The Flapper Set to Reopen

When news that the iconic pub and music venue The Flapper was due to be demolished to make way for housing there was a pouring of outrage across Brum. The Flapper had been such a big part of peoples lives that the loss of it was felt personally by many, but now the news has…

Peak of the Week: Attic Brew – Shore NZ NEIPA

So, slightly later than usual as we’re playing around with a new platform and moving the beer reviews onto YouTube. We’ll be looking at producing other content for our YouTube channel too so make sure you’re subscribed by clicking the link to our page here. Anyway to the beer then. I picked this one up…

Supermarket Craft Beer

So, as my journey in the world of craft beer has evolved I’ve moved into the more niche craft beers, the stuff that probably is genuine craft. The likes of Brewdog is where life started for me but I would genuinely question (And indeed have genuinely questioned in the past) it being considered “craft” nowadays…

Peak of the Week: Beer52 – Yorkshire Pack

I thought I’d bulk review this months Beer52 Pack again, I think mostly because I was left very impressed with it, the pack contains an assortment of Yorkshire Breweries from Northern Monk, Atom, Kirkstall Brewery and Bad Co to name just a few. I mentioned the other week I’d switched to the Light Pack and…

Peak of the Week: Vocation – Tr-hop-ical

It’s that time again (And this week we’ve remembered on the right day too) and this week we’re reviewing another beer from Vocation. Vocation is quite a standard beer, they’re a safe and enjoyable option, they produce very good beer and look to exploit the flavours of the hops they use to produce a tropical…

Peak of the Week: Dig Brew Co – Half Electra C4 Pack

Well, I completely got thrown by the Bank Holiday and ended up forgetting yesterday was Peak of the Week time. And after I’d spent so much time enjoying taste testing this weeks multi-pack review too. In fact that’s the reason I’ve not just left it for next week and so this week we’re reviewing Dig…

Five Questions For… Red Moon/Ivy’s Cafe & Ale Room

As we come to the beginning of (almost) normality I thought I’d catch up with a few pubs, clubs and bars asking them five questions from how the pandemic has impacted them to what we can look forward to post-pandemic. I wanted to shine the light on them as to keep these essential community hubs…

Brew Diaries: Disaster Strikes

So, I’m sure you’re wondering how my Mangrove Jack Pale Ale Kit went and sadly I’m here to say it did not go well at all. In fact I’ve poured it away which I’m a bit wounded about if I’m honest. I did play around with this one so I knew there was a risk…

Peak of the Week: Beer 52 Box

So for this Peak of the Week I thought rather than just review one beer from the Beer52 Box at a time I’d review them all, including the box theme itself. This month it’s a celebrations of the robustness of UK Breweries as many have been forced to move their sales online and close their…

Peak of the Week: Sadlers Brewery – Peaky Blinder Lager

Almost forgot it was Wednesday then, and not because I’ve been enjoying copious amounts of alcohol to get through this *Fingers Crossed* final Lockdown. So of course it’s time for Peak of the Week, and this time it’s one the Mrs picked up for us. I must admit I’ve been a bit put off with…

Birmingham Brewing Co Announce Talus Single Hopped Beer

Single Brummie lands at 8pm today and is a continuation of Birmingham Brewing Co single hopped range that has proved spectacularly popular so far. Talus is a highly sought after, relatively new hop from America and it’s the first time I’ve actually seen it used, although this will change over the coming months. It’s supposedly…

Attic Brew Co. ‘Attic XXXX’ Collection

Brum is filled with fantastic breweries and Stirchley is definitely king of Brum beer (Well currently anyway, and no doubt for a long time) so when Attic Brew announce a new range, if you’re like me you can’t help but get excited. Announcing over on their Instagram their Attic XXXX or Classics there’s two beers…

Brew Diaries: It’s Been A Busy Few Weeks!

I was going to keep this focused mostly on the Mr Beer Kit that I finished off the other day but I’ve done more than that recently, plus I shared one of my other Home Brews on the socials so better cover a few of them off is what I’m thinking. The Mr Beer Kit…

Charlie And The Brewdog Factory?

