Three friends, two venues and lots of great beer.
A little over a year ago I took a walk up to The Custard Factory to find out a little more about the new beer venue that seemingly appeared from nowhere. We chatted to the three friends about their plans for Clink.
A year later, a few expansions, and lots more beer, those three friends are now opening their second venue, this time joining The Sportsman/The Hop Garden in Harborne.
Some serious work has gone into the The Paper Duck, to convert the old shop into a contemporary beer venue with a focus on great, British beer. The guys have brought in the experienced and passionate Neil Hemus to manage the space. To ensure the beer is always at its best they will have 18 lines beer and have invested in a expertly fitted Cold Store by Jolly Good Beer.
It has been a real pleasure to watch the development of this project from the beginning, to looking around around at the soft launch. The excitement and passion from the team at The Paper Duck in infectious, they even got me excited about a fridge (an expertly fitted giant magical beer fridge granted). I have no doubt this venue will be a success.
What these three friends have achieved in such a short space of time is very impressive, and we are sure both Clink and The Paper Duck will go from strength to strength (the latter will soon be adding a Beer Garden, so lots of outdoor drinking in Harborne). The Paper Duck is a very welcome addition to the Birmingham Beer Scene, and we look forward to what comes next.
*Full disclosure – Our very own Dave Hopkins will be one of bartenders serving your beer from time to time. I wonder if he has an obsession with Ducks?