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Adnams Southwold Bitter

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Southwold Bitter pump clipTasting notes

Southwold Bitter is a beautiful copper-coloured beer, late and dry-hopped with Fuggles for a distinctive, lingering hoppiness. Brewed with the finest East Anglian Pale Ale malt barley, sourced locally to the brewery. We use Fuggles hops which we add late in the boil to preserve the herbal flavours of this traditional English hop. We add more Fuggles to each cask so that the flavour of the hops infuses into the beer. It's a perfect 3.7% abv in cask and 4.1% abv in bottle and can.

What’s the story?

First brewed in 1967, it was originally called Adnams Best Bitter. It holds our oldest trademark, Southwold Jack, and remains the original hero in our range. British Hop Association logo - brewed with British hopsSouthwold Bitter is as distinctive as ‘Southwold Jack’ (the knight with the sword) who appears on the pump clip and has done so through many incarnations. Many Adnams beer fans would agree with our Head Brewer that Adnams Bitter is a truly distinctive pint. We wouldn’t be overselling it to describe it as a classic. (1 unit/half pint)

Want to know more?

Southwold Jack is Adnams longest standing trademark, dating back to the early 20th Century. He can also be found on the wall of the brewery and in St Edmunds church in Southwold. This small wooden figure depicts a young soldier from the 15th Century War of the Roses. Some believe he was based on a real man who walked the streets of Southwold, a local boy who fought as an armoured foot soldier for the Duke of York - we may never know. Named 'Jack the Smiter' he stands at 4 feet 4 inches tall and is constructed of painted wood. Known as a 'Clock Jack', his job is to strike the hours on a church bell with his battle axe. He came to Southwold when the Church was built in the 1400's. IBC Award Bronze 2010 International Beer Challenge Bronze Award winner 2010 CAMRA Champion Beer of East Anglia 2007 First brewed in 1967, the packaged version was until recently years called ‘Suffolk Strong Bitter’ and depicted a scene of the brewery on the packaging.

Adnams Southwold Bitter in bottlesBottled Adnams Southwold Bitter 4.1% abv

At 4.1% abv, bottled Bitter is refreshing, distinctively hoppy and dry with wonderful malt aromas. Delicious served cool. (2.1 units per bottle) Weighing less than 300g, our new, award-winning 500ml bottles are one of the lightest in the bottled beer category. Better still, they’re 100% recyclable. Carbon footprint: 529 (gCO2 equivalent emissions per 500ml equivalent bottle). Read more. Adnams Southwold Bitter is available in bottles to buy online. Contains barley Watch Adnams Brewer Fergus Fitzgerald review Adnams Southwold Bitter:


Sarah Groves