Adnams today is about looking to the future rather than the past, but we are proud of our history and heritage and here are a few highlights from along the years.


Johanna de Corby and 17 other ‘ale wives’ of Southwold were charged by the manorial court with breaking the assize of ale. This is the earliest record of beer being brewed on the Adnams site.


George and Ernest Adnams bought the Sole Bay Brewery with the help of their father.

Adnams Brewery circa 1872

Adnams Brewery circa 1872


George was not cut out for country life in Suffolk so departed for South Africa, where he was eventually eaten by a crocodile.

Adnams Tally Ho 1880

Adnams Tally Ho 1880


Ernest Adnams and head brewer Thomas Sargeant signed the Memorandum of Association establishing Adnams & Company Limited.


Jack and Pierse Loftus acquired a stake in the brewery.


Steady growth and great acclaim for their beers, Adnams won the Star of Excellence in Brussels and the Challenge Cup for best beer at the Brewers’ Exhibition.



The tragic death of Nico Loftus led to the third generation of the Adnams and Loftus families joining the business.

Adnams Jack Brand

Adnams Jack Brand


The Brewery was substantially enlarged and modernised. This ongoing process continues to this day with state-of-the-art brewing equipment installed earlier this year.


The Adnams Charitable Trust is established to mark its centenary as a public company. The Trust donates a percentage of pre-tax profits to groups and organisations within a 25-mile radius of Southwold.


1999 Adnams introduces its famous ‘ribbons’ logo and successfully relaunches SSB and Broadside in award-winning bespoke 500ml bottles.


To much acclaim, Adnams, Beer from the Coast advertising campaign is launched.

Beer from the Coast Advert

Beer from the Coast Advert


Adnams refreshes its brand with new-look pump clips and a stylish bespoke pint glass. The first Cellar & Kitchen store outside Southwold opens in Holkham, Norfolk. Adnams is awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.


On the retirement of Simon Loftus, Jonathan Adnams becomes Chairman. The eco-distribution centre is built with its living roof, lime and hemp walls and rain harvesting facility. The Cellar & Kitchen store in Woodbridge opens and the Adnams dray horses retire.


With its commitment to the environment, Adnams reduces the weight of its 500ml bottles from 455g to 299g making them the lightest 500ml beer bottle on the market. The latest stage of the brewery development is completed with the installation of a state-of-the-art energy-efficient brew house. Innovation is not restricted to the infrastructure as Spindrift, a modern English beer is produced.


Adnams opens its new energy efficient brewery and produces East Green, the UK’s first Carbon Neutral beer.


The Adnams Copper House Distillery is built and opened.

We were delighted that after just four months of producing Adnams Copper House Spirits, they began winning awards at international competitions. The distillery sits in the room which used to house the old brewing coppers and we pride ourselves in being able to trace the distilling process from grain to glass. From the top of the building are some of the best views in Southwold across the rooftops to the Lighthouse and North Sea beyond. The beautiful Suffolk coastline has inspired the unique names and elegant packaging design of our spirits range.


For a second time Adnams wins the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2012. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise judging panel said, “Adnams plc wins a Sustainable Development Award for pursuing a ‘values-based approach to management’ within its brewery, wine merchants and hoteliers business. As a result, it has reduced its negative environmental impact and made significant contributions to the well-being of its surrounding communities. It provides an excellent example to its industry.”