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Rock&Roll boast an ever-changing range of beers, constantly experimenting with new ideas, recipes, and ingredients. On offer were 3 beers, a Christmas ale called Bloody Holly, and American Pale called Brew Springsteen and a English Pale called Bramble On. This place really is a little hidden gem.

 

10 minutes walk away is Burning Soul located in the old Two Towers brewery. Burning Soul have been on the scene now for a couple of years. The guys there have come along way since starting in Rich's Nan's garage in 2014.

 

I had an excellent hazy 3% pale called Low Clarity followed up with their 6.9% Black IPA. They kindly walked us round their kit while we imbibed.

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Christmas Social in Birmingham Saturday 9 December 2017                                              By Sean, 27/12/17

 

Twelve members met up for our 2017 Christmas Social in Birmingham. Our planned itinerary took in a total of  nine venues of which, four were breweries.

 

We kicked off at midday at 1000 Trades on Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter. Opened in 2016, 1000 Trades is an independent neighbourhood bar and kitchen who have brought new life to a listed building. With a great range of craft beers, they also showcase artworks of local artists and have a regularly changing kitchen residency.

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OK, we only made 8 of the 9 planned veues, but all in all, a good day showcasing some of Birmingham's newest additions to the beer scene. Birmingham is definitely catching up with the rest of the UK.

 

Thanks to Nick & Andy for arranging the day and to all those who came along.

 

Happy Christmas.

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As the name suggests, Rock&Roll has a music theme with an album sleeve covered ceiling and other great music memorabillia throughout and classic albums playing all day.

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A short walk from 1000 Trades took us to Rock & Roll Brewhouse. Their ethos has been to brew beer as pure and natural as they can, choosing not to use any additives available to brewers nowadays making them a 100% vegan brewery, and will continue to remain so.

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A further 10 minutes walk took us to the Gunmaker's Arms and the Two Towers Brewery who were there at the start of the craft beer revival in Birmingham.

We then moved on to Birmingham's newest brewery. This was my second visit to DigBrewCo and I have been there again since.

 

In the 3 months they have been open, they have released well over 10 beers many of which are served unfiltered from tanks below the bar. I've had 8 or 9 of them and every single one is a winner from their 3.6% NZ Pale to their 6% Black IPA. On the day their 4.5% Helles lager went down very nicely alongside fresh pizza from their kitchen.

 

Their brewer has told me they have 10 new brews coming up in January and have now also got their beers into 3 city pubs.

 

The 20 minutes walk out of the centre of Birmingham to Digbeth is well worth it.

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Following DigBrewCo, we headed back into the centre for a few at Purecraft Bar & Kitchen and finally the Post Office Vaults where I had a Kelham Island Fairytale of New York, a 4.2% dark ale.

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