Scotland’s BrewDog was a major force in popularising US-influenced craft beer in the UK, and its bars can be relied upon for interesting beer served by keen and knowledgeable staff in funky contemporary surroundings. The Birmingham branch, opened late in 2012 just behind New Street station, is no exception.
Half of the 20 draught taps dispense BrewDog beers, including numerous specials and rarities. The rest is sourced from across the world in a wide range of styles (London’s Anspach & Hobday and San Diego’s Modern Times were on when I last looked), and there’s around 40 bottles and cans, with gourmet burgers and grazing plates for sustenance. Every surface seems to be covered in beer facts and references, even in the loos; there are regular tasting events and even a homebrew club. If only BD dropped its silly ‘no cask beer’ rule this would be even better.