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
JeWellery Quarter 1000 Trades Situated in a pretty eye-catching listed building, 1000 Trades is an independent bar and kitchen in the Jewellery Quarter that is well worth checking out. The bar prides itself on championing all forms of craft beer. There are up to 12 beers on tap at any one time, carefully selected to offer choice and complement each other – some are brewed locally, others are from distant shores. 1000 Trades also has an emphasis on music and works in partnership with the local music scene in Birmingham to ensure there is often great entertainment on site too. There’s also tonnes of local artwork hung throughout the building for you to enjoy while enjoying the produce. Pig & Tail Housed in the historic George & Dragon building in the Jewellery Quarter, the Pig & Tail promises a gastronomical experience that you will struggle to find elsewhere in Brum. Chef Mark Rafferty was the man behind this place and it was born out of his desire for Birmingham to have somewhere to enjoy family-style fresh food that’s locally sourced alongside great craft beers. The dishes are uncomplicated yet delicious and the beers hail from some of the best names in craft included Wander Beyond Brewing and The Wild Beer Co.
BREWERS OF BRUM Burning Soul Brewing Co Based near the Jewellery Quarter, Burning Soul is one of the brightest lights in the Birmingham craft brewing scene. With the history of a group of bored friends searching for something to drink with some real taste, the brewery was founded in 2013 and concentrates on creating beer that brings people together. The brewery also has an in-house taproom that is open on Friday and Saturdays, where you could get the chance to sample its more experimental beers that don’t make it to full production. Two Towers Brewery This community-owned brewer is situated in Birmingham’s famous Gunmakers’ quarter and brews a wide range of beers and ales that it supplies to bars and clubs around the city. Opened in 2010, Two Towers is named after a book by one of Birmingham’s most famous sons, JRR Tolkien and brews beers that are equally as epic as his stories. There’s a tap room at the brewery and the Gunmakers’ Arms pub next door which pours many of its beers. DigBrew Co If you walk around the graffitied old factory units of Digbeth you may spot stickers for the enigmatic DigBrew Co and may be wondering what it’s all about. Well the best way to find out is the head to River Street and visit the brewery’s on-site taproom that is open on Fridays and Saturdays. DigBrew makes some impressive beers that are bold in style and high on quality. You may also be able to sample their beers at many of the bars in this feature.