I went to meet David from The Froth Blowers Brewing Company, a family-run microbrewery based in Erdington, Birmingham. Luckily I caught him just before he jetted off to a friends brewery in Canada. The brewery has been going since 2013, David started it after his wife passed away;
“I was left footloose and fancy free in a big house, there was no point in keeping it, so I sold it and used some of the money to follow my dream. I’d been a beer buff since my mid 40s, finding an interest in unspoilt pubs and gradually getting into drinking modern ales like Exmoor Gold, Stout and Oakham Ales Pale Ale in the mid 80s.”
He set up the brewery with his two stepsons Neil who runs the sales side of things and Andrew who is the head brewer. Both left their jobs and after a four-day brewing course, Andrew started brewing on a 6 barrel kit. They sold their first batch in the October of that year.
“The biggest challenge was not knowing anything, not many people set up a brewery and start their own business at the age of 73. Other than that there’s just nightmares with EU and Governmental rules, so you have to make sure that you’re not fined or put in prison!”
They now employ Loúis Jenkins as brewer’s assistant and back in February they made the decision to expand to a 20 barrel plant in a new unit which was 3 times bigger so that they can brew a full range of beer including their first brew, Piffle Snonker (3.8%), which is still their best-selling ale!
Afterwards David was kind enough to show me his Froth Blowers museum, which was EPIC!
The Froth Blowers ales are all cask conditioned ale with plans to potentially start bottling soon and although the vast majority of it is sold locally you can even find it in some pubs in London. So keep an eye out!