Birmingham Beer Bash 2014aletalk
Thankfully, these days there are alternatives to those beer festivals in large sports halls, with warm cask beer served to you by a jolly chap in beard and sandals….
Think Craft Beer Rising in London & Glasgow, Independent Manchester Beer Convention, Leeds International Beer Festival and you are excited by interesting beers served by interesting people in interesting surroundings… Well you can certainly add The Birmingham Beer Bash to this growing list.
Based in The Bond Company, a unique group of Victorian buildings fronting onto the Grand Union Canal in Digbeth, this was the second year of The Birmingham Beer Bash and I think they can be pleased that they have gone some way to fulfilling their goal ‘to deliver the very best of the UK’s burgeoning craft beer scene and of its international counterpart, to eager beer fans in the Midlands [and beyond]‘
Four different bars provided a wide range of beers and ciders to indulge in – the decision to serve these in thirds is a good idea – that way it is easier to sample a wider range of your chosen poison before inebriation sets in. There was also the chance to sample the two collaboration brews the Beer Bash Team did with Compass Brewery in Oxford and Hardknott Brewery in Cumbria – squid ink in beer? – daft idea 🙂
Three of these bars; cask, cider and keg – together with a bottle bar, were based in The Gatehouse. The International bar being located across the courtyard in The Waterside – which also housed the token desk and access to the fringe and the evening beer & food matched fine dining events.
It’s good that brewers take the time to support these events, talking to them whilst drinking their beer always seems to lead to interesting conversations – i just need to be able to put names to faces a little better….
Appetites for sustenance other than in liquid form were nicely catered for too, with a selection of street food traders offering burgers, sausages, pizzas and/or waffles.
An excellent, well organised event and a great addition to the beer festival calendar – my one slight concern is that space may be at a premium if future years aren’t blessed with the glorious weather we enjoyed last weekend.