Brewery to hold Midlands’ first dark beer festival

Birmingham’s Dig Brew Co brewery is to celebrate its export success and the launch of a new taproom by holding the Midlands’ first dark and sour beer festival – and tickets are available now.

The festival will be held at the brewery’s premises on River Street in Digbeth from February 25 to 27 under the theme of Say Doom and Die, with the taps on the Friday and Saturday turned over to 20 Imperial stouts, barley wines, dark lagers and IPAs, and sour beers.

The festival will conclude on the Sunday with Say Doom and Die: The Day After the Night Before, a brunch party with breakfast burritos and coffee served in association with Southside-based Quarter Horse Coffee.

An investment last year in two new 30HL brewing tanks and new canning and labelling equipment has enabled Dig Brew Co to boost its beer business across Europe and achieve most recently its first orders from Australia and Japan.

The brewery’s Ryujin Biru Session IPA with Yuzu juice and Citra was created in Birmingham specifically for the Japanese market as the result of a collaboration with US heavy metal band Trivium. Its standard Potion and OPTIMO pale ales have also been on tap at craft beer pubs across Tokyo.

Beer making expansion has also resulted in the building of a new taproom. Opening this Spring, Misery will display the quirky elements of science fiction and cartoon horror in the brewery’s branding.

The Say Doom and Die drinks offering will include ten Imperial stouts and two barley wines, of which a number are barrel-aged, along with a Dunkel dark lager, black IPA and three new California sours. A hoppy farmhouse Saison-style beer and two cask ales will also be among the beers – the full festival range of which will vary in strength from 4.5% to 12% ABV.

Dig Brew Co will also serve a range of pizzas freshly baked in its pizza kitchen.

Oliver Webb, owner of Dig Brew Co, said: “We are delighted to be able to honour and share our new and ageing beers from our vault at the Midlands’ first dark and sour beer festival. This is a terrific opportunity to try our entire festival drinks range and a tasty new pizza, as well as see the progress we have been making in turning our premises into a fantastic new entertainment experience.

“The enforced closure of our taproom because of the pandemic has focused our minds and efforts on expanding the brewery, giving us the added capacity to export our beers worldwide and help drive our ambition to become an internationally known and respected craft beer brand.”

Dig Brew Co was founded five years ago in its former industrial premises.