Brewer claims UK first as distillery opens

12 November, 2010

Adnams has officially opened its new distillery at its brewery in Suffolk.

The distillery, which has been created inside the Sole Bay Brewery in Southwold, is producing vodka, gin and whisky.

Chairman Jonathan Adnams said: “We have been brewing great beers in Southwold since 1872, and our business now incorporates five hotels, 70 pubs, 10 Adnams Cellar & Kitchen stores as well as our online store. Hand crafted spirits are the next exciting step in our journey and we are proud to add distilling to our expertise.

“Small scale distillation produces spirits of a quality and character that far surpass mass-produced products. The addition of a small distillery to breweries is not uncommon in mainland Europe, but I believe we are the first brewery in the UK to brew beer and distil spirits on the same premises.”

Gin and vodka are now on sale in Cellar & Kitchen stores and the Adnams website. Whisky will follow, after a three-year maturation in oak casks.




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