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Adnams Copper House Distillery

Our Copper House Distillery sits within Adnams brewery in Southwold.


Our distillery, the Copper House, sits within the Adnams brewery in Southwold. It’s one of the most water and energy-efficient distilleries in the UK and also generates water and steam for the brewery, forming an integral part of our overall sustainable production system.

Why not explore our distillery – you can book a tour here.

Adnams was the first brewery / distillery (a bristillery?!) in England able to produce high quality spirits directly from malted grains all the way through to the finished product. (A law was challenged that prevented brewers from having a distillery on the same premises). We use the same local ingredients to make our spirits – barley, rye, wheat and oats – as we do for our beers.

We use the best modern distilling techniques and a small batch process in order to create spirits with exceptional purity, quality and, of course, flavour. We are able to control every aspect of our spirits production – we even grown our own rye from fields just a few miles from the distillery.

Launched in 2010, our spirits have received many awards from across the world, including the coveted IWSC ‘world’s best’ trophies for our Copper House Dry Gin and Longshore Vodka.

You can browse our range of spirits made in Southwold here.

Whether it’s one of our award-winning beers or spirits, we have taken every care to select the best ingredients combining these with high-quality processing and the wealth of ingenuity and innovation of our brewing and distillery team.

All our spirits are based on locally-grown, East Anglian malted cereals, from which we brew a “distillery wash” – basically an unhopped beer – using our unique two-strain brewing yeast, that has been in use for over 70 years.

Having milled the ‘grist’ (that’s another word for the grains used) and mashed it in the same way as we do when we make our beers, we ferment it with Adnams yeast for seven days. After this time, all the available sugars extracted have turned to alcohol.  This results in a distillery wash of approx 7% abv, ready for distillation.

Watch the video below to find out more about our Grain to Glass story: