Adnams Broadside

'An Adnams classic'

ABV 4.7%

Tasting notes & ingredients

Brewed with Pale Ale and Chocolate malt and First Gold hops, Broadside is a dark ruby red beer rich in fruitcake aromas, almonds and conserved fruit.

What’s the story?

Brewed to commemorate the fierce Battle of Sole Bay fought against the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Southwold coast, Broadside has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. It’s a fine heart-warming English beer, rich in flavours of malt and hops which enjoys a special place in many people’s hearts.

Adnams Broadside mini-cask

Adnams Broadside mini-cask

(1.3 units/half pint)

You can now also buy Adnams Broadside in mini-casks.

Want to know more?

Broadside is a multi-award winner, including ‘Best Strong Bitter’ in the country, and awarded a gold medal at the Great British Beer Festival. Voted ‘Best Strong Bitter’ in the country, it was duly awarded a bronze medal at GBBF in 2011 and Gold award in the International Beer Challenge in 2009.

Adnams Broadside in bottles

Adnams Broadside in bottles

Broadside also comes in bottle and at 6.3% abv, bottled Broadside ‘Strong Original’ is our best selling bottled beer.

The beer in cask is a different recipe to the bottle version but both share the ruby red colour and rich fruitcake aromas. Bottled Broadside is the original version, as it says on the bottle, which we started brewing in 1972.

During the early eighties, the bottle market in the UK was in decline but cask beer was seeing resurgence.  Everyone liked the beer and the name and wanted to keep it going in some form but at 6.3% abv it wasn’t suitable as a cask beer. So we formulated a new recipe suitable for cask.

British Hop Association logo - brewed with British hopsObviously the bottle beer market recovered and has grown strongly, at the same time the cask market grew and we have ended up with two successful beers. They do have similar tastes, both malty and fruity cake flavours, but bottled Broadside has them in abundance. You can read more about the differences in cask and bottled Broadside in this blog post.

Bottled Broadside has won numerous awards over the years including a Gold medal at the 2009 International Beer Challenge.
(3.2 units per bottle)

Weighing less than 300g, our new, award-winning 500ml bottles are one of the lightest in the bottled beer category. Better still, they’re 100% recyclable.

Carbon footprint: 576 (gCO2 equivalent emissions per 500ml equivalent bottle). Read more.

Adnams Broadside is available in bottles and 5-Litre mini-casks to buy online.

Contains barley


IBC Silver award 2014

Silver medal winner at 2014 International Beer Challenge.



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