The Travelling Barman ~ Dubrovnik

The ‘Beeb’ still haven’t come calling. I’m beginning to wonder if my wish of an all expense paid trip around the globe to drink damn good beer is becoming increasingly slim. Is it really too much to ask for – to be paid for gargling copious amounts whilst mildly managing […]


A Brummie’s Eye Over The GBBF

The Great British Beer Festival. CAMRA’S showpiece of the year returned once again to the Kensington Olympia in London. This was my third visit in a row and on this occasion I decided to do something slightly different. I decided to initially try and focus on the beers from the […]


Sadler’s Tap Showroom Quinton

It’s a very warm and sunny Monday afternoon and so I thought I would make a trip up the Hagley road and see what Sadler’s latest offering is all about. This for me is not too much of a distance. Being a B.ham City Centre dweller, the tap-room is a […]


Moseley Craft Beer Festival Returns! 3

Last year saw the first Moseley Craft Beer Festival at the Dark Horse. It was a great event taking over the bar and outside area and showcasing both local breweries and those from further afield. We were lucky enough, as a team, to visit and whilst there we met Edward […]


Full Steam Ahead! Head of Steam Birmingham – Review 1

This month saw Birmingham join the likes of Leeds and Sheffield with the opening of Head of Steam on Temple Street. I, my two blog cohorts (Dave and Bob) and our other halves were invited to one of the opening events to see what the place was like for both […]


Opening Date Revealed for The Head of Steam Birmingham

Opening Date Revealed for The Head of Steam Birmingham The latest Head of Steam bar in Birmingham city centre is set to welcome friends, families and dogs alike, when it opens from 5pm on Thursday 7th June, bringing a new craft beer offering to the city, and exclusive European beers as part […]


Birmingham Beer Week returns in July 2018

Birmingham Beer Week – Press Release Birmingham Beer Week is a week-long celebration of Brum’s epic beer scene and the culture that makes this city so great! With a rich brewing history that is evolving into a forward thinking craft beer haven, #BrumBW18 will be bringing together the city’s finest […]


Lock & Key Beer Con

Lock and Key Beer Con Press Release A New Independent Beer Festival for The Midlands Comes to Birmingham A brand new independent beer festival is coming to the second city this summer, celebrating the best of beer culture in the Midlands and Birmingham’s place right at the heart of it. […]


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 […]