Independent spirit (beers, and wine…)

In 1872, brothers George and Earnest Adnams bought the Sole Bay brewery in Southwold. Since then, Adnams has remained proudly independent, creating products we believe in with unceasing care and passion.

And with this independence comes freedom. Freedom to take risks. Freedom to make a stand for the benefit of our customers and our community. And freedom to break new ground while others take the well-trodden path.

It also means we can maintain the highest standards of quality – we’re not just in control of our own destiny, we’re in control of every detail of our successful operation.

A breath of fresh, sea air

We’re hugely proud of our Southwold roots and the contribution we make to the community (we’re as much a part of the seaside town as beach huts and buckets & spades!) So much so that we resisted the easiest option to move to an industrial estate when building our eco-friendly brewery in 2007, instead staying true to our home – and our ‘way of the coast’ approach. Instead we used the exsiting Victorian buildings to house our advanced brew house.

We’ve even adopted a stretch of Southwold beach in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society, keeping it clean with our army of trusty volunteers.

Independence = innovation

As well as driving our entire ethos, our independent spirit has allowed us to create a whole series of firsts. Such as brewing the UK’s first carbon-neutral beer. Being the first UK brewery to legally install a distillery. And the first to use innovative reverse-osmosis technology to produce our award-winning low-alcohol Ghost Ship 0.5%.

Being big enough to make a difference, but agile enough to swiftly change and adapt means we never stop innovating – as recognised most recently by the Icons of Gin who named us Brand Innovator of the Year in February.

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