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All about Adnams Polypins

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

An Adnams polypin ready for pouring" width="200" height="159" />If you’re having a party and require more than a few cases of beer, then an Adnams Polypin may be just what you need. Our polypins contain 36 pints of fresh, cask beer - that’s the equivalent of four of our 5-litre mini casks. As the beer is fresh, just as you’d buy in a pub from cask, the Adnams racking team tend to fill Polypins to order. We fill polypins of Southwold Bitter, Broadside and Ghost Ship regularly, and other seasonal beers (such as Old Ale) when they are available. Some of our stores stock polypins on a fairly regular basis, so if you need a polypin at short notice please ask your nearest store if they can help.

How to order your polypin

You can order and collect your polypin from any of our Adnams stores. You can also call our Customer Service team on 01502 727222 to place your order to collect from a store. Unfortunately, we can’t deliver polypins to you directly. Prices range from £55 for Southwold Bitter to £60 for Ghost Ship, Broadside and Old Ale. Please note that we don’t stock Broadside or Old Ale all year round. Currently Old Ale is only available from mid-November to January and Broadside can be requested a minimum of 4 weeks in advance.

How to store and look after your polypin

Watch Adnams Brewer Dan Gooderham's 'How-To' Guide on looking after and opening your Adnams polypin. 

Remember to let your cask settle for 24 hours before use.

1. Once you pick up your polypin from an Adnams store, transport it in an upright position with the tap at the top.

2. When you arrive home or at your party venue place your cask in a cool place away from direct sunlight in the position that it will stay while it is in use.

3. Next, vent your cask in the upright position by opening the tap and releasing any gas. If it has been bouncing around in the back of the car though we recommend you do not do this immediately! To access the tap, break and remove the perforated panel of cardboard to reveal the tap underneath.

4. Once vented, turn your polypin so that the tap is on the side and easily accessible for pouring.

5. Now your polypin is in the place where it will be consumed, raise the back of it just an inch or so (you can use a book for this).

6. Before you get too excited and pour yourself a well-earned pint, you need to let the cask settle for 24 hours, or at the very minimum overnight. This is to allow the yeast and sediment inside to settle out to the bottom.

7. Once settled, you can test the beer. Sometimes a small amount of sediment will settle in the tap, so pour a small amount out and discard if it is cloudy. The beer should run clear within ¼ of a pint.

8. All is ready – the party can now begin! Once opened, your cask will remain fresh for up to five days. (If you decide to move your cask, you’ll need to wait until the beer has settled again otherwise it will not run clear.) Cheers!


Sarah Groves