Bury St. Edmunds

This weekend was a weekend away, staying in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, at The Chantry Hotel. We visited the Greene King brewery.

Greene King Visitor Centre

We have a Museum that traces the history of brewing in and around Bury St Edmunds from the earliest times, and the story of the Greene and King families who came together in 1887 to form Greene King and Sons Ltd.There has been a brewery on our site in Bury St Edmunds since at least 1700 and we are still going strong today!Our ‘new’ Brew House was built in 1938 and is a wonderful example of art deco architecture with Italian marble flooring and walls on the mash tun floor.See how real beer is produced using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods. A tour round our historic working brewhouse includes the best view of Bury St Edmunds from the roof (weather permitting). Start at the museum, tour the brewery and then taste the different beers in our Brewery Tap.

We found out about burtonising’, originally  done to imitate water from Burton-on-Trent, but nowadays brewers refine their burtonising dependent upon the beer style.I am not a beer drinker, but I sampled some nice beers, such as Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale

Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale is unique and unrivalled in this country. It’s a blend of two ales: Old 5X , which is brewed to the maximum strength possible (around 12% abv) and left to mature in 100-barrel oak vats for a minimum of two years, and BPA, a dark, full-bodied freshly brewed beer which is added just before bottling. The result is a unique beer – strong (6% abv), dark, fruity, oaky and very, very special!

and Hop (Formerly The Beer To Dine For)

Brewed to complement food, we use the lightest malts and Tettnang hops to achieve the unique pale golden colour, crisp taste and dry finish. This unique blend makes Hop the ideal accompaniment to spicy dishes, seafood and poultry. The Tettnang hops, imported from Washington State and Oregon, give the beer its soft melon aroma and complete the dry finish.

The evening was  rounded off by a drink in The Dog and Partridge.

The old brew house covers the site, in Crown Street, where the last abbot, John Reeve, could have lived his remaining days with a pension but he died within a few months of the surrender of the Abbey of St Edmunds.

The sun doth not shine upon a town more beautifully situated . . . upon a monastery more famed for its endowments, size and splendour. One would think one were looking upon a whole town, so many gates are there, some of brass, so many towers, and a church unsurpassed by any other, adjoined by three more in the finest style, all situated within the precincts of the monastery. Through it winds a small stream, spanned by a bridge with twin arches.

John Leland shortly after the Abbey was dissolved.

The World Tour of Bury St. Edmunds By The Jacobite Intelligencer

We also went to the weekend event Sutton Hoo through the ages:

From the twilight of the Roman Empire to the Norman Conquest Invasions, raids and migration, Saxon burial rites, interactive displays and activities for all ages. Stand well back during combat displays!

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