Flat, warm and overpriced. Beer is rarely the highlight of any festival. That’s not the case at the Beer Central Festival in Birmingham where craft beer takes the main stage. The very best West Midlands breweries are coming together for a block party this September to celebrate all things hops. Returning for its third year, you’ll be able to sample local craft ales, while also enjoying great music and food as well. The best thing though? All beer is included in the price of the ticket.
A special festival beer has also been crafted in a collaboration between Dig Brew and North Brewing Co. as well. Described as an IPA brewed with “Kviek yeast, producing a lemony-citrus note cutting through tropical flavours”, it’s the taste of a perfect summer festival.
There will be over 40 breweries in attendance, with a mix of trailblazers and up-and-comers on the scene. Local Birmingham breweries will include Dig Brew, Attic Brew Co., GlassHouse Beer Co., Sommar Brewery and Green Duck Brewery. Those representing the wider Midlands area will include Purity Brewing, DEYA Brewing Company, Braybrooke Beer Co. and Twisted Barrel Brewery.
After drinking so much beer, however, the last thing you’ll want is to be filled up on IPAs and little else. Thankfully there is some mouth-watering food to line those stomachs. Andrew Sheridan, Andy Low N Slow and Green Box will serve up a special menu on fire pits, based around the spectacle of live fire cooking. There will also be DJ sets from Bam (Jungle Brothers), Sophie Lloyd and Dennis Bovell to keep energy-levels up.
Further UK Breweries will include Tiny Rebel, Vault City Brewing, Siren Brewery, Brixton Brewery, Turning Point Brewery, Hackney Brewery, Full Circle Brewery, Timothy Taylor’s Brewery, North Brewing Co., Brew York, Fierce Beer and SALT Beer Factory. While international breweries Amundsen Brewery, LERVIG Brewery and Alefarm Brewing, will also be in attendance.
Central Beer Festival is run by We Are Beer – the team behind the Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and London Craft Beer Festival – and will take place at the Tea Works and Typhoo Wharf on The Digbeth Estate, September 16 & 17. Tickets for the whole weekend are £135, but there are cheaper day tickets available too. For more information on what’s on offer and to purchase tickets click here.