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Adnams Brewery Tour

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

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. Please book ahead online for by calling our booking line to avoid disappointment.

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There's not a lot to see

Although there's not a lot to see it was fascinating. The energy efficient technology was great. The guide was informative and interesting and hosted the generous tasting very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Mike R
Heathfield, United Kingdom
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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Although there's not a lot to see it was fascinating. The energy efficient technology was great. The guide was informative and interesting and hosted the generous tasting very well. I never knew my favourite beer was so well automated. Well done Adnams, other companies should follow your path.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really interesting to hear about the history, ingredients and brewing process. And of course the best part was tasting the many different brews in the bar and spirits in the shop. Great value, would thoroughly recommend the Adnams Brewery tour.

Thank DarbyShropshire
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Last weekend we did the Adnams Brewery Tour. The tour was very good and the guide ( Johnathan ) was excellent . The only disappointment was that after the tour there was no guide or booklet to purchase. It was impossible to take in all of the information regarding the history and processes that we saw. We are hoping that... More 

Thank richardjmobbs
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What great fun and very interesting. Oh and lots of samples at the end. Takes a couple of hours and it's best not to drive

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice little tour and kept us all interested we went with my Uncle and parents and we all enjoyed it. The history and the tour is pretty good and interesting. There are a couple of places where there are a few open steps if your not good with heights or steps but you can stay down and... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip was well organised and led by an efficient and well informed guide. The pace was perfect, with opportunities to ask questions at any point. As an industrial site, health and safety was in evidence but kept to an appropriate level. Sample room was wonderful.

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Paphos, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an ancient brewery that has had a complete refit in recent years and it shows. There is a huge amount of history and tradition here but the equipment and brewing process are all state-of-the-art. Johnny, our guide, was most welcoming and adopted a relaxed, humerous presentation style. We browsed in a small museum, then watched a short film,... More 

Thank Andrew O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you do visit southwold would highly recommend doing this, the guide was excellent very friendly and informative.

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am certainly not a beer expert although a couple of people in the group were. I do enjoy Adnams beers though! Ross was a great tour guide and gave the tour catering to all covering the four main ingredients used in making beer, the history of Adnams and some of the more complicated scientific processes. At the end of... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Southwold for a Weekend to do The Brewery Tour, we will now have to come to Southwold again to do The Distillery Tour. We met Sally, our Tour Guide who was Friendly, Helpful & Very Knowledgeable. We started with the Health & Safety Chat, then went on our Tour of The Brewery going from one building to... More 

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