and a 10% off voucher. Highly recommend.

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Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We were bought vouchers to visit the brewery and distillery by a friend, finally managed to arrange visit 13.4.2015. A really good day out the tour guides Bob and another lady (sorry forgot name) were excellent and very knowledgeable all the staff were polite and appeared to be happy. We went to Adnams Cellar and Kitchen where we had a... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went as a group of four and thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour. Our guide (Chris - I think!) was very knowledgeable and kept us all entertained as we explored the different areas of the brewery and brewing process. Two of us are not beer drinkers yet the tour is interesting and informative enough that this meant we still really... More 

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Stanford-le-hope, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Very good and informative tour the guide was very knowledgeably of all the aspects of brewing the different beers and ales. And you got to taste loads of ales and beers and spirits and also given a voucher for a free bottle of beer top marks

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Informative and excellent value. Our guide knew her stuff and the tasting session at the end plus shop discounts more than made up for the initial price of the tour.

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Halstead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We had the spirits tour brought for us for xmas. We enjoyed it but we didn't like it as much as the brewery tour which we did last time we went to southwold. We didn't enjoy standing in the doorway trying the spirits! And there was scaffold up in the brewery and no notification of this at all! & people... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was my firsy brewery tour and will certainly not be my last. It's a vey interesting tour , as the firm has alot of history with the town . Our tour guide was extremely knowleadgeable and chatty and spent alot of time with us. We were shown all areas of the brewery and at the end were given a... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Wanted to arrange a highlight for our visit to Southwold and was able to book 2 spaces on the brewery tour at the last minute (day before) The booking confirmation gave details of where to find the start of the tour, helped by the massive lettering on a building directing us to the exact spot. The tour itself was informative... More 

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