Brewdog have seemingly taken inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with their latest competition which has seen them release 10 gold cans worth £15k hidden in packs of 24 Punk. Interested yet? Well if you need a bit more motivation to get a pack the gold can isn’t the only thing on offer. Those…

Peak of the Week: Tiny Rebel – Kiss Kiss (NEIPA)

This week’s Peak of the Week is definitely one of my favourite breweries. Tiny Rebel are a Welsh brewery that make some fantastic beers including one of my long standing favourites, Clwb Tropicana. This week it’s their NEIPA known as Kiss Kiss and coming in at 4.5%. NEIPA has definitely asserted itself as a go…

A History of Craft Beer

Since I made the switch from the bog standard boring lagers that take centre stage in most pubs and supermarket shelves I always get the question “What is ‘craft’ beer?” Usually followed by some ale generalisation about it being for old men. I’m no expert on the subject but at the heart of Craft is…

Peak of the Week: Uiltje – Trackdown Juicy IPA

This week’s Peak of the Week is one from a Beer52 box with the beer itself coming all the way from Haarlem in the Netherlands. Uiltje brewery started in 2015 and has a large selection of beers on their websites. Uiltje is part of a growing craft beer movement in the Netherlands, which is traditionally…

Peak of the Week: Fourpure Brewing Company – Subtropic Juicy Pale

This week’s Peak of the Week comes from one of our favourites, Fourpure. In fact my favourite ever beer, Fersa, is a collaboration including Fourpure with another firm favourite Thornbridge although it’s no longer available. It’s one of those breweries where you know you can pick them up quite readily and also know that it’s…

Indepubdence Day

Pubs will be able to open again this weekend, but they will look a whole lot different to how they looked before, it won’t be the mad joyous piss up I think many people are envisaging and many pubs have also made the decision not to re-open just yet in the interest of keeping customers…

Peak of the Week: Buxton Brewery – Shelterstone IPA

This week’s Peak of the Week comes from Buxton Brewery and is their Shelterstone IPA. It’s another from the Beer52 pack (I keep meaning to cancel it but as you have to phone up I guess I’ll keep paying!). Buxton Brewery began life in a garage way back in 2009 and going fully commercial 12…

Pubs to Reopen on 4th July

So it came, the news we’ve all been waiting for, the return of the Pub! It’s unprecedented times, I’m sure pubs weren’t even ordered to shut during the war so it’s a first for the industry and the industry has suffered as a result. The news was met with joyous scenes in gardens across the…

Peak of the Week: Dogma Brewery – Hoptopod IPA

This week we’re drinking from the Beer52 Pack and in particular this fantastic IPA from Dogma Brewery. A Serbian Brewery based in Belgrade and have a passion for producing hoppy beers that can be consumed with friends and have been producing fantastic beer since 2015. It’s one of those beers where you’re enticed from the…

Peak of the Week: Birmingham Brewing Co – Confused Brummie

This week we’re returning to a strong Birmingham brewery, and this time I think we’ve found their standout beer! Confused Brummie was a beer I’d been looking forward to a couple of times having seen it on the site, unfortunately it wasn’t in stock before so of course once I saw it was online I…

Brew Diaries: The Tasting

So after a couple of weeks being paranoid that I’d end up messing the beer up I’m happy to announce I’ve produced a beer that isn’t too bad. I’ve still got a couple interesting notes on it though. Initially my brother had told me to put the bottles into the fridge for the last 2…

Punk Spirit is Back

Brewdog are well known for their shenanigans and guess what? They’re d-d-d-d-doing it again! We’ve all seen the media scorn on Dominic Cummings and his escapades at the weekend. It’s all a bit hypocritical from a media industry that makes vultures look calm, organised and prepared. That doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there who…

Peak of the Week: Salt – IKAT DDH DIPA

Swiftly establishing itself as one of the Lockthelocks Beer Club’s favourite drinks IKAT has gone down a storm and rightly so. Craft to the core Salt began life looking to produce some craft lagers for others to enjoy but swiftly evolved beyond this instead producing a fine array of different craft beers as well as…

Peak of the Week: Tiny Rebel – Cwtch (Welsh Red Ale)

It’s another one from Tiny Rebel for this week’s Peak of the Week. I’ve been catching up with a few over the last couple of weeks and really finding which of their beers I prefer. I think I’ll even do a comparsion review of each Tiny Rebel beer I’ve tried, ultimately crowning a winner, but…

Brew Diaries: Week Three

Another week goes by and slowly but surely I can sense the beer as it becomes ready, it’s not long now I know that! This was probably the biggest week in terms of brewing activity. Overall there’s not a great deal to do while you’re brewing beer it seems so for a novice like me…

Inn on the Green Launches Ale Delivery

As some form of a “plan” is unveiled as to how business will return to action, the pub is one industry that has found itself put to the back of the queue. It’s an issue that will cause businesses to collapse within the industry as change beyond recognition will no doubt hit our everyday lives.…

Brew Diaries: Week Two

We’re into the second week of the Brew and there’s relatively little to update, I guess this is the way it goes though. I added the hops on day four, this time getting a picture of the fermenting liquid. The Mrs is telling me that I’m looking after the beer better than the kids, checking…

Brew Diaries: Week One

So, I’d been interested in brewing some beer for quite a while but never really had the spare money to invest in getting the set up. I also didn’t really know anyone who’d done it before until my brother got a set as a gift last year and brewed his first batch, so when he…

