Adnams Southwold has some vegan options

Address: Sole Bay Brewery, East Green
Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JW
Phone: 01502 727297
Checked by: Ian
Double checked by: Aisling, Wiebke, Louise, James, Adam
Added: almost 7 years ago
Double Checked: 4 months ago

Products by Adnams Southwold:

Company email (October 2017)
"...unfortunately at the moment our beers are not vegan however the good news is that we will be brewing a healthier range of brews in 2018 which will be vegan"

Company email (February 2017)
"Currently all our beer either uses Isinglass as a regular process or could use it if needed so I wouldn’t want to call anything vegan. We brew all the beer onsite in Southwold but we can currently only package cask beer, so bottle, can and keg are sent out for filtration and packaging.

"We do use Isinglass in all the cask beer on site. We are involved in trialling some vegan finings but the results so far aren’t good so I don’t think this situation will change soon.

"The vast majority of our beer is bottled at Martsons in Burton on Trent. They do use Isinglass as part of the regular filtration process. They can, on request, filter without Isinglass but they will only do this with low volume beers as it impacts their capacity, we do brew two beer for M&S which don’t use Isinglass, M&S Suffolk bitter and M&S Christmas ale.

"All our Canned beer is treated with Isinglass or could be to deal with any process issues.

"Our kegged beer is similarly treated,. However we are in the middle of a project that will mean we will be able to filter beer on site and keg it here from July. We are hoping that we will be able to process some of our keg beer without the use of Isinglass. I can’t say for certain yet as all beers are different but it is our intention to do trials in June when the equipment is in place.

"It’s also worth adding in the spirits. We produce Gin, Vodka and whisky, amongst other spirits here. None of these use animal products in the distillation."

Company email (March 2014):
"All our spirits are vegetarian/vegan friendly at this time."

Company email (June 2012):
"All our cask beers and bottled beers contain isinglass. Our beer is all made here in Southwold by ourselves so the processing would always be the same. The Cask Diamond Jubilee Ale we produced contained Honey."

Company email, January 2012:
"None of Adnams ales are suitable for vegans."

[clarification question asked]
"I am saying that ‘all’ Adnams drinks are not suitable for vegans; ie beers & spirits."

Company email:
"Currently, only one of our beers is suitable for vegans (i.e no isinglass finings are used) and that's bottled Spindrift."