Kilder Bar ~ first Look

Sometime in my early days of reading the NME back in the mid 70’s I remember there was an article about the first ever McDonald’s fast food joint opening up in London. This sounded quite thrilling, especially since it was around the same time as the American Graffiti movie and […]


A Look Back at Indy Man 2017

These days barely an issue of Ales & Tales goes by where we’re not at one beer festival or another. This piece bares no exception, though it’s worth mentioning that this particular festival is not organised by CAMRA – that’s no reason not to fully support might I add. It’s […]


Thornbridge Goes Up The Junction

Although I started working at the Paper Duck in Harborne last October I haven’t really had a chance to explore the area much and visit any of the other bars apart from the Hop Garden, so when I got chance to go to the Thornbridge event at the Junction on […]


Brum Beer Babs Brew Day @Twisted Barrel

Just under one year ago I started Brum Beer Babs – a way to meet up with likeminded women in the Midlands to share beers and general love for all things brewed. I wasn’t even sure we’d get past our first few meetings let alone be asked to brew a […]


Happy St Davids Day

Did you know that Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon” on March 1st in 1973? Well this year that date might not produce something quite so awe inspiring, but for beer drinkers in the West Midlands and the surrounding area it could prove to be almost as auspicious […]


Happy Birthday to The Wolf

At the beginning of 2017 as some of us were still coming to terms with the fact that Donald Trump really was going to be inaugurated as US President there was a bright spot on the Birmingham beer scene with the announcement of a new craft beer bar opening on […]


Don’t Call it a Comeback….The New Direction for Midlands Beer Blog

The Start As most good ideas do, the idea for starting the Midlands Beer Blog started from a chat between friends drinking beer. We asked why bother, right here. Our mission has always been to promote and celebrate the Midlands beers scene, to share our love and passion of the beers […]


The Hop Garden – A Rebirth in Harborne

What a difference 3 months makes! The last time I visited The Hop Garden it was still , in name anyway, The Sportsman and had the remains of its tired furniture and sporting memorabilia and if I remember rightly Brendon was swinging a sledgehammer! This visit could not be more […]


Twisted Barrel – The Next Chapter 1

My ladies’ beer group, Brum Beer Babs, have been invited to brew at Twisted Barrel in January with beer sommelier and writer Melissa Cole so to start the planning process I popped over to Coventry to talk to owner/head brewer Ritchie Bosworth. Whilst I was there I took the opportunity […]


MBBC On Tour – New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, Colorado

One of the highlights of our recent trip to Colorado was our two visits to the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins. On the advice of Matt Curtis we made sure we booked the free 90 minute tour well in advance, but due to quite convoluted circumstances we were able […]