The Issue of a Three Pint Limit

I thought I’d already waded into this one but turns out I hadn’t, we knew there would be restrictions and we know these restrictions then need to be enforced which is likely to be the most difficult part. A three pint limit seems like a good idea on the face of it but it will,…

Peak of the Week: Fallen Brewing – New World Odyssey

It’s time for Peak of the Week again and this week we’re going to review the second beer from the Beer52 box. We’ve got a hand crafted Blonde beer for this week’s review from Fallen Brewing. Fallen Brewing are based in Scotland at the site of a former train station in Stirlingshire. Fallen Brewing also…

When Will The Pubs Reopen?

There’s rumours everywhere at the minute that certain businesses will be able to begin opening again soon (I mean, walk around by me and many of them have already started to reopen) but the most important one seems to be the last one that will return. The traffic light return proposal would leave pubs until…

Good Beer Down The Drain

Coronavirus has significantly changed the way we live and since the pubs have been shut, which came into effect on 21st March, a lot of beer has been sitting around slowly marching towards its use by date. This issue will effect nearly every pub. I say nearly because a few have begun to re-open for…

Peak of the Week: Gipsy Hill – Hepcat Session IPA

I’d eyed up the Beer52 deal a couple of times but I never signed up. Once I’d seen Joe’s post the other day though I thought it would be worth a blast and ordered one in myself. It landed this morning (Which is why today’s Peak of the Week is a little later than usual)…

Will The Season Now Be Abandoned?

As the Covid19 measures continue to affect businesses of all description all over the world many sports fans have kept an eye on what will be happening with their respective competitions, football is no different. Originally there were plans for the league to resume this month which seemed ambitious at the time and even more…

Lockdown Beer Delivery! Beer52.com

So I’ve been twiddling my thumbs so much the past few weeks, my creative outlets of writing and cutting hair have been taken away so I’ve literally sat playing Xbox and drinking beer and had no muse for a while. I’d been thinking about writing something but didn’t get the urge to review a bottle…

Peak of the Week: Brewdog – Clockwork Tangerine

It’s a second Brewdog beer in a week but with the beers now ordered in I’ll be able to mix it up a bit, not that Brewdog isn’t a decent beer it is very much a market leader which is why I’m able to get Brewdog by me (where no other craft beer is really…

A Life Without Pubs

We’re well into our second week of no pubs and to be honest it’s only just starting to bother me (Don’t shoot, I fully appreciate the why of it all). I must admit it’s not until day 9 that I’ve really felt the urge to go and sit in the welcoming environment that is a…

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going

Blues suffered their first defeat in twelve games in all competitions this week against Premier League Leicester but our League form is still unbeaten as we head into the weekend to face Reading at St Andrews. Long standing readers will know that I don’t think we’ll make play-offs now, also now we’ve been knocked out…

Blues Denied Victory as Goal Disallowed

Blues faced Millwall last night and whilst the performance wasn’t amazing it has seen us extend our unbeaten run making it our best run for 8 years, and there’s still surely more to come. I can’t quite understand how the referee disallowed Pedersen’s goal, whilst I appreciate there was a bit of pushing from Dean…

Peak of the Week: Freak Aleworks – Phantom Pale Ale

I was going to continue the theme of IPA’s as that’s this Months Beer Club focus however I’m going to review the beers I’ve selected after we meet up so, not diverting too much off the theme, we’ve gone for this Pale Ale instead. I was surprised to learn there’s a decent selection of their…

Peak Of The Weak – First World Problems

I started off on a surprisingly unhungover Sunday with the idea to treat myself to a couple of craft cans in the evening when I was cooking. So off I headed to Sainsbury’s, carrier bag in hand that I was forced to take, and Into the craft isle I went. I opted for First world…

The World Famous Bearded Brummies!

I’ve been a member of the Bearded Brummies since before it was a thatch on the British Beard Club but I’d not attended a meet properly. This weekend the meet kicked off in the early afternoon so I was afforded the opportunity to attend! Ricky O’Neill is the President of the Bearded Brummies and regularly…

Brewery of the Month – Two Towers Brewery

So, having failed miserably with last months Brewery of the Month, I thought it would be a good learning curve to make sure I’d actually planned a bit more thoroughly. I’ll be revisiting Dig Brew in the coming weeks, I won’t be defeated on this, but for this month I thought I’d use the gift…

BrewDog Switch Their Branding and Some People Aren’t Happy!

