by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
They do beer tours at Purity Brewing near Birmingham
I was sent a story earlier this year about Purity Brewing winning several awards for their great beers, I checked their address (at Upper Spernall Farm, Great Alne, B49) and I realised that it wasn’t very far for an afternoon out from Birmingham.
They do their tours twice a day on a Saturday once at 10.30am and again at 2pm. There are also private evening tours that you can enquire about taking a group to.
It’s not far at all from Studley which itself isn’t far from Redditch. Having first tried Purity’s great Longhorn IPA at Purcraft Bar in central Birmingham, I considered this to be more of an urban brand, so you can imagine I was a little bit surprised that this was a nestled within a farm. Had I check the address first I might have had a clue.
Our tour had been booked out by a family group who were kind enough to let Birmingham Award finalist Brummie Gourmand aka Ryan Parish and myself tag along. Mrs Brummie Gourmand, who likes to be called Wifey (I think Mrs Brummie Gourmand sounds much more respectable!) drove us down and then went off to explore Studley itself. (Thank you Mrs Brummie Gourmand).
The Purity Brewing onsite shop closes at 1pm most Saturdays, so when we were arrived for our tour it felt a little like we were being let in after hours. In a meeting room, we were treated to samples of their famous Beers. I chose the Lawless and I’m sure Brummie Gourmand chose Longhorn (which is the type of cows they have on site). We were also given a short history of how the business came to be.
Then we left the meeting room and went to look in the yard where the barrels are stored and cleaned by what looks like a jet wash. They’ve taken on barrel washers in the past that have moved on to being brewers onsite.
We go inside what looks like a small industrial unit to see where the hops are stored and then the grain is upstairs. I’d no idea how big the scale of this venture would be and it seemed to have out grown its first space into this larger space.
We then move on to see the huge vats where the beer is made. There’s 15 tonne silos on site!
Back in the main meeting room and there’s time to sample more beers. I tried a bunny hop! and Brummie Gourmand tried a Pure Gold. We spend some time chatting to John our tour guide and it was great learning all about this great local business.
Mrs Brummie Gourmand appeared from her afternoon tea in Studley to kindly collect us from Purity Brewing and we were on our way back to Birmingham.
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You can arrange yourself a tour visit via Purity Brewing’s website here: puritybrewing.com/brewery-tours
#BrumHour organised a visit to Purity Brewing and did not pay for the tour or the beer in exchange for a honestly held experience blog. This isn’t a sponsored post.