Apple's Birthday Adnams Brewery Tour, Southwold, Suffolk - 29th November 2012

It's Apple's 50th, so to celebrate he hires a coach to haul himself and another eleven hardcore real-ale drinkers from the Brome Swan over to the Adnams Brewery in the heart of Southwold. It's a good hour-and-a-half tour, broadly similar to one Nosher and Isobel did a couple of years ago, and finishes up with the ever-popular tasting session in the bar upstairs. Afterwards, we're off to the Red Lion for a spot of lunch.

next album: Moustaches, Beer Fests and a Visit from the Government, Suffolk and London - 30th November 2012
previous album: Lord Green Visits SwiftKey, Southwark, London - 21st November 2012

Milling around before the tour kicks off

John Willy reads up on Adnams history

A nice collection of Adnams pump signs

The gang stride over to the start of the tour

Adnams Jack, stuck on a wall

A bit of a talk, in sight of the lighthouse

A pile of old beer crates

Pippa and Alan sniff at some hops

A tangle of stainless-steel pipes

Marc checks for any text action

A fermenting tank

Paul peers in

An operative pokes around at the bottom of the maturation tanks

The CO2 warning light flashes red

An almost Escherian scene of stainless steel

A dim rainbow over Southwold

Old buildings and dark skies

The gang mills around in the rain, on Church Street

Barrels are filled up with beer

Up in the tasting room, some samples are prepped

Nosher with 'Movember' special, Marc's hat and a glass of beer

Paul at the bar

Southwold lighthouse and the Sole Bay Inn

Adnams Distillery (The Copper House) takes delivery of some nice new oak barrels

Colin, Alan, John Willy and Apple

Apple is somewhat reserved

Jill points to her 'fish finger' baps

Lunch at the Red Lion

Sue holds up the puddings list

Apple and Pippa have a laff

A vitreous trail of destruction

Outside the Red Lion

Paul and The Boy Phil roam around

DH in the Adnams shop

Marc looks a bit 'meh'

Apple and Sue arrive

DH and Marc look at boxes that look like cheese

Alan waits at the door

The gang spill out of the Adnams Kitchen and Cellar shop

An interesting skip outside St. Edmund's Church, Southwold

Nosher pull's Southwold Jack's bell string

St. Edmund's Church, Southwold

On the buses

A rainy Halesworth

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Milling around before the tour kicks off