Gone are the days of the anarchist beer company’s punk ethos, last week they unveiled a far more corporate, confirmative kind of branding as they changed their branding and direction of the business in general. Brewdog has easily been the UK’s face of the thriving Craft Scene, they launched their beers in 2007, tackling the…

Brum’s Beer Scene in 2020

Birmingham has a rapidly growing craft scene, there’s something for everyone, so I thought I’d write a piece on the Beer Events taking place this year. Taps Beer Festival Returning for a third year, this time at a new location, Taps Beer Festival is a staple part of Birmingham’s Beer Calendar. This year the festival…

Pub Growth for the First Time in a Decade

After years of decline it seems the pub industry may be at a turning point as the total numbers of pubs grew in 2019, although it’s worth noting not all parties recording the data agree. I’m going with the optimism and hoping we’re seeing a net growth in the pub industry for the first time…

Brewery of the Month – Dig Brew Co.

This year we’re introducing a new feature to the Lockthelocks monthly regulars this feature is going to be called Brewery of the Month and for our first Brewery we have decided to go with Dig Brew.  Located in the heart of Digbeth, Dig Brew is an independent Brewery and Tap House that also serves pizza…

Peak of the Week – Wildcard Brewery DDH IPA

For this week’s Peak of the Week it’s the last of the Christmas beers before we start to focus on our Brewery of the Month’s Beers. We’ve reviewed their King of Hearts which is their Pale Ale but the DDH is exclusively brewed for Tesco. Founded in 2012 at the Ravenswood Industrial Estate Walthamstow, Wildcard…

Lockthelocks Beer of the Year 2019

At the start of the month I provided my Shortlist for Beer of the Year which included; Brewdog – Quake Quench St Austell – Tribute Cornish Pale Ale Beavertown Brewery – Bloody ‘Ell Birmingham Brewing Co. – Bitter Brummie And I think it really is a formidable list of contenders. Now I did offer out…

Beer of the Year: Shortlist

As it’s nearly the end of the year I thought I’d crown this year’s Lockthelocks Beer Choice, the pick of our favourite beer of all the ones that have been reviewed this year. Looking through the list of posts from the past year it looks as though we’ve reviewed 37 beers which is fantastic, of…

Brewdog Release Festive Specials

Brewdog are one of the most recognisable brands in the craft beer scene (Although I’m sure I’ve spoken before about them no longer technically being classed as “craft”) and once again they’re getting us in the Christmas spirit. There’s three stand out beers on the list, two are certainly festively inspired and aptly named; Mistletoe…

Beer of the World Challenge… Again!

With the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special just round the corner I thought I’d reignite one of my failed ventures, The Beer of the World Challenge. The World Beer Challenge was something I conceived in the early days of Lockthelocks and I’d hoped to get it completed in at least a year. Life gets in…

Peak of the Week: Bad Co – Denver Milk Stout

It’s another Bad Co beer for this week’s Peak of the Week after being a bit unimpressed with the last one. I’ve heard a few good things about Bad Co Beer and felt perhaps the beer I tried wasn’t the right one for my taste appreciation, this time I opted for the Denver Milk Stout…

Strongbow Dark Fruits Launch Streetwear Line

How many times have you sat in the pub and thought “I wish I had some clothing to show off my favourite tipple!”? Well want no more if you’re a Strongbow Dark Fruits fan as they’ve launched their own streetwear range! It’s mad because not only have they released a range but there were people…

Peak of the Week: Bad Co. DIPA

It’s that time again and this week’s Peak of the Week comes from Bad Co. brewed exclusively for Asda their DIPA. Having really enjoyed the DIPA from BrewDog I had high expectations for this beer and couldn’t wait to try it. Based in North Yorkshire Bad Co. brew craft beers using the American approach to…

Adidas Munchen MIG Oktoberfest

I was going to do a Trainers of the Month piece as I realise it’s been a while but as I was searching for the trainers to write about I came across the Oktoberfest Munchen’s and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write a beer x trainers post! The trainers themselves are of course Adidas…

Peak of the Week: Camden Town Brewery – Hols Lager

This week’s Peak of the Week comes from Camden Town Brewery. I’ve had their Hells lager previously so given my new found love of fruity beers I thought I’d give their Hols a try too. I was going to grab three lagers and review them against each other (I’ll do that another time) but I…

Peak of the Week: Vedett Blond Beer

A few weeks ago my pal Field mentioned he’d tried a proper nice beer called Vedett and as I’d seen it in the shop I said I’d pick it up and give it a go. I picked one up and walking home snapped a shot of the bottle only to find out I’d picked up…

The Old Crowns 12 Weeks of Summer

The Old Crown have announced a return of their 12 Weeks of Summer and we’re already gassed! The event kicks off tonight starting with Tom Mason and covers live performances, DJ’s, Pre-Parties and themed quizzes before finishing off with a 651st Birthday Party for the oldest pub in Birmingham so there’s something for everyone at…