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Its A Wrap – News Round Up – 16/09/2016

It’s been almost a year now since Tilt opening at 2 City Arcade. They have gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the go-to venues for not only beer lovers, but also lovers of great coffee & Tea.  And not forgetting the magnificent collection of pinball machines. The guys have no intention to stand still, and they are committed to continue to improve on their offering to its customers. The latest additions is a rather magnificent fridge, stocked with bottles and cans from the best breweries across U.K., Europe & USA.  It really is a glorious sight, with the signage created by Jim at Seven 9 Signs, it’s a work of art in its own right.  Bottles and cans can be purchased to take away or buy to drink in store with a flat rate corkage charged. 

Sticking with Tilt, they will be getting involved with Oktoberfest (which happens in September) by creating their own little taste of Munich on Friday 16th September.  Beers will be provided by Anspach & Hobday, and fresh Pretzels will be available to buy.  The Tilt news does not stop their as they will be hosting Newport’s champion beer winning Tiny Rebel Brewery on Thursday 22nd October for a Tap Takeover.

Twisted Barrel Ale are also coming over all German and will be hosting their own Oktoberfest event on Friday 23rd September.  They continue their travels around Europe by turning Irish on Saturday 24th September for their Father Ted theme day; you’re going to go…ah go on, go on, go on, go on!

Other events coming up included:

  • The Chequers Inn Stourbridge will be hosting a Titanic Brewery festival – 19th to 24th September. Including a Meet at Brewer event on 19th.
  • The Cannock Beer Festival 2016 will be held at Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock from 22nd to 24th September.
  • Celebrate Cherry Reds John Bright Streets 3rd Birthday on 23rd September.
  • Check out the Vegan Food & Drink event at The Gunmaker Arms on 24th September.
  • The fantastic Manchester Marble Brewery head to Birmingham for a Meet the Brewer Event at The Craven Arms on Monday 27th September.

We are both big fans of Magic Rock Brewing, with Dave visiting the tap room, so we recommend  reading Matt Curtis’s article for Good Beer Hunting profiling the brewery. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for more news and events.


Dave & Bob

It’s a Wrap

Only one ICYMI this week and that is from the Craven Arms who announced they will be having a Buxton Brewery tap takeover next month, check out their events page on Facebook for more details.

With Birmingham Beer Week starting tomorrow there are a few things going on to keep us thirsty drinkers satisfied…

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July

Vegan Beer Festival Gunmakers Arms, Bath Street 1200 onwards. Come and join us for all vegan ales from all Midlands breweries!
Food will be from The Vegan Grindhouse and Change Kitchen.

Friday 15th – Sunday 24th

Beer & Cider Festival, Lord Clifdon, 34 Great Hampton St Lots of great beers, again from local breweries

Friday 15th July
Weird Beard Meet the Brewer, Brewdog Bar, John Bright St

Clink Bottle shop and Tap house opens in the Custard Factory

Inn on the Green beer festival started Thursday 14th and runs until Sunday 17th, lots of good beer on and live music on Saturday

Saturday 16th July
Live brew by Twisted Barrel at Stirchley Wine 1535 Pershore Rd

A Black Country Beer Day out organised by 2 local CAMRA branches but not just for CAMRA members, full details here:-

Tuesday 19th July
Rothhammer Tap Takeover Cherry Reds, John Bright Street

Wednesday 20th July
Pour Pure Tasting, Loki Wine, Great Western Arcade, ticket information here

Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd
Birmingham Beer Bash The Bond Co, Fazeley St, Digbeth
The Midlands’ premier keg event! Featuring beers from a hand-picked selection of the UK’s finest breweries across more than 70 taps, plus international beer, cider, food, music, tastings and a bottle bar.
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Thursday 21st July
Belgian Independence Day
Cherry Reds, John Bright Street and Cherry Reds, Kings Heath
Free bottle of Vedett with every Belgian-themed special amongst other discounts on Belgian beers & goodies.
Four Pure Party, Tilt, City Arcade, Birmingham

Friday 22nd July
Latest episode of Beer O’Clock goes out featuring the Midlands Beer Blog Collectives very own Bob Maxfield and his delightful wife Sarah discussing Fixed Wheel Beer

Meet the Brewer with Maule Brewing Cherry Reds, John Bright Street 1900 onwards
Meet the Brewer session with Maule Brewing, accompanied by Strumtroopers ukulele band.

