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
DiGBETH Clink Smack-bang in the heart of one of the most cultural and creative areas of Birmingham, Clink is a bottle shop and taproom that you will feel right at home in. Located in the city’s old Custard Factory district in Digbeth, the bar features old school factory windows that shine light into a quaint and relatively small bar that is big on character and beer selection. There are over 200 bottled and canned beers available for you to select and either take away or drink in. There is also eight different beers run on tap, and any of these can be served into growlers too. You will find many of the power houses of craft beer on the shelves in Clink, including Northern Monk, Cloudwater, Magic Rock Mikkeller and Omnipollo. The bar has an upstairs section that again benefits from the unusual architecture of a former factory and offers a unique place to enjoy a craft beer. There are also plenty of interesting independent shops and food venues dotted around too, so you can really make a day of it if you decide to venture out to Clink.
Kilder This is one of Birmingham’s true hidden gems – hidden because it is relatively new and also that it is tucked away in a railway arch near to the city’s iconic Moor Street Station. The bar was opened by the owners of popular cult burger restaurant Original Patty Men, who decided to turn the arch next door into one of Digbeth’s best craft beer experiences. The bar features stylish décor that was created by a Digbeth-based architect and the beers on tap are numerous. We enjoyed sampling from brewers such as Deya, Founders, Siren and, of course, local favourites Burning Soul. Due to the nature of being opened by guys and girls who own a restaurant, the food here is pretty awesome too. There’s a wide range of bar snacks, light bites and bigger meals to help keep you in there longer and enjoy more of the beer on offer. There’s also a good selection of wine, for those you may have dragged in who aren’t interested in the beer. The venue and its owners place a real emphasis on micro brewing and supporting the local brewing scene, so expect this to grow in stature as a venue as the years go by.