A great beer from one of the best breweries in the UK, and best real ale brewers in the world (in my opinion) A great beer for drinks, with food and also can be used in cooking. Super tasty and super versatile.
Also, I live in Norfolk - a great place for real ale. Real ale has been booming over the past few years with more and more people drinking it - but in Norfolk its part of the life style. Norwich, a city once boasting more real ale pubs than any other city is a haven for real ale lovers. With many brewers dotted around Norfolk using local ingredients with hundreds of pubs in the city pumping out the stuff. Real ale flows here.
So, you can imagine with the disappointment as real ale fan, and proud Norfolkian (note, thats not a real word) feels when one of the best real ale breweries in the world, let alone country - are in the rival county, Suffolk. More specifically, Southwold - a very nice East Anglian coastal town home of the great Adnams brewery.
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Adnams is a rare beast - a biggish organisation with small business charm. The brewery as we know it, looks and style wise has been slowly become a big player in the real ale market for the last 20 years - but the Adnams name and brewery have been fermenting beer for almost 150 years. I make this distinction, because the Adnams we know now is a real brewery of distinction. It has the core, real ale values it seem to be established with and those shared by many small real ale brewers, but its a big operation. When organisations grow is often said they can lose their core value and the sense of understanding it has for their customers as a small business. Adnams is a big brewery, with over 85,000 barrels flying out a year - but still staying 'real', literally as it was awarded CAMRA (campaign for real ale) brewery of the year. One of the founding priciples of CAMRA was to fight against the big brewers making mass market, watered down beer. They wanted to promote 'real' beer and help the small breweries and pubs still doing the good, old fashioned thing. So, for a big brewery like Adnams to be recognised by CAMRA is an impressive feat. Adnams beer is available in many pubs in the UK, most in East Anglia - and bottles in supermarkets, as well as through online wholesalers and their website. So, if your a real ale fan and understand how to drink responsibly - tasting the delights of Adnams is a readily available experience.
Right, to the beer in question.
Picking an Adnams beer to review was no easy choice. They do a great range of beers that are all very good - but I've picked my favorite among favorites, Broadside.
Over the past 4-5 years I've gone from lager drinker and occasional real ale drinker, to real ale and occasional lager drinker. This is perfectly natural. As you age, your taste buds start to wear out, with the area at the front of your tongue going first. This is the area that senses sweet, with sour and bitter at the back and side going last - so as you get older you start to go off the sweet tasting stuff you liked when you were younger, and prefer stronger flavors. So my palette, whilst not that old, appreciates the deeper, richer more bitter flavors real ale has to offer.