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Adnams Brewery Tour

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Address: Southwold IP18 6JW, England
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+44 1502 727225
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11:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Fascinating behind the scenes view of thriving business

We took the brewery tour on a Saturday which meant that unfortunately there was little actual activity but our tour guide did his best to fill in the gaps, although he could have... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Steeple Bumpstead
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Steeple Bumpstead
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the brewery tour on a Saturday which meant that unfortunately there was little actual activity but our tour guide did his best to fill in the gaps, although he could have given us a simple 'process diagram' that would have aided understanding. The tour naturally finished with a sampling! We tried six beers during which the rather subdued... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went on the tour with a very good friend and it has been quite some time since I have enjoyed such a day. It's a very tactile day "smell this, roll the hops between your fingers etc etc" and our guide had worked at the brewery for many many years and you could tell that he knew his stuff.... More 

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Greeted by our guide Sally who proceeded to show us around the brewery. As a largely automated site lots of pipework and steel vessels but interesting to hear about the processes, look at the hops and grains that are used and get a better understanding of the brewing process.

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AdnamsSouthwold, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. More 

Heathfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 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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AdnamsSouthwold, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! Being energy efficient is really important to us. More 

Shropshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

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.

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AdnamsSouthwold, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for a lovely review and hope you had a great birthday! More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

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 

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AdnamsSouthwold, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We will pass on your feedback - currently, we don't offer booklets on either tours but feel free to email us if you'd like some information after the tour. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 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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AdnamsSouthwold, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for a lovely review! More 

Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 

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AdnamsSouthwold, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review! More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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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AdnamsSouthwold, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

We are so glad you had a lovely time on our tour. More 

Paphos, Cyprus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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 

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AdnamsSouthwold, Manager at Adnams Brewery Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for a great and detailed review! More 

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