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Meet The Brewers

Gray and Sons supply beer from a number of local brewers as well as a few further afield. Click on the links below to learn a little more about the breweries and their beers.

Adnams Brewery


Sole Bay Brewery, Southwold, Suffolk. IP18 6JW

Web: www.adnams.co.uk
Email: info@adnams.co.uk

Tel: 01502 727200
Sales: 01502 727272

About Adnams

Adnams are based in the Sole Bay Brewery in Southwold which was bought by George and Ernest Adnams in 1872 with the help of their father. George left Suffolk for South Africa a few years later (eventually being eaten by a crocodile) and in 1890 Ernest, along with head brewer Thomas Sargeant established Adnams & Company Ltd.

In more recent times Adnams have become acutely aware of the environment and won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development in 2012. Adnams launched the Adnams Charitable Trust in 1990 to mark its centenary which donates a percentage of its pre-tax profits to groups and organisations within a 25 mile radius of Southwold.

Adnams' Beers

Adnams brew a number of regular beers.

Adnams Southwold Bitter 3.7% abv

Southwold Bitter
Bitter 3.7% abv

A beautiful copper coloured ale, dry hopped with fuggles for a lingering, distinctive hoppiness.

Adnams Broadside Dark Ruby Ale 4.7% abv

Dark Ruby 4.7% abv

Broadside is a dark ruby red ale which is full of fruitcake aromas, almonds and conserved fruit.

Adnams Explorer Blonde Ale 4.3% abv

Blonde Ale 4.3% abv

Explorer is both light and refreshing. Citrus bursts onto the palate with a fruit bitterness.

Adnams Ghost Ship Pale Ale 4.5% abv

Ghost Ship
Pale Ale 4.5% abv

A delicious pale ale with assertive bitterness and a malty backbone with a hint of peaches.

Adnams Gun Hill Dark Mild 4% abv

Dark Mild 4% abv

A cross between a dark mild and a brown ale, this dark ruby ale is full of toffee, chocolate and spicy flavours.

Adnams Lighthouse Golden Ale 3.4% abv

Golden Ale 3.4% abv

Adnams Lighthouse is a crisp, refreshing amber ale with a hint of toffee and caramel and a long hoppy finish.

Adnams Sole Star Amber Ale 2.7% abv

Sole Star
Golden Ale 2.7% abv

Sole Star is a full flavoured pale amber beer with light floral, citrus aroma and a good level of bitterness with caramel notes.

Adnams Flame Runner Pale Ale 3.9% abv

Flame Runner
Golden Ale 3.9% abv

This one off brew for the London 2012 Olympics is brewed with ingredients from all five continents to give a spicy citrus and subtle ginger aroma.

Some of Adnams Seasonal Beers include

Adnams Old Ale Winter Warmer 4.1% abv

Old Ale
Winter Warmer 4.1%

A recipe dating back to 1890 that gives a mild style beer with caramel and nutty chocolate aroma and hints of red fruit flavour.

Adnams Tally Ho Winter Warmer 7% abv

Tally Ho
Barley Wine 7%

Brewed since the 1880s Tally Ho is dark Mahogany red in colour with a rich, fruity aroma and a sweet raisin and biscuit palate.

Adnams Yule Tide Ruby 4.5% abv

Yule Tide
Ruby Ale 4.5% abv

A wonderfully dark winter warmer with a balance flavours giving a grapefruit bitterness and a lingering dry spicy finish.

Adnams Oyster Stout 4.3% abv

Oyster Stout
Stout 4.3% abv

Based on a traditional porter this is a rich, nutty, mouth filling stout. Normally available in February and March.