Adnams’ beer is an alternative aperitif

Suffolk brewer Adnams has launched a 10% abv “celebratory beer for sharing”, which comes in a 75cl bottle.

Solebay has an rrp of £9.99 and is brewed in the style of a Belgian beer, but is named after the area of the Suffolk coast at Southwold where the brewery is located.

Solebay is brewed with East Anglian pilsner malted barley, a combination of demerara and muscavado sugar and is lightly hopped with Nelson Sauvign hops. Instead of using Champagne yeast, Adnams adds its own yeast variety during the fermentation process. Locally grown lavender is also added at the end of the fermentation to give a “floral touch to the beer”.

It comes in a specially designed tin, which, along with the bottle, has an illustration of the Adnams brewery and its home town by East Anglian artist and printmaker James Dodds.

Adnams’ head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald said: “Solebay has been a real labour of love and I’m particularly proud that we’ve achieved such fantastic flavours using Adnams’ yeast. The result is a hazy gold-coloured sparkling beer, with aromas and flavours reminiscent of honey, banana bread and pear drops, with a warming, sweet, luscious finish.

“Solebay’s sparkling style and strength makes it a great alternative to Champagne as an aperitif. This is a beer to be shared – one for special occasions. We recommend it be served in Champagne flutes. With its honey flavours, it would work equally well with a dessert course and, owing to the strength of the beer, it can also be laid down to enjoy at a later date.”?The beer is available online from and Adnams’ Cellar & Kitchen stores.