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Ghost in the Adnams brewery?

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Brewery GhostThanks very much to Mr F. Enstein who emailed this strange photo to us after taking part in last week's distillery tour. Frank writes, "We'd just bumped in to Fergus on the way to the old brewery cellars who let the group taste a cask sample of the final brew of this year's Ghost Ship. This welcome diversion meant that we were a little late continuing with our tour, but none of us were pressed for time. I was fascinated by the stacks of oak barrels and the smell of spirit in the air, and I hung back to get a photo in one of the oldest parts of the cellars. I am a touch slow anyway because I suffer with my joints, but I deliberately waited until all the members of the group had turned to go back up the stairs so that I could get a shot free of any people and, at the time, I thought I had succeeded. It wasn't until I got home later that evening that I realised I had captured something strange. What do you make of this?" It's not the first time that Adnams has had reports of strange goings on in the old cellars. Beer has been brewed here for over 650 years. The first official record we have dates back to 1345 when Johanna de Corby and seventeen other 'ale wives' of Southwold were charged by the manorial court with breaking the assize of ale. Johanna appeared undeterred by her fine and was brought before the court regularly for the next twenty years. Thanks again, Frank. Could this be Johanna? You can view a larger photo on Flickr. Happy Halloween everyone!

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