While in Suffolk, DT and I decided that we would take a trip to Southwold and check out the Adnams brewery tour.
Adnams has been brewing beer for well over 100 years, focusing on producing high quality, reasonably priced products, using quality British ingredients. As well as beer, Adnams produces spirits (which I can confirm are excellent!) and works with partners to import a wide variety of wines from all over the world.
Situated right in the middle of the pretty seaside town of Southwold, the brewery spans several streets, and while some buildings are obviously commercial, others are cleverly disguised as terraced cottages - we were led through the colourful doors of cute houses only to find ourselves in the barrel room!
Following the Meantime tour earlier this year I already had some knowledge about the brewing process, but it was interesting to hear all about the history of Adnams and the development of brewing in the UK.
No brewery tour would be complete without a tasting! Tastings are such a great opportunity to try things you wouldn't normally consider, and without this tasting I would never have learnt that I love Explorer, a delicious blond beer, or that Winter Spice liqueur is the ultimate winter tipple!
As well as brewing (and distilling) Adnams also has a number of hotels, pubs and Cellar and Kitchen stores. The stores are amazing, packed full of delicious goodies (the tomato ketchup rates very highly in our household) and fun kitchen gadgets...I could have spent all day there, which would have been very dangerous after some pretty intense beer tasting!
We ventured out to Southwold while visiting Aldebrugh in Suffolk.