Welcome to issue six of Hopulist…
• Our guide to the craft beer scene in Birmingham
• Exclusive interview with Unity Brewing’s Jimmy Hatherly
• Inside the mind of Lervig designer Nanna Guldbaek
• Our pick of the best European Imperial Stouts out there
• How top writer Breandán Kearney got into beer
• Our picks of what beer is hot right now
• All the freshest beer merch to keep you looking slick
Tilt When you first walk through the doors of Tilt – located incredibly centrally, just off Corporation Street – you may wonder just what this place is supposed to be. Tilt has three distinct sides to it – coffee, craft beer and pinball. The two owners, like so many in this trade, have brought their passions to life in the form of a business. You’ll find an excellent range of craft beers on tap including a good percentage from American brewers. The bar also has a can and bottle fridge, which you can buy from to takeaway, or drink in for a small fee of £1.25 extra. We have often been surprised at the beers we’ve found in this fridge on our semi-regular jaunts to Birmingham, including some belters from US brewer Stillwater Artisanal and some favourites from Scandinavian names like To Øl and Amundsen. The bar has floor-to-ceiling windows across much of the main level, but go upstairs and you will find another good sized space with interesting views of some of Birmingham’s architecture. There is also a downstairs bar too. The attention to detail on beer is also mirrored by the coffee – they only serve speciality coffee, which refers to some of the highest grade coffee beans available on the market. They use roasters from all over the world and seek out the best they can find – in many ways they offer a craft style of coffee. The other real standout feature of Tilt is the pinball machines, where the bar gets its name. They are into double figures with the number of machines they have in the bar and they also host regular leagues and other competitions for pinball wizards to test their skills. While this might not be everyone’s cup of tea (or should we say coffee), it certainly adds a unique vibe and a friendly atmosphere. Tilt offers enough for you to stop in at any time of day or night and seek out something that will improve your mood.
CITY CENTRE Post Office Vaults Blink and you’ll miss the Post Office Vaults, especially if you approach the entrance to the bar that is on Birmingham’s main pedestrianised shopping street, New Street. It’s little more than a doorway, but upon entering and descending the stairs, you’ll find a little oasis of good beer in a cosy and dimlylit cellar bar. This independent pub prides itself on being one of the best offerings of international beer in the city – outside of its eight real ales from UK brewers – it has an inexhaustible collection of bottled beers from as far and wide as Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, the Netherlands and the USA. Another nice touch of this pub is that, while it doesn’t serve food, you can bring your own and they will provide cutlery and plates. The bar opened in 2011 and has an air of history about it that makes it a very welcoming place to raise a glass.