HM Revenue & Customs has already granted the brewer a licence to distil and store alcohol. Adnams has submitted a planning application for the refurbishment of the old brewery copper house at its base in Southwold.
It aims to have gin and vodka on the shelves of its Cellar & Kitchen stores by November, and whisky in three years time after the requisite maturation period.
Chairman Jonathan Adnams said: “There’s a resurgence of consumer interest in high-quality, handcrafted spirits and this is a fantastic opportunity.
“The addition of a small distillery to breweries is not uncommon in mainland Europe, but I believe we will be the first brewery in the UK to brew beer and distil spirits on the same premises.”?The brewery plans to expand its existing visitor programme to include distillery tours. The distillery itself will have a glazed front to allow passers-?by to see what is happening inside.
The hot water by-product from the distilling process will be used to wash beer casks and waste product recycled for fuel.