Taking inspiration from conversations with Ryan Witter-Merithew of Siren, and with a desire to put Birmingham on the map the Birmingham Beer Project is the brainchild of Jaz and Kal at Cotteridge Wines. To quote Josh Hughes of Glasshouse Brewery, one of the breweries set to be involved, it started off with the idea of just doing some specialist small batch beers but has the potential to grow into something amazing with extra depth and breadth. Some of this extra breadth has been achieved by expanding the remit to include more local breweries such as Burning Soul and then putting an invite to more top breweries in the UK and beyond. At the time of writing, this includes Mills, Magic Rock, Elusive, Cloudwater, Tiny Rebel, De Molen, Mikkeller, Verdant and Wild Beer. Jaz did say that they felt really honoured by the support from these breweries .Obviously this has been done in the past few years in the month of July during the annual birthday celebrations when we have seen many one-off beers available over the weekend, or weekends as it has now become. One of the differences this time though is that the beers will be spread around different bars in Birmingham and not just be available at Cotteridge with the breweries making 8 or 9 kegs of these small batch ales available. So look out for them in the City Centre, Harborne, Moseley and other suburbs. We’ve been told the first beer for the project is from De molen, an 11.3% Belgian Quad aged in Port Barrels which will be called toekomst & vrienden, which is Dutch for future & friends. It was one of their loyal customers @RichTheVillan that came up with the name, and it should be on tap the first week of December with more to follow. After this initial phase the next step is to roll out a barrel ageing project (see what I did there :)) with the first ones most likely being stouts, available by the end of the year. Jaz said they are hoping that some of these will be gravity pours straight from the barrel. They are also hoping to acquire a separate space for barrel ageing and a tap room. And further down the line it is hoped that the Beer Project will become a separate brewery with brewers visiting the city to brew one-offs or collaborating on a kit specially available for such a purpose. Despite only just getting going with Glasshouse Josh seems very excited about the potential of the project with the prospect of doing fruited beers, mixed fermentation styles and collaborations. And Jaz and Kal have shown their support over 20+ years for the beer drinkers of the city and this shows their commitment to its evolving future. And on a personal note I am genuinely looking forward to trying the beers, serving the beers and hoping to see Birmingham and the West Midlands take this next step towards making Birmingham a destination city for beer lovers far and wide.