A new independent beer festival is coming to Birmingham this summer, celebrating the Midlands’ brewing scene.
The inaugural Lock & Key Midlands Beer Convention will be held at The Bond Company in Digbeth, Birmingham from Friday July 20 to Sunday July 22.
Tickets are available now.
Lock & Key: Midlands Beer Con is being organised by people who support the growing beer scene and run beer-loving businesses across Birmingham and beyond.
The team includes Birmingham bars Cherry Reds and The Wolf, and the Midlands Beer Blog, with support from a number of other Midlands businesses.
The festival will focus on local breweries, but also national favourites, hosting their own bars and running talks and free tastings.
Local breweries confirmed so far include Burning Soul Brewing Company, Birmingham Brewing Co, DE14, Black Iris, Green Duck Beer Co, Neon Raptor, Twisted Barrel Ale, Fixed Wheel Brewery and GlassHouse Beer Co.
Pop-up bars from Midlands businesses, such as The Wolf and The Pint Shop, will bring beers from other popular breweries, some of which will be attending a session to do Meet the Brewer events.
Lock & Key will also showcase great street food from local vendors including Original Patty Men and Warehouse café, as well as local crafts, chocolates, ice cream and games.
Jen Nadin, from Cherry Reds, said “Birmingham has a fast growing number of breweries and craft beer bars being eagerly received by our diverse, beer loving, community.
“We’re here to celebrate everything that’s great about beer and give you a splendid day out.
“You can expect keg, cask, bottles, cans, street food, free pop-up tastings, barges, market stalls, brewers, discussion groups, and hopefully sunshine, all in a beautiful canal-side setting.”
Sallie McFadyen, from The Wolf, said “If you’re a local brewer and would like us to find you a spot, send an email to Lock & Key at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Sessions will take place on Friday and Saturday at 11am to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 4:.30pm.
The Sunday session will be a family fun day, with parents of under 18’s able to register for free child tickets on Eventbrite.
Bob Maxfield, of Midlands Beer Blog said “Sunday is our family day – kids come free and we’ll have games and plenty to distract them while you enjoy a few beers!”
How to book
To purchase tickets, or for further information, including how to volunteer or request Friday daytime trade tickets, you can visit www.lockandkeybeercon.co.uk