Birmingham’s only vegan pub and brewery has been named one of the best bars in the city

Read Time:   |  2nd October 2017

A brewery in Birmingham is making its own vegan beer and it’s going down a treat with the locals.

Rock and Roll vegan pub (Image: Birmingham Mail)

A brewery in Birmingham is making its own vegan beer and it’s going down a treat with the locals, and it’s just been named in the top 25 pubs in Birmingham in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2018.

Lynn Crossland and business partner Mark Shepherd started brewing their own beer on the roof of the real ale pub but soon found they couldn’t cope with demand and needed bigger premises.

So they decided to open their own brewery taphouse, Rock&Roll Brewhouse, with a bar for people to enjoy vegan friendly beer, in Regent Place in the Jewellery Quarter.

What makes their beer different is the fact it is all free from isinglass, a fish component that’s used in many beers and wines to give them clarity. They also don’t make milk stouts or honey beers. People can buy their beers by the gallon or bottle to enjoy at home.

“Isinglass is used in most beers to make it look clear but we take a bit longer to make our beer and that time makes the beer clearer on its own without having to add anything,” explains Lynn. “Our beer also doesn’t have to travel far.”

She added: “A lot of breweries are trying this now but when we first started it was really hard to tell people it’s not some weird vegan beer. Some people thought we added to the beer to make it vegan but actually it’s got less in it than normal beer so it’s more pure.

“Neither of us are vegan but it was Mark, who has 20 years experience in brewing, that came up with the idea. I’m vegetarian so I was all for it.”

The brewhouse has proved popular, with many people travelling a fair distance to come and try it out.

“We wanted somewhere people could sit and enjoy perhaps more than one pint,” says Lynn, from Bearwood.

“So we found an L-shaped space in the Jewellery Quarter which we filled with our old music memorabilia and launched during the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios weekend in July 2016.”

Lynn Crossland at Rock & Roll Brewhouse (Image: Rose and Rainbow Photography)

Opening hours

Up until now Rock&Roll Brewhouse has opened every Friday from 5-9pm and once a month on a Saturday. Now, due to demand, they’re also going to be opening every Saturday from 1-7pm from October 1.

Source: Birmingham Mail

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