Down at the Yeti cave, we’ve been checking out Birmingham’s craft beer scene to give you guys one EPIC craft beer trail in some of the hot spots to enjoy craft beer in Brum!
So what is the ultimate reward… BEER OF COURSE! But we thought that we’d make things a little bit more interesting and thanks to our kind friends at Bro-quet we are giving away three Beer Bro-quets. To enter all that you need to do is rock up at one of trail stops, take a beer selfie and hashtag #BeerYetiTrail. The winners will be drawn on October the 31st. (Standard T’s&C’s apply).
So put your beer-trekking boots on, get your growlers at the ready and don’t forget to hashtag #BeerYetiTrail, because we’re going on a beer hunt!
Here are the stop offs!
1. Cherry Red’s Cafe Bar (Kings Heath)
1 Local cask, 1 Guest UK keg (Usually Twisted Barrel, Fixed Wheel, Beavertown, Magic Rock).
9-11pm Mon-Sat, Sun 10-11pm, Fri & Sat late but you need to be in before 11.
16 York Road
We opened in 2010 on a shoestring and thanks to the support of the Kings Heath community we’re still going strong. Always supporting other small businesses and local brewers we’ve grown with the craft beer scene right from the beginning. Small but cosy, Kings Heath squeezes in 4 guest bottles as well as a local keg and cask.
Fletchers is across the road, York Road is frequently used to host events, festivals and even Digbeth Dining Club make an appearance from time-to-time.
2. Fletchers Bar and Eatery
13 Guns American IPA
Wainwrights Golden Ale
O’Haras Irish Pale Ale
Kingstone Press Wild Berry Cider
Serves 2 changing beers.
Mon-Thurs 5-11pm, Fri 5-1am, Sat 3-1am, Sun 3-11pm
7 York Road,
Fletchers Bar & Eatery is a relaxed, slightly offbeat venue that delivers as a great place to spend a few hours with friends chatting whilst enjoying fresh food created daily in our kitchen. Fletchers source products that are not always available on the high street. We aim to deliver products that are not main stream but deliver on taste and value. Fletchers is about warmth, hospitality and service, offering unique products chosen with care for quality and value.
Fletchers to the Dark Horse is only a short hop on the number 50 bus or a 15-20 min walk. There is also plenty of (additional) stop-offs on the way, if need be! Head towards Kings Heath High Street (Alcester Road), turn left and keep walking til you get to Moseley, easy)!
3. The Dark Horse
Firestone Walker Pale 31/ Easy Jack
Ubu – Purity
Citra – Oakham’s
Longhorn – Purity
Orchard Pig Reveller (Our Cider)
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
145 Alcester Rd,
We rotate 6 guest beers weekly, finding the best in up and coming British micro breweries like Crate, Magic Rock, Pig and Porter, Deya, Mad Hatter and so on… As well as rotating very established British craft beer breweries such as Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer co – although these two are established breweries they still brew exciting ‘out there’ beers. At the Dark Horse we obsess about interesting beer, evident by our tap range and our bottled and can range.
Next stop is too far for a walk, unless you’re ultra fit or have had a few! Get on the 50 towards Digbeth, get off before Birchall Street, then it’s about a 5 minute walk.
4. Spotlight & Mama Roux’s
Coast to Coast
Friday 17:30 – late
Lower Trinity Street,
Built under the unique Victorian railway arches of Digbeth, Spotlight & Mama Roux’s is a quirky two room venue like no other. With cherry red leather chesterfield sofas and sturdy steel furniture, Spotlight has cemented itself as the number one venue for after work, hosting its award winning Digbeth Dining Club every Friday.
Mama Roux’s embraces the essence of America’s South and is the exuberant second room of Spotlight. With its bespoke design, based from a love of New Orleans, Mama Roux’s hosts live music, unique decor, a voodoo bar and a warm and welcoming environment.
Spotlight & Mama Roux’s to Clink Beer is just a 2 min walk.
5. Clink Beer
We don’t have regular beers on tap. As we are independent we have a constantly rotating line up of whatever we fancy at the time. We have 8 taps in total which frequently feature beers from the following breweries: Mikkeller, Northern Monk, Beavertown, To Øl, Omnipollo, Dugges, Wiper and True, Buxton, De Molen, The Kernel, Magic Rock, Cloudwater, Siren Craft Brew, Brew By Numbers, Mad Hatter, Tiny Rebel and many more.
In addition to 8 taps, we have an constantly rotating and evolving selection of over 250 bottles and cans which you can either take away or drink in at no extra charge. We also have a speed chiller which does not upset the beer, so anything you want from the shelves can be cooled to you desired temperature in just a few minutes, ready to drink in.
Mon Closed, Tue-Fri 13.00-23.00, Sat 12.00-23.00, Sunday 14.00-Til we get bored!
Our opening times do fluctuate slightly on occasion, so If you are coming down on a Sunday or particularly late it is best to check our Twitter feed or call ahead.
6 Gibb Street,
The Custard Factory,
Picture courtesy of the Birmingham Mail provided to us by Clink.
