Grapevine was recently invited to the launch of Beer Central Festivals new beer brewed by Purity, Burning Soul, Twisted Barrel and Dig Brew brewers at Dig Brew’s own brewery in Digbeth.
We attended the initial brewing stage a few weeks back and watched as the hops and yeast, were carefully mixed into the huge vats with ingredients ready for fermentation.
The Dig Brew warehouse bar & pizza joint was buzzing with excitement as the new brew was poured from the taps into attendees glasses.
There were many movers and shakers from the regions drinks industry, from Head of Steam to The Plough, I Choose Birmingham, and various bloggers and beer enthusiasts, not to mention the brewers and guys from Beer Central obviously.
A good sign was the small sleeve glasses were quickly exchanged for full pint glasses as this new beer was pulled to a rousing speech from Beer Central’s Greg Wells and Dig Brew’s Oliver Webb.
After Greg had explained the reasons why they chose Dig Brew to host the new beer, he pointed out this was going to be rolled out to other bars and pubs after the Beer Central Festival, as a special release. Oli explained that the name behind the beer will change, from time to time and is themed around the brewers memories of growing up in the West Midlands – the present theme/logo is Renault after recollections of Clios boy racing around empty car parks. The logos are deliberately crude to further escape any large corporate feel to this local brew.
And to the tasting.. a cloudy pale beer, with a light easily drinkable taste. I felt it was refreshing and extremely moreish, with a couple of pints poured from the tap but tasted just as light and easy to drink from the cans. This is going to be a real star at Beer Central Festival and those who are yet to acquire tickets – I can assure you its worth it just to sample a few of these.
We were then treated to some deliciously rich pizza from Dig Brew’s pizza oven, which was greatly appreciated to help soak up the booze!
The tickets are great value when you think, as the entry fee includes as much beer as you wish to drink, obviously it’s worth taking caution and to pace yourself, which is why the special Beer Central/Dig Brew beer is really worth opting for, at around 4% ABV this is a real session drink.
For tickets to the festival and more information check the official website.. I’m personally looking forward to the DJ Yoda set and getting back on the Beer Central Brew. Might see you there!
Beer Central Festival is on 5th and 6th July 2019 at 119 Digbeth.
More info here: https://beercentralfestival.com
Review by Nick Byng for Grapevine Birmingham