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Adnams Historical Beers

By sarahhowe, also posted in News on

We've created many beers over the years and below you can find a list of the beers we have retired, mainly due to public popularity in the beer-style waining or because they were one-off celebratory beers.

Barley Mow

Barley Mow

A full bodied amber beer, brewed to celebrate the end of the harvest and the beginning of Autumn. It’s brewed with Pale Ale, Crystal and Chocolate malts and Fuggles and Goldings hops that deliver a dry, roasted grain taste and hoppy finish.    

Native Britten - three label designsNative Britten

A limited edition bottled beer, brewed to celebrate the centenary of renowned composer Benjamin Britten. A 4.5% golden wheat beer with banana and citrus flavours, a lightly herbal aroma and a sweet, dry finish. The beer is brewed solely from Suffolk ingredients - malted barley and wheat, First Gold hops and a touch of honey and thyme.  

Adnams May Day pump clip image

May Day

Brewed to mark the start of the British summer and the warmer drinking occasions. A malty golden 5.0% abv beer with a crisp bitterness, leading to a satisfyingly clean finish and a hint of orange peel and spice. Brewed with East Anglian Pale Ale malt, malted wheat and English hops to produce a well-balanced malty beer with a crisp bitterness leading to a satisfying clean finish.  

Adnams Kristal White Ale pump clipKristal White Ale

Part of our Head Brewer Fergus Fitzgerald's handcrafted cask beer range he has created a European-style wheat beer with an English twist. A 4.2% abv clear golden wheat beer with aromas of cloves and bananas which follows through on the palate with hints of toffee and a subtle sweet finish. It is brewed with malted wheat, barley and German Noble Hops.  


A deep red, almost verging on black, ale conjuring up roasted nuts and dark chocolate, with lingering flavours of liquorice and dried fruits. Brewed with pale ale, cara, chocolate and black malts plus malted Oats. It’s hopped with Boadicea.  

Adnams English Red AleEnglish Red Ale

Brewed to showcase English hops as well as supporting the English hop growers. At 4.5% abv beer brewed with Pale Ale and Crystal malts and English hops Landlady, Admiral and English Cascade. Fruity, toffee and caramel aroma and palate with an orange peel bitterness to balance the sweet malt flavours.  

Adnams Flame RunnerFlame Runner

At Adnams, we couldn't let an event of such epic proportions (London 2012 Olympics) go without marking it with our own iconic beer. Brewed with ingredients sourced from each of the five continents. It's a clean and refreshing 3.9% pale ale with a spicy citrus and subtle ginger aroma and a good malty backbone balanced by an orange peel bitterness. We've used malted barley from Europe, hops from Australasia and spices from Africa, Asia and America.

Adnams Diamond AleDiamond Ale

Brewed to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. A 4.1% abv amber gold beer brewed with Pale Ale and Premium Cara malts, with Sovereign hops and locally-sourced honey providing a sweet, honeyed, floral aroma. On the palate, it has a slight floral sweetness balanced by biscuity malt and crisp bitterness.