After-party for Beer Bash attendees Cherry Reds, John Bright Street Until 0200 Show your wristband for either of today’s Beer Bash sessions to get 10% off all UK guest beers.
Anspach & Hobday Sours and Stouts, Tilt, City Arcade, Birmingham

Saturday 23rd July
After-party for Beer Bash attendees Cherry Reds, John Bright Street Until 0200 Show your wristband for either of today’s Beer Bash sessions to get 10% off all UK guest beers.
Electric Bear Collab Releases, Tilt, City Arcade, Birmingham

It’s A Wrap


In Case You Missed It

  • On Thursday 7th the Craven Arms will be serving @sirencraftbrew Tidal Wave, their double Soundwave IPA, and you decide which is best – Like Cask, Retweet #evilkeg @CravenArmsBrum
  • Unless you have been living under a rock you are no doubt aware it is Cotteridge Wines 21st birthday celebrations this weekend, check out their twitter feed @CotteridgeWines for details of the excellent line up of beers they will be serving. We’re guessing a few of our readers will be there, so note that @davhop72 will be there Fri afternoon and Sat evening and @bobmaxfield will be there on the latter so come say Hi if you see us.
  • The Birmingham Beer Bash has announced a fringe event for the Friday, “Coffee and Beer with HasBean”, join Steve and Roland to sample four beers that have used their coffee in them
  • Check out ‏@CAMRAStourHales for details of a Black Country beer day out on Sat 16th July
  • Loki Wines have announced their first beer tasting event with @fourpurebrewing, it will be part of Birmingham Beer Week on Weds 20th July
  • Looking further ahead TopBeer Crew will be having their 1st Anniversary Celebrations between 26th – 28th Aug at The Swan Inn Long Lane, Halesowen, B62 9JY during the pubs beer festival

This Weeks Beer Adventures

  • Thurs 7th – Tidal Wave cask and keg at the Craven Arms 47 Upper Gough Street, Birmingham
  • Fri 8th & Sat 9th – Cotteridge Wines 21st birthday celebration
  • Fri 8th – Sun 10th – Rocklands Ale Tasters beer festival Rocklands Club , 59 Birchfield Road, Headless Cross, Redditch B97 4LB
  • Tues 12th – Tilt Homebrew Club, 2 City Arcade, Birmingham
  • Fri 15th & Sat 16th – Brum Vegan Beer and Food Festival, Gunmakers Arms, 93 Bath Street, Birmingham. Check out their twitter and facebook for other regular events

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It’s a Wrap – News Round-Up – 24/06/2016

In Case You Missed It

  • Boaks & Bailey have been traveling across the West Midlands visiting some fantastic Birmingham and Black Country Pubs. Check out their posts here –
  • A few announcements have been made about the beers to expect at Cotteridge Wines 21st party, we had a chat with Jaz & Kal about it, look for the blog on Monday.

 This Weeks Beer Adventures

  • 25th June – ‘I Choose’ Live – Local Drinks Market – The Bond, Digbeth
  • 28th June – Key Lime Tau Release Date – Cotteridge Wine & The Craven Arms
  • 30th June to 2nd July – Bromsgrove Beer & Cider Festival
  • 1st to 3rd July – The Junction Beer Festival – Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton

What We Have Enjoyed Reading This Week

We saw this tweet from Grandmaster Tash™ @danielvane

“Have we created an untouchable top table of UK brewing? Beyond criticism.. All brand and bluster.. I’m beginning to think we have…”.  Again, we thought, maybe a topic for a blog or discussion if anyone wants to get involved…but someone has beaten us to it, have a look at @coluleed blog

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It’s a Wrap – News Round-Up – 10/06/2016

In Case You Missed It

  • The anticipation builds for Birmingham Beer Bash (@birminghamcubed) as the announcements keep coming.
  • Tilt have now started a bi-weekly board game night. They have some great games to play – Check there twitter feed for more info (@Tilt_Brum).
  • More Tilt news – There Home Brew Club will be relaunched on Tuesday 14th June hosted by @NeilHemo5.
  • Brewdog Birmingham relaunch their own Home Brew Club on Monday 20th June with a Live brew day hosted by Josh Hughes check their Twitter feed for more info (@BrewDogBirm).
  • Hawkshead Brewery (@HawksheadBrewery) have chosen The Craven Arms and Cotteridge Wines as the Birmingham venue for the official launch of Key Lime Tau, a beer originally brewed in collaboration with @CrookedStave as part of 2015’s Rainbow 7 box– International Tau Day is on 28th June.


This Weeks Beer Adventures

  • 9th to 11th June – The Wolverhampton Beer Festival, Newhampton Arts Centre (@wolvescamra)
  • 10th June – Kerbside Kitchen at Fargo Village, Coventry
  • 10th June – Red House, Stourbridge, Opening
  • 11th June – Pig & Tail, Jewelley Quarter, Open  (@thepigandtail)
  • 11th June – 1000 Trades, Jewellery Quarter, Opening (@1000TradesJQl)
  • 10th to 12th June – Hilltop Farm Beer & Cider Festival, Leamington Spa (
  • 15th June – Life’s a Beach @BotanistBham as part of Beer Day Britain (@BeerDayBritain)
  • 16th to 18th June – Green Duck Summer Beer Festival, Badelynge Bar Stourbridge. (@greenduckbrew)

Check out Upcoming Events – Beer Adventures in the Midlands for future events.


What We Have Enjoyed Reading This Week

This week we have enjoyed reading an interesting blog, published in February, about the role of hype in the beer industry. by Theo Fitzharris.  Perhaps a topic for future a blog for the collective.

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