There are so many reasons we Brits love a pub. For some it’s the atmosphere, others the chance to catch up with old friends, while some just want to try the latest selection of craft beers and real ales on the menu. Seldom is it the small talk with the barman pouring our drinks that keeps us returning. Thankfully, Birmingham’s AutoBrew has done away with all that.
Situated in The Custard Factory, it is the UK’s first self-service bar and cafe. ‘What does that mean?’ We hear you ask. Essentially, it means using self-service machines to help yourself to craft beers, coffees and a selection of foods, including paninis, salads, wraps, baps and more.
How does AutoBrew work?
Step into AutoBrew and you’ll see a beer tap wall offering an assortment of ales, lagers, ciders and more. But first, head to the bar to collect a card that you can top-up with money. (Yes, there is still some staff on site.) Then you can return to the tap wall to pour a drink of your choosing. The self-service system doesn’t stop at the beers either – AutoBrew’s coffee machines work the same way too.
If you prefer, AutoBrew also has a fridge full of cold cans – often stocked up with beers from some of Birmingham’s best independent breweries, such as Attic Brew Co, GlassHouse Beer Co and Birmingham Brewing Company. While more recently, AutoBrew also expanded its self-service walls to include wine and spirits as well. Fancy a cocktail? Well you might have to talk to the bar staff… Scary, we know.
Only opening last year, AutoBrew has quickly become a must-visit when in Digbeth. Whether you’re there for the long haul and in the mood to sample a range of drinks over the course of the evening. Or you’re just after a quick takeaway beer or coffee. The self-service bar has you covered. (It’s also surrounded by some pretty eye-catching graffiti too.)
To learn more about AutoBrew head here.