Yorks Bakery at the Ikon

One thing that Birmingham is blessed with is a plethora of great independent coffee shops, and Yorks Bakery has been on that list for a while, first with its Newhall Street location and more recently at Stephenson Street and the Espresso Bar on Colmore Row. And now it is set to open a new venture taking over the cafe in the Ikon gallery by opening a pizza and beer bar, which is where our interest comes in. So a few days before they were due to open I stopped by to have a chat with Alex Findlay who is looking after the beer side of things. His interest in beer began whilst at university in Sheffield. He did work in what he describes as a bit of a dive bar but living in the Kelham Island district he had access to some great pubs and beers, and with the start of the keg revolution in the UK he became fascinated by the variety of styles and flavours available. For the last year and a half he put this to use as cellar manager at the Dark Horse in Moseley where he organised many events including the inaugural Grape vs Grain match up with Firestone Walker. And now he has moved on to Yorks. They have 6 very nice looking taps, 3 for core beers covering a lager, a pale, and a dark beer, and 3 for revolving guests, and this is what we can look forward to, with descriptions taken from Untappd.
Core range
Four Pure Pils – Our reimagining of a classic German Pilsner. Generous hopping with Mittelfruh and Saaz gives this beer a delightful floral and spicy aroma. The finish is dry, crisp, and refreshing. Inspired by our cycling adventures through Germany and the Czech Republic.
Wild Bibble – Brewed with Vienna Malt and Oats, an unusual mouth filling malt base. Hopped with beautiful Mosaic hops, renowned for their tropical fruit beauty, helped along with some nice orangey Amarillo hops both at the end of the boil and in the dry hop. It is unfined, so naturally hazy. A moreish bitterness is complimented by tropical fruit tastiness.
Wiper and True Milk Shake Stout – A milk stout uses sugar made from cows milk to give the beer a sweet, creamy tone. Bristol breweries were once famous for brewing the best milk stouts around. For our take on the traditional recipe we’ve used copious amounts of chocolate malts and vanilla pods to create rich, velvety and satisfying dark beer. ABV may change.
And the first guests include Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit, Northern Monk New World IPA, and Big Smoke Mothership Amber Ale. They also have a bottle fridge with beers from One Mile End, Harbour, Bad Seed, Siren and Brew By Numbers. As things go forward Alex is hoping to introduce some local beers to the list and do some events down the line. And the free slice of pizza I had whilst chatting was very nice – looking forward to trying a full one in the very near future.
So, no offence meant to the many venues on Broad St, but personally I’m pleased we have a new independent venue so close to the Symphony Hall and the Cineworld cinema for a bit more quality choice in the area.

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