We started Attic Brew Co. after years of ~ responsible ~ beer consumption and playing around with small scale brewing on a dodgy but lovingly made home made kit. Whilst we were at Cardiff university as housemates many moons ago, we fell hard and fast in love with the Real Ale scene (looking at you Cardiff Arms), and by trying the plethora of different styles of beer, we realised that beer isn't just lager, but so much more! Sam began trying his hand at home brewing in his student bedroom and although there were plenty of fails and explosive results along the way, his desire to get it right was only spurred on. After graduating, we moved our separate ways, one back to Birmingham and one on a jolly jaunt to London.
Whilst dabbling in the dog eat dog corporate world, Sam spent all his hard earned pennies kitting out the attic at home (hence the name) in Kings Heath into a fully functioning brewery to keep striving to brew better and better beer. Needless to say, the road to perfection is never ending and we are still on it!
After a drunken conversation which sort of went along the lines of:
Sam: "hey Ol, want to start a brewery?"
We started making plans and scouting out locations for the space. Believe us when we say, we had no idea what was in store for us when we rented a run down old industrial unit in Stirchley and bought a small brew kit that was older than we are. After several labourous months of painting, building and, finally, brewing, we opened the taproom doors on the 23rd November 2018.
Attic was greeted with an unbelievable show of support from local drinkers, who bought into our varied beer board and new take on the traditional local, and we continue to be indebted to you all for laying the foundations for where we are now as a business.
The years that followed have been epic, although not without challenges, but we have learnt soooo much about beer, brewing, hospitality, the importance of community, business, the greatness of Stirchley and the sector we are in. We are lucky enough to now be expanding beyond what we imagined, with more tanks, more staff, more space and even more of you wonderful customers. We have kept our original little hodge bodge tanks on display above the bar for a cute little reminder of how far we've come.
Our aim has always been to provide locals with a cosy meeting place, beer fans with a tasty destination, foodies a place to get some delicious eats and local artists with a place to showcase their work. Put simply, we have a canvas to promote some unbelievable midlands art, produce, talent and culture, and we intend to continue to use it.