2019, three years in and my how the beer scene here continues to positively evolve.
Already established venues like Tilt, The Wolf and Beer Digbeth (formerly Clink) are really finding their footing in the contemporary beer scene and are fast being accepted as part of the already vibrant beer scene occupied by stalwarts such as The Wellington and Cherry Reds. Whilst new faces such Head of Steam, Pint Shop and Kilder have also rapidly become places worth spending some quality free time. Outside of the city the suburbs are keeping pace too with breweries, restaurants and bars all pulling double time to make sure that satellite communities are not missing out either. Harbourne, Kings Heath, Moseley and Stirchley all being places that have recently seen their communities of independently operated bars and shops increase exponentially.
To mark out and celebrate this continued evolution Birmingham Beer Week returns for its third year; one which will surpass the highs of last year.
The calendar of events is rapidly starting to come together with a number of events already confirmed. First of which will be the introduction of The Birmingham Beer Debate; a panel debate chaired by former director of CAMRA and founder of beerconsultancy.co.uk Brett Laniosh and with a panel made up of industry experts from across the UK. Joining Brett at the debate will be former brewing director of Fullers Brewery John Keeling, author and beer writer Pete Brown, head brewer of Burnt Mill Brewery Sophie De Rinde, local beer writer and TV presenter Marverine Cole and current sitting CAMRA national exective member Ash Corbett-Collins.
The brewing fraternity of Birmingham are getting together shortly to devise the official Birmingham Beer Week beer. The project led by Paul Harwood of Birmingham Brewing Company looks set to feature many of the breweries across the city and its suburbs. We’ll be bringing you news on this and all the latest developments for #BrumBW19 as they happen.
So expect tap takeovers, residencies, food paired events, film screenings, tutored tastings, guided walking and photography tours and more cultural divergence than you can shake a proverbial pint pot at.