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
Brewdog We all know and love Brewdog (well, most of us) – but whatever your view on one of Scotland’s greatest exports, you know you can safely enter it as a refuge away from flat pints of macro beer you’ll find in other bars in this very central location. Brewdog in Birmingham is just a few minutes from New Street station on John Bright Street and presents the perfect place to get a glass of something with taste and standard. The bar opened in 2012 and features the typical Brewdog interior décor with exposed brickwork and metalwork. There is also a reasonable outside seating area to take advantage of those warmer drinking days. In our view, this is a great place to start an evening or if you want to kill some time before grabbing your train in somewhere other than the ultramodern and mainstream interior of New Street.
CITY CENTRE Cherry Reds Café Bar Just across the street from the Brewdog bar, you’ll spy Cherry Reds Café Bar. On the face of it, it may not look like somewhere you should have on your list when in search of craft beer, but you’d be wrong. The Café offers simple and delicious food and also serves a good range of craft beers to go with – a fact it has prided itself on since it opened in 2010. You’ll find many good beers from Belgium, covering a wide range of styles as well as some from more local brewers like Northampton-based Maule Brewing. Not your traditional craft beer bar or bottle shop, but Cherry Reds is certainly worth a stop if you fancy a bite to eat, or to sit outside on its many exterior chairs and tables. Purecraft If you are searching for a craft beer venue with more of a local angle, then Purecraft could be the answer to your prayers. The bar is owned and operated by Alcester, Warwickshire-based brewer Purity, which occupies an interesting market position as a producer of craft-style beers and more traditional ales. It’s a tough one to miss as it lies just off Victoria Square on Waterloo Street – within eyeshot of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Inside, you’ll find a smartly decorated bar with varying seating options and a great range of beer that generally includes all of Purity’s range as well as beers from other UK brewers like Tiny Rebel and Magic Rock. The bar also serves decent food, covering snacks and full meals (we highly recommend the scotch egg).