I remember many years ago having a slight altercation at a pub quiz over the correct answer to “What is the Hulk’s real name? ” – I said Bruce Banner, the quizmaster said David, and I said you won’t like me when I’m angry…I think we still probably lost. The pub in question was part of the Hogshead in Foster Street, Stourbridge which I seem to recall used to be pretty good but over the years it changed a few times to become a fairly generic town bar. But in mid June it opened up as the Red House Boutique with, according to the Stourbridge News, the message that it is all about the beer.The owner is Paul Jones who owns Liquid Line wholesalers in Tipton along with 14 pubs in the Black Country. With the Red House he is aiming to capture a wide demographic with its range of cask and keg, a 55 bottle fridge and also 23 different types of gin, along with the usual premium spirits, for when you fancy something different to beer. With 8 cask lines there should be plenty of choice for everyone, 6 are permanent and local including Enville, Wye Valley, Hobsons and Fixed Wheel, and I for one am happy to see the latter on that list. The guest ales on the VIP night were from Abbeydale and Kelham Island. and it was good to see Scott P1000191Povey of Fixed Wheel and Reuben Crouch from Hobsons having a bit of a chinwag over a pint. The keg line up has a selection of European and American brews and featured Vedett and Poretti as well as a house lager and beers from Meantime, Backyard Brewery in Sweden and Flying Dog from Aspen Colorado. And the bottle list looks pretty impressive with many recognisable names, as you can see from these couple of photos.
We had a brief chat with Paul and he said the bar won’t be having music playing as he wants people to come for conversation, although we did spy a few TV monitors in the bar area. However it is a really big space with an outdoor area as well, they will be serving what they describe as “pub snacks with a gastro twist”, and I hope it will become a welcome addition for Stourbridge drinkers of all ages.