World Mental Health Day – Beer with Buddies

Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and the theme is Tea & Talk. People are being encouraged to get togther and talk mental health, share experiences and/or raise awareness with the hope of making it an easier topic to talk about. Mental Health is still not an easy […]


Brum Beer Profiles- The Paper Duck

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 […]


People in Glasshouses….Glasshouse Brewing Co

On Friday 8th September Josh Hughes pretty much completed the ‘circle of beer’ (apologies Lion King fans) when he hosted a tap takeover and meet the brewer for his own brewery, Glasshouse Brewing Co, where his beer journey started in Brewdog Birmingham. I managed to grab the newest brewer on […]


Spotlight on Punchline

Have you ever sat around with a group of friends in a pub and as the beers flowed discussed what it would be like to open your own brewery? Well for one such group it went further than a drunken discussion…We’ll come to the back story of Andy, James, Lisa, […]


New Balls Please! The Sportsman becomes The Hop Garden – Harborne

The Sportsman in Harborne is tucked away off the High Street next to the M&S car park. I have to admit I’ve driven past it many times without giving it a second glance but when I heard that Brendon Daly, owner/director of the Inn on the Green/Bottle Shed in Acocks […]


The Canal House Birmingham

When we received the opportunity to attend the press night for New World Trading’s newest Birmingham venue, The Canal House, we were intrigued, especially when we heard they had over ’60 ales on offer’. We have had a positive relationship with The Botanist (New World Trading Company’s other Birmingham based venue) […]


Not Long Now…Birmingham Beer Bazaar is almost here! 2

After all the delights and highlights of Birmingham Beer Week last month it’s time to look forward to the next event on the local beer calendar, the inaugural Beer Bazaar. Taking place from August 17th to 19th right in the city centre over 2 floors at the Studio in Cannon […]


Warwick Beer Festival 21st – 22nd July 2017

Warwick is renowned for its Castle and its proximity to tourist hotspot Stratford on Avon. Warwick is not renowned for many beery events. However, every July for the last few years, Warwick Racecourse has hosted a Beer Festival. This year’s event coincidentally coincided with the inaugural Birmingham Beer Week twenty […]


Goskino vs Burning Soul – 27th July

Ahead of Goskino playing at Burning Soul, this Thursday (27th), I dropped both the band and the brewery a few questions to find out how the gig had come about and what people could expect. I started out by asking Burning Soul how the gig came about: “We’re both really […]


Birmingham Brewery Tour – Review

Birmingham Brewery Tours (part of UK Brewery Tours) have been running since March this year and I was very happy when they invited me along to join them this month to see what it was all about*. The tour starts at 2pm at Rock and Roll Brewhouse in the Jewellery […]