Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery - Adnams Broadside

Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery - Adnams Broadside

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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery - Adnams Broadside

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  • Serving Temperature:

    45-55° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    English Pint Glass or Goblet
The term "broadside" refers to ship-based cannon fire in which all the cannons on one side of the vessel are fired simultaneously. The technique was used quite successfully in the Battle of Sole Bay in 1672 during which the English dealt many a broadside in their successful fight against the Dutch. These days, if someone offers you a Broadside in the seaport down of Southwold—or anywhere for that matter—take it as an act of kindness rather than an offensive maneuver, for this is a fine brew indeed. As far as many pub ales go, this one packs a punch at 6.0% ABV, for the classic pub ale ABV runs between 4 and 5%. It's also a bit darker than many beers of this style (Extra Special/Strong Bitter), running an attractive amber-red color. It was awarded the Gold medal in the Strong Bitter category at the 2003 Great British Beer Festival. And for those who seek the stronger side of that typical English pub ale, this fine ale is a real find indeed. Pour yourself a glass right now and let's review this brew. We found that this beer had an aroma wrought with notes of anise/raisins as well as big, juicy malts, orange-scented yeastiness, and a bit of hop spice. Expect a juicy, biscuity flavor from generous portions of English Maris Otter. These flavors are offset by spicy and bitter elements from tangy English Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings hops. The chewiness of the malts carries though to the finish with a lingering sweet caramel flavor, which is quickly balanced by an ample bitterness characteristic of the style. This beer is fantastic with authentic English cheddar as a snack, or with spicy lobster.
If you've ever been to Great Britain, you've probably come across the famed English Pub. Then again, even if you've never set foot in the UK, you're probably still familiar with this famous institution. London is probably the best known English pub city, but the entire country is spotted with the classic pub. In the UK, pubs are often owned and operated by local breweries. With such an abundance of breweries scattered throughout the country, you can bet there are quite a few classic pubs. Head northeast of London to the eastern coast of England, to a region known as Southwold, odds are that the frothy beverage served in this sea resort town will carry the name Adnams. Set in this classic English coastal town, crammed with characteristically British pubs, Adnams is one of England's oldest and most respected breweries. Their brewery in Southwold is known as the Sole Bay Brewery and has been brewing great beers under the Adnams name since at least 1872. However, more than 650 years ago the brewery began as the brewhouse of Southwold's oldest inn, the Swan. Brewing continued at the Swan until it burned down in 1659. The brewery house was then moved from the inn to its present location at the rear of Swan yard. For most of the 18th century the Swan, home of the Sole Bay Brewery, was owned by local legends the Thompson family, who gained a reputation for their fine ales. In 1825 the Swan was sold to a local maltster by the name of William Crisp for a mere £350. Over the next 47 years, the brewery passed through a succession of owners until 1872 when the Adnams brothers, George and Ernest, purchased the brewery. Fast forward to 2001—Adnams is owned by the fourth generation of the Adnams family. It was in this year that Adnams gained the esteemed distinction of being "Britain's fastest growing brewery". In 2004, in recognition of their great brews, their head brewer was chosen as Britain's Brewer of the Year by a panel of his peers. If the brewing Brits approve, you know it must be good stuff! In 2007, they'll complete a six year period of renovations and upgrades, officially becoming the most energy-efficient brewers in the country. Good beer and eco-friendly—what more can you ask for? (besides another pint!) For more information about the Adnams brewery visit
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