I was lucky enough to get an invite to the opening night of Beer Central Festival in Digbeth, Birmingham this year. This was a new and enjoyable beer festival in the city set in an old warehouse, the venue was called 199 Digbeth and located on on Floodgate Street in the city.
The venue was interesting and had both indoor and outdoor areas, drinks were based indoors and street food vendors were located in the outdoor seating area. The outdoor are was pleasant and a welcome place to vape and enjoy drinks on this hot summer evening.
On arrival we were given 1/3 pint festival glasses to try unlimited drinks from the 100 plus available to try at this festival. We were faced with lots of breweries inside and proceeded to try a few different beers and ciders to start.
Beer Central Festival, 5/6th July Birmingham Advert
We Are Beer, the team behind the Bristol, London and Edinburgh craft beer festivals, have announced the final food offering for Beer Central Festival, which takes place across Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July. Brad Carter of Carters of Moseley will join the food line-up for the inaugural festival that will bring the best in beer, food and music to 119 Floodgate Street in Digbeth. Michelin starred chef, Brad Carter, will be on hand to provide food, along with street food legends Original Patty Men and Baked in Brick.
Beer Central Festival Food
Carters of Moseley’s Brad Carter completes the food offering for the Midlands first Beer Central Festival. Birmingham born chef Brad, who has appeared on television’s Saturday Kitchen, will be on hand to bring his inimitable style to the festival, demonstrating the culinary skills that earnt him a prestigious Michelin Star in 2016 at Carters of Moseley. On Friday and Saturday night, Brad will be grilling and smoking a variety of meat, seafood and other seasonal ingredients using two specially created grills. The ingredient-led menu has been carefully designed to pair perfectly with beers from two of his favourite breweries, The Kernel and Braybrooke.
Festival goers will enjoy the chance to experience Brad’s Michelin-starred food, whilst taking in the world-class music line-up and a huge 100+ selection of beer. The ‘all-in’ ticket means all beer is covered during the event, with attendees getting the chance to explore, taste and indulge in a vast selection of beers, from both local and international breweries.
The food line-up also includes award-winning burger purveyors Original Patty Men, who opened their restaurant in Digbeth in 2015 after starting on the street food scene, and Baked in Brick, the most celebrated street food pop-up in the UK.
Winner of ‘Best Street Food Trader’ at the British and European Street Food Awards, founder Lee DeSange’s career began with him selling his wood-fired pizzas and chicken tikka wraps at Digbeth’s street food mecca, Digbeth Dining Club, before opening his own bricks-and-mortar restaurant in the Custard Factory in 2018.
The music line-up will feature a DJ set by Kaiser Chiefs, the Brit Award-winning indie rock band (feat Peanut & Simon), DJ Yoda, the hip-hop turntablist, and one of London’s most legendary events – Hip Hop Karaoke. Renowned throughout the city and also many UK festivals, Hip Hop Karaoke invites revellers to indulge in singing some of their favourite hip hop tracks in front of a live audience. Ultimate Power also joins the line-up; dedicated to music’s ‘ultimate’ compositions, they run sell-out club nights in five cities across the UK where customers can enjoy hit after hit of the world’s greatest ballads.
Greg Wells, co-founder of We Are Beer, said: “We’re super excited to present a Michelin-starred chef as part of the food line-up for Beer Central. We’re super proud to host Brad and ‘Best Street Food Trader in Europe’ Lee DeSanges from Baked in Brick at the first Beer Central Festival. They along with street food kings Original Patty Men means we’ll be showcasing the breadth and best of what Birmingham’s food scene has to offer.”
Session Times / Music Line-up
Friday 5th July 18:00 – 23:00
Kaiser Chiefs DJ Set (feat Simon and Peanut)
Saturday 6th July
11:30 – 16:30
Hip Hop Karaoke
18:00 – 23:00
Hip Hop Karaoke
Beer & Other Drinks
The drinks line up will feature local breweries such as Neon Raptor, Glass House and Dig Brew Co, top UK breweries including Siren, Deya, Wild Beer and Thornbridge and International breweries including Dugges, Lervig and Stone & Wood.
Beer Central will be held on 5th and 6th July 2019, tickets are available via https://beercentralfestival.com/