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9th March 2021

Sustainability key ingredient in new collaboration beer

Southwold brewery Adnams launches the first beer in its 2021 series of collaborative brews which champions crafting a sustainable future with like-minded breweries.

Continuing a long history of running its business sustainably, Adnams has teamed up with Thornbridge Brewery to create Nevermore, an India Porter brewed with British hops and locally grown grains to ensure the beer is made using only what is needed and ‘never more’.

Nevermore will be available from from 12th March 2021. 

The India Porter is inspired by Adnams Ghost Ship 4.5% and Thornbridge’s Wild Raven 6.6% but reimagined with British hops. Locally grown grain adds light, toasted coffee notes to the juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and resinous pine flavours the fresh British hops contribute, creating a refreshing beer that’s flavoursome yet light. Nevermore has the medium-bodied mouthfeel expected from a porter, but with smooth, clean bittering characteristics and a thirst-quenching finish.

India Porter is a style that once sat alongside IPAs exported to India in the 18th century which were extra-hopped for preservation on the long sea voyage.

Adnams Head Brewer, Fergus Fitzgerald explains why using UK hops and grains is so important to the brewery:

“Our focus of sustainability for Nevermore is very simple; use what we need and ‘never more’. Championing British hops and local grain is integral to this, not only because it reduces food miles but it continues Adnams’ tradition of supporting local businesses wherever possible. People tend to think of big flavoured American or New Zealand hops are needed to make exciting craft beers, but the range of flavours and aromas you can create using different varieties of British hops is incredible.”

With each collaboration brew in 2021, Adnams will make a new commitment, continuing its journey to a sustainable future.

Dom Metcalfe, Sales & Marketing Director at Thornbridge Brewery comments:

“The opportunity to collaborate once again with our friends at Adnams, this time on their sustainability project, was one we were very excited to be involved with! Ghost Ship and Wild Raven are iconic beers for both breweries respectively and to be able to create Nevermore as a hybrid using all British ingredients is a testament to the brewers and all involved. We can’t wait for everyone try it!”

Fresh from Southwold via Bakewell, Nevermore is priced at £21.99/case of 12 x 330ml cans, suitable for vegans and 5% ABV, it is available online at from 12th March.


About Nevermore India Porter 5% ABV

Inspired by a combination of Adnams Ghost Ship 4.5% and Thornbridge Brewery’s Wild Raven 6.6%, but reimagined using only UK hops, Nevermore is an India Porter (5% ABV) brewed with local Amber, Brown, Chocolate and Pale Ale malts and UK-grown Chinook UK, Harlequin, Jester and Mystic hops.

Available for a limited period in 330ml can. 49Kcal/100ml, 205kJ/100ml.

Suitable for vegans.

£21.99 /case of 12 x 330ml can at


About Adnams

Established in 1872 as an independent Suffolk-based brewery, founded by George and Ernest Adnams. In 2010 Adnams became the first brewer in England to build a distillery on the same site, which is now where it creates award-winning handcrafted spirits, including the ‘World’s Best Gin’*, Copper House Dry Gin, and the ‘World’s Best Vodka’**, Longshore Triple Malt Vodka.

In 2020, Adnams was awarded Gold for the East Coast Vodka, and Silver for both the Longshore Triple Malt Vodka and Rye Malt Whisky at the IWSC 2020 awards.

Adnams produces a wide range of cask, keg, bottled and canned beers and owns and manages nine hotels, pubs and inns as well as several retail stores. At its heart it is still an independent, values-based family business committed to a sustainable future.

*As voted at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2013 and ** in 2014 & 2018


About Thornbridge

Founded in 2005, Jim Harrison and Simon Webster recruited two young brewers to begin brewing in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. Jaipur, a 5.9% IPA catapulted Thornbridge into the spotlight, with an array of awards and national recognition. In 2009 a brand-new state of the art brewery was built at Riverside, Bakewell to meet with demand and allow Thornbridge to develop its range of beers. Brewing still takes place today on the original kit at Thornbridge Hall, which allows the team to experiment with new brews, create bespoke Hall brews, collaborations and assist the main brewery in Bakewell. Thornbridge brews the finest quality beer with a passion., recognising that not only quality but consistency and innovation are key to creating amazing and beautifully balanced beer. In 2020, to celebrate 15 years of Thornbridge, the brewery collaborated with Adnams to produce Strickland, a dry Irish stout, as part of its Year of Beer series.

Press release from Phipps on behalf of Adnams

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