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Suffolk Bound


On 08/11/13 by Simon Goldrick (Policy & Information Officer)


Last Friday the BBPA team travelled up to Adnams Southwold for a brewery visit. These visits give us the opportunity to learn more about our member companies, the issues that really affect them and how their businesses are facing the challenges ahead.


After a bright and early start we were greeted by Andy Wood, Stephen Pugh and Emma Hibbert for a presentation on how Adnams has adapted to meet the challenges of the brewing industry. Their slogan of ‘Doing Things Right’ brilliantly summarises their policy of environmental and social responsibility whilst not taking the fun out of beer!


We were taken on an excellent brewery tour by Head Brewer, Fergus Fitzgerald, who spoke eloquently about the brewery and his own passion for brewing– demonstrating the qualities that made him the winner of the 2013 All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group ‘Brewer of the Year’ award. The brewhouse, built in 2008, is a modern, energy-efficient construction, fitted into the compact historic site and is now used not only in the production of the diverse range of Adnams beer but in the production of wash for the distillery. The distillery was installed in 2010 and is the only distillery on a brewery site in the UK. It was an interesting sight indeed - resplendent in burnished copper.


Lunch, also attended by Pubs Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, followed at the picturesque Harbour Inn providing an opportunity to taste the Adnams beers, ranging from the traditional Old Ale mild to the American inspired Ghost Ship, packed with Citra hops.


Finally we visited the distribution centre which perhaps would not feature in a typical brewery tour. However with a grass roof, hemp walls and a whole host of innovative, environmental features it was highly impressive and futuristic – a huge contrast with the wonderfully traditional Sole Bay Brewery, yet still fitting perfectly with Adnams entire business ethos.


Many thanks must go to everyone at Adnams for this fantastic day with some valuable lessons in how one brewery is succeeding, developing and evolving.



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