The Mockingbird is less than a minute away from Clink. Make sure that you check out the rest of the Custard Factory, originally the home of Birds Custard. Now home to Birmingham’s City of Colours, renowned for being creative, full of funky shops, hangouts and colourful graffiti.
6. Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen
Founders All Day
Mon closed, Sun for special events, Tues to Sat 12pm to 11pm
The Custard Factory
The Mockingbird is in the centre of Birmingham’s creative quarter and the pulsating heartbeat of The Custard Factory. The Mockingbird contains a 100 seat cinema alongside its bar and restaurant space and has firmly established itself as a disruptive cinema experience with curated films, great food and of course beer!
To get to the centre of Birmingham, you just need to turn right out of the Custard Factory and it is a 10-15 minute walk.
We currently don’t have any regular beers on offer, our draft and bottles continuously change dependent on multiple factors such as seasonal and limited releases, freshness of beer available and planned events.
We believe in showcasing the best the UK Craft Beer Scene has to offer and also supporting upcoming new breweries. We also supplement this with European and American imports.
Craft Beer To Go
We now offer Craft Beer to Go. We have increased our bottle selection and dropped the pricing in line with that of a bottle shop. There is a small corkage fee for drinking in.
Mon-Thur 09:00–23:00, Fri-Sat 09:00–00:00, Sun 11:00–23:00
2 City Arcade
Corner of Union Passage and Warwick Passage
Tilt is a multi-functional space that explores and celebrates the concepts of Craft Beer, Specialty Coffee and Pinball.
8 Draft Beers
60+ Bottled Beers
2 Espressos 2 Filter Coffees
10 Loose Leaf Teas 5 Hot Chocolates
15 Pinball Machines
Wines, Spirits, Soft Drinks for non craft beer drinkers
Amazing Cake from Bake
Tilt to the Lord Clifton is a 20 min walk, but you can catch the 16 at Stop MS3 at the back of the Pavilions.
8. The Lord Clifden
Imperial (due to change)
Half & Half
UAB Own lager – West 4 (in association with West brewery)
Dortmunder Union Pills
Rothhammer Nazca IPA *New & exclusive*
Liefmans Fruit beer
Also a fantastic range of cider.
In the fridge we have over 40 bottles which we label as our ‘Around the World in 40 bottles’ incl; Brooklyn Ace, Brooklyn Lager, American Ale, Brooklyn East IPA, Backyard Brew, Snake Dog IPA, Birmingham Beer (Indian Brewing Co), Vedett, Timmerman, Westmalle, Morena, Samuel Adams, Crate Lager, Monteith’s and Anchor IPA.
3 changing taps on the bar & these guests are for ales and a handful of cider.
10am – Midnight 7 days a week
34 Great Hampton Street
Situated in the Jewellery Quarter, winner of ‘Best Entertainment Pub’ in the UK for 2015, The Lord Clifden is also highlighted in both the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015 and the Good Pub Guide & Observer Food Award runners up in 2012 / 2013 / 2014 & 2015 for Best Sunday Lunch, Best Cheap Eats, Best Place To Drink’.
12 screens for sport / Big beer garden / Dj’s of a weekend (incl international names) / Award winning food / Entertainment pub / All weather ping pong table / Table footy / Collection of Street Art on wall / All year BBQ / Sponsor own Sunday league football team – UAB FC / Sister pub is The Red Lion UAB / SpeedQuizzing every week.
The Lord Clifden to Purecraft Bar & Kitchen 7 min walk. Before you leave the Jewellery Quarter, make sure that you have a look around, it’s full of history and plenty of other great hangouts!
9. Purecraft Bar & Kitchen
21 beers on draught with 6 Purity beers that do not change.
15 change slightly over time, focusing on quality rather than rotation and trying something new every week.
Mon to Thurs 11am – 11pm, Fri & Sat 11am – Midnight and Sun 11am – 10pm
30 Waterloo St,
Purecraft is a partnership of standout crafted beer, fresh, real food and top engaged people and that’s about it really. Birmingham was the first Purecraft opening in March 2014 and has gone from strength to strength, winning the Great British Pub Awards National Award for Best Beer Pub in 2015. Our mission is to create new beer fans, either new to a particular beer or completely new to beer and we believe that matching great beer and food in an interesting atmosphere with top people is a pleasure to be shared and celebrated.
It’s a 10 minute from Purecraft Bar to the Canalside Cafe, check out the Library roof garden on the way, it’s got a cracking view!
10. Canalside Cafe
Freedom Organic Helles
Canalside Pale Ale
Davenports Original Bitter
Black Rat Scrumpy Cider
Wild Wood Cider
If you love beer and are looking for a good view, this is definitely the perfect spot!
Just a nice 5 min walk to Gas Street Social along the canal!
11. Gas Street Social
Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner
Sharp’s Wolf Rock IPA
Blue Moon Wheat Beer
Stowford Press Dry Cider
Mon to Thurs 12pm – 11pm, Fri 12pm – 12am, Sat 10am – 12am, Sun 10am – 10.30pm
166-168 Wharfside St,
Offering informal dining in a stylish, industrial setting, Gas Street Social bar & kitchen is the Mailbox’s only independent eatery.
