Two Towers - Jewellery Porter (5% ABV)
Opened in 2010 in the Jewellery Quarter by Mark Arnott-Job and Trevor Harris, Two Towers is still the closest freestanding brewery to Birmingham city centre. Perhaps the pick of a range of cask and bottle conditioned beers is this punningly-named brew, a straightforward gently roasty porter with plenty of coffee and dark sugar character, some berry fruit and a gentle burr of bitterness from English hops. The two towers are Edgbaston water tower and Perrotts Folly, both visible from the house where the initial brews were developed, which might just have inspired local lad J R R Tolkien’s fantasy versions in his Lord of the Rings trilogy. The brewery offers a tap room, tours and beer sales.