Hopulist Issue Six


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


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.


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).

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