Fazers on Stun by Dig Brew Co
Dirty Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, 6.8%
Wild pineappleweed and elderflower collaborative beer made with Brad Carter. Complex, layered and very drinkable.
The live tasting of this beer was on 20th August 2020 #BeerBods
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Oliver Webb was studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London when he decided that it would be a good idea to build a Tiki bar in his studio for a bit of fun outside of lectures. His fellow students loved it. The police didn’t.
“It was shut down after 9 or so months when we were deemed to be in breach of licensing laws. They took it OK”, laughs Oli.
The standard tipple in your average Tiki bar is exotic, rum-based cocktails, but Oli also began to brew beers to serve at the venue and soon got the bug for decent beer. So much so that when he finished his degree and returned to his hometown of Birmingham, a brewery was the logical next step. Only this time he would follow the letter of the law in setting it up.
Oli teamed up with the famous Mad O'Rourke's Pie Factory from the Black Country to make the Digbeth site possible, converting a former clothes warehouse into an incredible brewery and taproom, complete with a lagering tank under the bar, serving up some of the best grub and grog in Brum. Well worth a visit if you’re in town. We asked Oli why the location in Digbeth, an up and coming part of Birmingham, was so important to him;
“Digbeth is a bit like Brooklyn and Shoreditch of old, and other generic ex-industrial areas within cities, in that property developers, are always talking about the potential of the area, but if you actually come here you will see and believe in it and the people working here and now. We have some of the best people in the world working all around us in fields from contemporary fine art to body shops and carpentry. I am sure you can get anything you could ever need making within Digbeth and the rest of the West Midlands and to a world-class standard as well. We want to be a part of that”.
Tonight’s BeerBods Plus, Fazers on Stun is Dig Brew’s take on a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, Oli introduces it for us;
“Inspiration for this beer came during a site visit to the hop farm growing a lot of the UK’s most promising experimental varieties. The hops used in this one are Ernest, Jester T45, Harlequin and yet to be named variety coded CF182. Whilst we were searching for hops we also found some wild pineappleweed (a pineapple flavoured relative to camomile) and elderflower growing on the farm, so we put that in the beer too. Complex and layered, it remains very drinkable. You don’t need to be an advanced Saison drinker to appreciate all of the funky, spicy, tropical and herbal notes that come through.”