I have recently been enjoying a selection of beers and ales from Mauldons Brewery based in Suffolk. In fact it is Suffolk’s oldest brewery.
With a rich history dating back to 1795, Mauldons has perfected the art of brewing, delivering exceptional flavours that have stood the test of time. From the stout all the way to their pale ale, I must admit that I do enjoy each of them and as you taste them you can sense how each is crafted with purpose.
In this review I will explore the unique collection of Mauldons beers, uncovering the secrets behind their success and why they are loved by beer enthusiasts around the world. From their flagship Mauldons Suffolk Pride to their innovative and limited-edition brews, each beer reflects the brewery’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship.
Mauldons’ beers are renowned for their exceptional taste, using only the finest malted barley, hops, and water sourced from their own local region and properties. Their dedication to traditional brewing techniques combined with a passion for innovation results in a range of beers that cater to every palate.
Whether you are a seasoned beer connoisseur or simply enjoy a refreshing brew, Mauldons offers something for everyone. Join us as we delve into the world of Mauldons beers and discover why this historic Suffolk brewery continues to capture the hearts of beer lovers worldwide.
History of Mauldons Brewery
Mauldons Brewery holds a special place in the history of Suffolk and the British brewing industry. Founded in 1795 by Anna Maria Mauldon who had started brewing ales for her customers’ consumption at White Horse Inn, in Sudbury, Suffolk and then nearby at the Bull Hotel. Today you can see a nod to the beginnings with the White Horse in the logo.
Anna Maria went into partnership with her son, and the company, that for at least the next century was known as A.M. Mauldon & Son. They went on to buy other pubs to tie in, as well as building a larger purpose brewery by The White Horse to meet demand.
The brewery remained in the Mauldon family for over 7 generations and by the mid 20th century it also had nearly 30 tied pubs within Suffolk.
In 1960, John Christie Mauldon sold the brewery and pubs to Greene King & Sons who sadly then let much of the premises fade away.
Then, in 1982, Peter Mauldon, who held a position in the family line all the way back to Anna Maria, brought back Mauldons Brewery in Sudbury, Suffolk, and established another site on Chilton Industrial Estate. The brewery is now owned by Charlie Buckle and it is still in the hands of a passionate local family.
Over the years, Mauldons has witnessed an evolution of brewing techniques and tastes, adapting to the changing demands of beer enthusiasts while staying true to its roots.
Mauldons’ beers are crafted using the finest malted barley, hops, and water sourced from the local region. In fact, the barley is grown by the Buckle family’s own farm and Nedging Hall Estate which not only keeps the ingredients locally sourced but enables a reduction of the ecological footprint.
The brewery’s commitment to excellence is evident in every drop of beer they produce. With a combination of traditional brewing methods and modern innovations, Mauldons continues to create beers that are loved by both locals and visitors alike. Their dedication to preserving the rich brewing heritage of Suffolk is evident in the quality and craftsmanship of each beer they produce.
Today, Mauldons offers a diverse range of beers that cater to every taste preference.
Overview of beers produced by Mauldons Brewery
Mauldons Brewery takes pride in its diverse range of beers, each crafted with precision and care. Let’s take a closer look at some of their popular offerings:
As the flagship beer of the brewery, Suffolk Pride is a traditional English bitter that showcases the classic flavours of malt and hops. With its rich amber color and balanced bitterness, this beer is a true representation of Mauldons’ commitment to traditional brewing.
Tasting notes: Pouring a deep amber color, Suffolk Pride greets the palate with a malty sweetness and a hint of caramel. The balanced bitterness adds a refreshing crispness, making it an enjoyable beer to savour with friends or pair with hearty dishes.
Black Adder Stout
This award-winning stout is a favorite among beer enthusiasts who appreciate the robust flavours of roasted malt and dark chocolate. With its silky smooth texture and hints of coffee, Black Adder Stout offers a truly indulgent drinking experience. Ok, I must admit I am not normally a stout drinker but I really find this one delightful. If I really want a tasty one off drink to savour then I find myself grabbing a Black Adder.
Tasting notes: This rich and velvety stout delights the senses I sense hints of roasted nut, coffee and bitter dark chocolate. The smooth mouthfeel and full-bodied flavor make it a perfect choice for those seeking a beer that is both comforting and indulgent.
This pale ale is what I would say is very moreish and goes down so very well. With its tinges of citrus and crisp taste, if you are a lager fan and want to try a new beer then Silver Adder is one for the list.
Tasting notes: Silver Adder showcases a pale golden colour and citrus and crisp finish that entices the senses. Not heavy at all and is a great session beer for lager lovers.
A flavourful and aromatic beer that is definitely a session bitter. It really does have a crisp hoppiness to it and medium body that makes it enjoyable to drink. Mole Trap is a satisfying beer with a unique character.
Tasting notes: Extremely crisp and refreshing. Hoppy flavours on tasting that combines great with the malt flavouring coming through. A really refreshing drink.
Ploughmans Golden Ale by Mauldons is a refreshing and flavourful beer that is also Gluten Free. With a smooth taste and a hint of citrus, it has a balanced hoppy bitterness and a crisp finish, making it enjoyable for all year round.
Tasting notes: An extremely light and flavourful Golden Ale that has a sweet and citrus edge to it. If you are looking for a refreshing Gluten Free Ale then you should certainly look for this.
Where to buy Mauldons beers
At Mauldons Brewery there is an online store where customers can browse and purchase their favourite brews, as well as exclusive merchandise and gift packs. Whether you’re stocking up for a special occasion or simply want to enjoy a pint of Mauldons at home, their online store ensures that their beers are accessible to enthusiasts wherever they are.
If you are ever in the Suffolk area though then you can call in and visit their Bottle Shop located at the Brewery. Here you can also take a tour of the brewery and not only learn about the history but also do a tasting before you take some home for yourself.
The bottle shop and brewery is located at:
13 Church Field Road
Mauldons Brewery’s commitment to sustainability
Mauldons Brewery understands the importance of sustainability and strives to minimize its environmental impact. From sourcing locally grown ingredients to implementing energy-saving measures, the brewery is dedicated to creating beers that are not only enjoyable but also environmentally responsible.
By investing in renewable energy sources, reducing water consumption, and recycling brewery waste, Mauldons is actively working towards a more sustainable future. This commitment to sustainability ensures that every pint of Mauldons beer is not only a delight for the taste buds but also a conscious choice for the planet.
Conclusion: Why Mauldons is a must-try for beer enthusiasts
Mauldons Brewery’s long and rich history, commitment to quality, and diverse range of beers make it a must try for beer enthusiasts. From their traditional ales that pay homage to Suffolk’s brewing heritage to their innovative and modern brews, Mauldons continues to push the boundaries of what beer can be.
By combining traditional brewing techniques with a passion for innovation, Mauldons Brewery creates beers that captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re a fan of classic bitters or enjoy exploring new flavours, Mauldons offers a beer for every occasion.
So, raise your glass and toast to Mauldons Brewery – a true gem in the world of beer. Cheers!
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