The next FoHB social will be held at The Royal Oak in Newton St. West Bromwich on Monday September 13th starting at 7.30pm (social & Quiz) In a change to the published list the October Social will be held at AJ’s brewery tap in Long Acre St Walsall, on Monday 11th October starting at 7.30pm. The meeting in November will also change due to the Green Dragon being closed – venue to be decided yet.
The social secretary is looking to book a trip in the near future.
Brewery News: The owners of Highgate Brewery (now calling themselves ‘Highgate Brewery Tap House’ ) submitted plans in July to open and expand the brewery tap to show films, play recorded music and live music, perform dance, and sell beers wines and spirits till 11pm. whilst also incorporating a microbrewery on site. Both FoHB and CAMRA showed cautious optimism as we have had plenty of occasions in the past when grand schemes have been mooted and then abandoned. The local residents organised a petition and immediately put forward strong objections to the council along the lines of “disturbance and traffic problems in a residential area, conservation area, blah blah blah! H.B. Tap now withdraw their application saying it “has the best interests of the community it serves at the heart of their business” and “having listened to the objections the board has decided to withdraw their application with immediate effect as they will no longer be able to run a viable business from the site”. Now watch them put in another plan for housing, and the council and residents will eat it up; conveniently forgetting that the Grade 2 listed brewery stood there before the houses were built, and well before the establishment of a conservation area.
AJ’s Brewery: Andy has had another successful open day on Saturday 28th and has said that the brewery tap is open every last Saturday of the month 12-
Beowulf Brewery: Brewing the usual suspects for the usual suspects. Bottles can be obtained on a call & collect system -
Backyard Brewery: The brewery’s shop: hours – 1200/1700 Mon-
Pubs renamed in racist row: Greene King is to change the names of 4 pubs amid concerns that their names could have racial connotations. Three are called The Black Boy and the fourth is the Blacks Head in Wirksworth. There are 70 odd other Black Boys across the land, many dating from Victorian times when children were used to sweep chimneys; and in mining areas, where everyone was black !
Greene King’s founder, Benjamin Greene, had several highly profitable plantations in the West Indies, so that’s all right then…your statue’s in the harbour.
Crisp flavoured beer: I’m not kidding; Northern Monk Brewery and Seabrook Crisps have joined forces to brew the World’s first crisp-