First brewed in 1967 (under the name Adnams Best Bitter), Southwold Bitter holds our oldest trademark, Southwold Jack.
This small wooden figure depicts a young soldier from the 15th Century Wars of the Roses. Some believe he was based on a real man who walked the streets of Southwold, a local boy who fought as an armoured foot soldier for the Duke of York – we may never know. Named ‘Jack the Smiter’ he stands at 4 feet 4 inches tall and is constructed of painted wood. Known as a ‘Clock Jack’, his job is to strike the hours on a church bell with his battle axe.
Southwold Bitter is a beautiful copper-coloured beer, late hopped with Fuggles for a distinctive, lingering hoppiness.
Style: Bitter | Malts: Locally-sourced Pale Ale malted barley as well as Black and Crystal malts | Hops: mostly Fuggles | ABV: 3.7% in cask, 4.1% in bottle | Colour: Copper | Availability: Brewed all year-round in casks, bottles and cans. | Serving suggestion: Great with roast meats and fish cooked in batter
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