Dig Brew Co – 43 River St, Birmingham, B5 5SA
The Dig Brew Co taproom is a real diamond in the rough, located on an industrial estate in Digbeth, a 15 minute walk from the city centre. Their menu listed more than 10 of their own beers on offer across keg and cask, covering a variety of styles including a red berry berliner weisse and an apricot and mango fruit smoothie sour. The venue is open Thursday (4pm-11pm) and Friday/Saturday (12pm-12am) and their on-site kitchen also serves pizza. Check Dig’s weekly listings in advance for times and special events, such as their series of original operas about the history of beer!
Kilder – 5 Shaw’s Passage, Birmingham, B5 5JG
Kilder can be found adjacent to the Original Patty Men restaurant under the railway arches of Digbeth Passage. A relatively new entrant to the Birmingham craft beer circuit, Kilder opened in Spring 2018 and has 15 beers on tap, one of the biggest selections in the city. The interior design disguises the reality of the bar having been built within a viaduct, with some furnishings that would be more commonly found in a trendy wine bar than an industrial estate unit. Kilder also serve bar snacks including their trademark sausage rolls and cheese toasties. All of the above is a delightfully mixed bag that gives the bar a distinct character within the local market.
Tilt – City Arcade, 2 Union St, Birmingham, B2 4TX
Tilt is a barcade dedicated to pinball, with an impressive twenty machines in total, across three floors. All of the machines are perfectly maintained, with a variety of franchises represented from The Twilight Zone to Game of Thrones. You’ll always find beer on tap from a selection of the most respected names in craft. These are often higher percentage, so expect to pay a little more. Tilt also serve speciality coffees and are open every morning from 10am.
Burning Soul – 51 Mott St, Birmingham, B19 3HE
The team behind Burning Soul were inspired to start brewing by some of the beers we now regard as classics such as Oakham’s Citra and Brewdog Punk IPA, back when they first emerged in the late 2000’s. Flash forward a decade and the brewery now has a thriving tap room (open Fridays 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays 1pm to 8pm) and many of it’s beers pouring throughout Birmingham’s pubs and bars, almost certainly inspiring the next generation of brewers. Highlights from Burning Soul include a Blueberry Maple Stout and their Triple IPA with mosaic, nelson and that old favourite hop, Citra. At their taproom sessions you’ll have the opportunity to sample their pilot brews and offer your feedback, before they go into full production.
The Wolf – 2-10 Constitution Hill, Birmingham B19 3LY
You may remember The Wolf as the pub that opened their doors in January 2017 straight into an unfortunate legal dispute with Brewdog who had recently trademarked the original ‘Lone Wolf’ name. With this behind them, The Wolf has established itself as a necessary stop on the Birmingham circuit, situated at 2-10 Constitution Hill as the city centre meets the Jewellery Quarter. You can view The Wolf’s current beers on tap as well as bottles and cans by visiting their website, the latter of which are 20% off every Thursday. The pub also serves as a clubhouse for the local chapter of the Mikkeller Running Club.