2015 is proving to be a very exciting year for Birmingham’s food and drink scene. There’s a bunch of news that’s filling my inbox, so I’ve collected it up to share…
Birmingham Association of Bartenders turns 10
You might not have heard of the Birmingham Association of Bartenders, but chances are you’ve had a drink made by one of them. Set up by Julian Rose-Gibbs (of The Botanist) and Carl Hawkins (of KitchInn), they’re a group of bartenders “who give a ****” and have been meeting semi-regularly to improve their knowledge through tastings and talks by brand ambassadors. The group turned ten years old this month and as drinkers in the city we should raise a toast to those bartenders who’ve turned up to learn more about their craft. Congrats on Raising the Bar since 2005 guys – here’s to another ten!
Brugal Spiced rum competition
Congratulations to Jason Ballantyne of The Bureau on Colmore Row for winning first place at a Brugal Spiced rum competition, held at the Vaults earlier in the month.
From the man who brought us Ribs Nights and UK Burger Battle comes a series of events which promises to bring together some of the world’s finest bartenders, drinks brands and bars. The first event will take place at Bar Opus, with a limited number of tickets and the first brand to be announced shortly. Keep an eye out on the Twitter account @CocktailXChange for more details.
The Drinks Bus
Whilst they might’ve had their launch night in Leicester, the Drinks Bus is likely to be a regular sight in Brum so feels worth a mention. Another Ahmed Kage concept (seriously, does he ever stop), it’s a converted 1977 Bristol Bus, available for hire and will no doubt be rolling into the city soon. Check thedrinksbus.com for more details
Bar Opus introduces cocktail masterclasses
Bar Opus at One Snow Hill has introduced Saturday afternoon cocktail masterclasses. For £15 per person, participants will be trained to make two seasonal cocktails by Bar Opus’ expert bartenders and an info sheet with the specs and overview of products to recreate them at home. http://baropus.co.uk/private-hire/
Birmingham Cocktail Weekend
Info on this one is a little scarce, but what we do know is that it’ll take place between 10 – 12 July 2015. Venues taking part in the weekend are yet to be announced, but wristbands and guidebooks will be on sale to direct you towards participating bars. To hear more when it’s announced, sign up at http://www.birminghamcocktailweekend.co.uk/
And not forgetting cocktail consultants Shaker group’s Gas Street Social has opened, and early next month The Botanist finally flings open its doors…