When fellow blogger Dave invited me to join him to the press launch of one of Birmingham’s finest breweries I was intrigued .
I had, of course heard of Two Towers brewery but I had not visited the Gunmakers arms where the microbrewery is located at the back of their beer garden.
located at 93 Bath Street the Gunmakers arms is a very traditional old pub, and had it been located in Digbeth or the Jewellery Quarter it would be very hipster and possibly pretentious but as it is, just off the beaten track only 10 minutes walk from Snow Hill station the Gunmakers is a good old honest, down to earth pub that happens to have a talented team of brewers.
The brewery is just at the back of the beer garden, which in itself is a lovely little micro climate and was considerably warmer than the biting cold that met me when I walked to the Gunmakers.
With a capacity of 360 gallons a week and a host of tasty ales, my favorite was a brew called Brummie. All the ales have a Birmingham based name such as Boozy Floozy and Baskerville the brewery produces nine ales.
One of our hosts showed us around their tiny headquarters and explained the entire process. I was stunned to find the product can be a very drinkable ale in as little as 3 weeks. This is definitely somewhere I’d take a visitor to our city, the brewery does host tours to the public and of course the Gunmakers arms have the same ales on tap, so even if you visit in the evening you can still look into the brewery whilst warming your cockles with a fabulous local brew.
Joining Two Towers for the day was a lady called Afia and her mum Rukhsana and they helped soak up the beer and kept us very warm with their lovely homemade samosas . Made to Afias mums family recipe but available to order via the website info@Afias.Co.uk for you to cook at home I thoroughly taste tested the samosas, onion bargees and gluten free range of award winning tasty treats. Afia’s samosa shop was the perfect food choice for the day. I shall be ordering some of Afia’s turkey & cranberry samosas before Christmas, not least because they were one of the few I didn’t get to try and everything I did have was a delight. Afia’s homemade pickles are a tasty treat too.
Unfortunately Afia and her mum had not packed their correct pan and the pakora Rukhsana made was not considered “good enough” to offer to us hungry foodies. Fortunately for Afia and Rukhsana I’m marginally less fussy than most people and I scoffed the lot, it was amazing. So I highly recommend you visit the Gunmakers Arms, check out the brewery if you can but don’t worry if you miss the brewery you can try the finest of locally produced ales in the bar.
And if you really want to push the boat out I suggest you order some of Afia’s beautiful, traditional, handmade with love, family recipe samosas . It’s a winning combination . Light, crisp and never heavy or greasy Afia cooks up some fabulous tradition Pakistani treats.