But what do I care about holiday makers, distraction over, I’m about to join the Adnams brewery tour.
For those of you not familiar with Southwold, it has its own brewery and has been brewing beer in some shape or form since the 14th century, when Johanna de Corby and 17 other 'ale wives' of Southwold were charged by the manorial court with breaking the assize of ale.
|Jack the Basher!|
Look out for Southwold Jack or Jack the Spiter or even Jack the Basher which adorns many Adnams products. Apparently he was created to scare the peasants!
Interesting fact, Southwold was actually raised to the ground by a fire, many years ago. When it was rebuilt several ‘greens’ were constructed to stop this situation ever arising again.
The tour is very interesting, full of history and amusing anecdotes’ lasting about two hours. The first hour is spent walking between the various buildings that hide a multitude of industrial appliances all cleverly concealed behind quaint looking houses. Taste the various malted barleys, sniff the hops and admire clouds of yeast shimmering in their stainless steel vats. Heed the warning about breathing in CO2 as it will kill you! The second hour is spent tasting nearly every Adnams beer that possibly existed! The only drink that lacked a bit of flavour was the Adnams Ginger Beer which needed a bit more ginger! I have it under good authority that more ginger is being added for the next batch. It's all light hearted stuff and probably not for the serious conoisseurs. The tutours obviously love their jobs and make the whole process great fun.
To be sure by the end of the tour I can’t remember my own name let alone all the details of how the beer actually made it to the bottle! It’s all just a happy mish-mash by the end. You’ll have to sign up to the brewery tour if you want to find out more. At £10.00 per person, (18 years or over) including a free bottle of beer it is a great way to start the day. Be warned, they cunningly guide you to the Adnams Cellar and Kitchen shop where you get to taste some delicious wines and spirits whereupon they cleverly convince you to hand over the entire contents of your bank account! Next week I’m going on the wine and spirit tour if I can find some spare cash…..
|Amazing what you find on the shoreline!|
As you open up the foil packaging there is a good spearmint aroma. The bar is simple in design and well made. The taste of spearmint is subtle and perhaps for my taste a little too subtle. The bar is pleasant but lacks any sort of punch and is rather understated. I tried another chunk this morning and whilst there is nothing wrong with this bar it is not giving me that 'pep up' feeling or the tingle down the back of my neck that I usually associate with her chocolate. Amelia’s bars are top-end in terms of price so expect to pay from £4.95 for a 100g bar. Overall 5/10. To buy on line click here. Beer 1 Chocolate 0 on this occasion.