Beer in the Midlands is booming
The region has always had a reputation for a buzzy and vibrant micro-brewing scene, a reputation that still continues as new breweries emerge and long-established ones continue to thrive.
Adrian Tierney-Jones, author of 1001 Beers: You Must Try Before You Die, values the strength and growth of breweries in the Midlands region. Here’s what he has to say about this growing beer region in the UK...
“The first brewery that I ever visited was in the Midlands, the Highgate Brewery in Walsall, an old Victorian building that had been saved from closure. This was in 1997 and I recall being rather impressed by the grandness of the place. In the next couple of years, several other trips followed to the area, with visits to the Sarah Hughes Brewery and Holdens. I also visited various pubs, including the Waggon & Horses (how amazing it was to see a pub with so many beers), and the lop-sided looking Crooked House between Dudley and Telford.
Since then I have kept in touch with beer and brewing trends in all parts of the Midlands, whether Nottingham and its thriving craft scene, Birmingham and its excellent pubs or regular forays to places such as Burton or Bakewell (where Thornbridge is based). You could say that I like drinking beer in the Midlands. It seems like it has a genuine pub culture that has become allied to the vibrancy of craft, which means you can get a strong dark mild, a blueberry IPA, good German or Czech-style lagers and brooding stouts and porters. The area is awash with great beers and breweries and The Brewery Bible is your essential guide to them.
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