GSS specialises in modern British cuisine with a contemporary twist, alongside an inspired range of expertly made cocktails and a wide selection of international craft beers and fine wines.
Dining and imbibing at GSS is a relaxed, informal affair where friendly staff are happy to advise on the wide drinks selection and group dining is encouraged with the option of small plates to share.
Overlooking the historic Gas Street Basin canal network, the outdoor terrace provides a great spot for relaxing with a pint and watching the world go by.
A 5 min walk through the Mailbox, some nice shops but slightly pricey!
12. Cherry Red’s Cafe Bar (City Centre)
Maule Brewing Co Pilsner
Twisted Barrel Stout
3 Cask, 3 Guest Keg
Mon – Thurs 8.30am – 11pm, Fri 8.30am – 1am, Sat 10am – 1am, Sun 10am – 11pm
92 John Bright St,
It took us a while to convince the landlord of our beautiful city centre location that what we do would work at John Bright St. It was worth it, as now the area is a nice destination for beer lovers. With Twisted Barrel and Fixed wheel amongst our permanently stocked range, we’re always passionate about supporting local businesses. We also include a range of continental and American favourites.
A 5 min walk to Stop SF2 outside the Alexandra Theatre. Hop on the 22, 23, 24 or 29 towards Worlds End. It’s about a 15 min ride and you get off adjacent to The Green Man.
13. The Plough
Wye Valley Butty Bach
Purity Mad Goose
3 ranging from; Fixed Wheel Brewery, Backyard Brewhouse, Tiny Rebel, Slaters, The Bristol Beer Factory, Manchester Brewing Co., Roosters Brewery, Purple Moose Brewery
Mon-Wed: 8am-11pm, Thu-Fri: 8am-12am, Sat: 9am-12am, Sun: 9am-10:30pm
21 High St,
The Plough in Harborne specialises in cask beers, craft spirits and their wine list takes in classics from the New and Old world.
Established in 2003 The Plough has undergone extensive renovation since its launch boasting a quirky and eclectic interior and an ‘outdoor lounge’ that is airy, light and unrestricted by season. Last year saw the addition of ‘Next Door at The Plough, two new private dining and meeting rooms which also function as fully-equipped meeting rooms, or a private space which can be shaped around pretty much any experience.
No stranger to accolades The Plough has been recognised for its cask ale by CAMRA, coffee, Sunday lunch and interior – named by the Independent as ‘best coffee shop’, celebrated by The Times for the best Sunday Lunch and al fresco dining in the region and awarded the ‘Best Restaurant / Bar Design’ at the Northern Design Awards.
Boston Tea Party is just a stones through away from the Plough (a couple of mins walk).
14. Boston Tea Party (Harborne)
Meantime Yakima Red
Purity Longhorn IPA
Bristol Beer Factory Independence
7 at the moment:
Hoxton Cidersmiths – Michelin & Brown’s Dry Cider 4.5%
Hoxton Cidersmiths – Harry Masters’ Jersey Medium Cider 4.5%
Wiper & True – Amber Ale
Bristol Beer Factory – Southville Hop 6.5%
Birmingham Lager – 4.5%
Meantime – Pale Ale 4.4%
Meantime – London Lager 4.5%
Mon-Sat: 8am – 9pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm
106 High St,
We are a family owned café making feel-good food from scratch on-site every day. Ethically sourced & great value – we serve everything from the moment we open to the minute we close, to eat in or takeaway. Whether it’s an early (or late) breakfast, quick lunch or an afternoon caffeine & cake fix, we have it covered. We’ve a great selection of regularly changing craft beers, wines and cider, so why not join us?
Is it home time? Not until you’ve picked up some more beer! Quick ride on the 11C to Stirchley Wines & Spirits! Get on at the Stop adj to York Street.
15. Stirchley Wines & Spirits
Serving interesting beers to the folk of Birmingham since the late 80’s, offering over 1000 bottled beers from every corner of the globe from local brews to Belgian Trappist beers and everything in between, continuously pushing the liquid envelope by offering something interesting! We also offer a choice of 4 constantly changing draught kegged beers to take home, using a state-of-the-art growler filler that uses a Co2 counter pressure system which allows the beer to keep fresh for around 4 weeks! Beers are offered in two sizes of glass growler, 750ml and 1890ml.
Mon-Thurs 12pm – 10pm, Fri 12pm – 11pm, Sat 12pm – 11pm, Sun 6pm – 10pm
1535-1537 Pershore Rd,
Stirchley Wines & Spirits was established in 1979 and remains a family-owned off-licence based in Stirchley, Birmingham, run by the father and son team, Amrik and Krishan Rajput. We are always striving for something different, enriching lives with a wide and varied selection, from imported and craft beer, to fine wines and an unmatched selection of spirits. We have built up a highly regarded and reputable business, which is very much part of the local community. Amassing a worldwide, and world class selection of drinks has been no easy task but we’re always looking to offer a little something more.
So there you have it, our ultimate craft beer trail! Don’t forget to take a beer selfie and hashtag #BeerYetiTrail and you could be winning more craft beer!