For the last 3 years the Great British Beer Festival has been held in Norwich and as part of its tri-yearly rotation we are pleased to say it has arrived just down the road from us here in Birmingham!

The event ran from 4th to the 8th February 2020 and was staged at the New Bingley Hall.  Dubbed “A Festival of a Thousand Trades” it really celebrated the industry, diversity and creativity throughout time of the West Midlands.

The Festival of a Thousand Trades really defined the drinks on show and included a range of spirits and non-alcoholic options to accompany over 400 beers.  A great range of ciders and perries representing the West Midlands as well as the rest of the United Kingdom and beyond was also available.

Alongside the drinks, there were plenty of games and activities and musical entertainment, a range of mouth-watering food stalls, and a selection of tastings and talks for those looking to expand their horizons further.

Harry Mason Ltd attended with a couple of local brewers and supplied some of our new Handpull PINT365.  Standing alongside Davenports Brewery and Hobsons Brewery the pumps were put through their paces pulling pint after pint of great tasting beer.


Birmingham Brewing Company

Birmingham Brewing Company

This Birmingham brewery was set up in 2016 with the simple aim of bringing great quality, locally brewed beers to Birmingham.  All beers brewed by Birmingham Brewing Company are vegan and gluten-free and they proudly source the very best ingredients including Welsh Mountain Water, traditional floor malted barley as well the best hops they can find.

With its very own Tap Room located on Stirchley Trading Estate in Birmingham, you can pop along and sample some of the freshest beers and don’t worry if you are peckish as a selection of street food is available. Most of the ‘Brummie’ named beers for example ‘Pale Brummie’ and ‘Bitter Brummie’ are available in 9 gallon casks, 30 litre kegs as well as cans.

You can also book your very own brewery tour – lasting around an hour you will be able to talk to the Master Brewer, see the brewing equipment and learn how each piece operates, learn how our beer is made and most importantly sample four different beers during a tutored tasting.  Novice or experienced homebrewers can enroll on one of their Birmingham Brewery Company Beer School day courses led by their MSc qualified Master Brewer with a selection of courses available there is sure to be something of interest.

For those of you not looking for something other than great tasting beer then don’t worry as Birmingham Brewing Company also serves a selection of natural wine, local ciders, spirits and soft drinks.




One of the most well-known names in Birmingham brewing history must be that of Davenports. 

This historic institution first started brewing in 1829 and those of us of a certain age can probably remember the advert that ran back in the 1970’s that started with ‘’Beer at Home means Davenports.…’’ and most of us can probably sing it word for word!

Davenports boasts 300 plus years of multi-brand heritage.  All Davenports beers are developed and brewed using tradition recipes with modern technology in their own Artisan brewery. With ‘Davenports Original’, ‘Davenports Gold Ale’ and ‘Davenports Mild’ all household names.

Running alongside the Davenports beers is the award-winning range of Dale craft keg beers. The original Dares Southend Brewery was set up on Belgrave Road in Balsall Heath back in 1927.  The brewery was taken over by Davenports in 1962 and recently has undergone somewhat of a revival with ‘Tank Six’, ‘RiP’ and ‘Nitro 535’ to name but a few.  The third brand under the Davenports banner is Highgate Brewery.  The traditional brewery was first established in 1898.  Located on Sandymount Road (specifically chosen due to the pure iron rich water supply from a bore hole in the road) in Walsall its ‘mild’ style beer quickly became a favourite among the Birmingham workers.

A Christmas Riddle

A Christmas Riddle

Without fail every Christmas jokes will be pulled from crackers, the pub banter picks up momentum and the riddles become increasingly complex.   The riddle, the joke and the banter helps us share a laugh, a memory or reflect on a year past.   

If you have or are thinking of a Pint365 this Christmas you need to create the festive cheer to create the theatre of the pub.  To help you on your way we have searched high and low for some riddles and jokes to bring a smile to your face.

Scroll down for the answers.

1. Joke:  A barrel of beer fell on a man. Why didn't it hurt him?

2. Story:  A broke guy walks past a pub. He looks at the door longingly, but since he has no money, he walks on. Just then, he spots a lamp lying in the gutter. He picks it up and rubs it, and a genie emerges.

“I will grant you three wishes,” intones the genie.

“Give me a bottomless mug of beer,” the guy says.

A mug of beer appears in his hand. He takes a sip, then another. With each chug, the mug magically refills.

“And for your other two wishes?”

Between swallows, the lucky guy shouts, “Give me two more just like this one!”

 3. Riddle:  Three guys are going out of a Pub. Only two of them drank beer, only two of them drank wine and only two of them drank water. If a guy did not drink wine he did not drink water either. If a guy did not drink beer he did not drink wine either.

Who drank what ? 

4. Riddle:  Steven and Mary had five children (yes five). Half of them are girls, how is it possible ? 

5. Riddle: Two workers in a brewery are trying to settle an argument over how much beer is inside a barrel. One worker thinks the barrel is more than half full while the other says it's less than half full. How can they settle the argument without using any measuring tools?

Note: the top of the barrel can be easily removed. 


1. Solution: Because it was light ale.

3. Solution: Two of them drank beer, wine and water. One of them drank nothing. 

4. Solution: They are all girls and therefore half of them are girls.

5. Solution: One simple way of solving the dispute is for the workers to tip the barrel until the beer is level with the lowest part of the top (just before it would spill). If they can see the bottom of the barrel, then it's less than half full (left image). On the other hand, if they cannot see the bottom, then the barrel is more than half full (right image).

The Wellington Specialist Real Ale Pub

The Wellington Specialist Real Ale Pub

Being a Birmingham based company ourselves, this week we thought we would put the spotlight on one of our local pubs – The Wellington


The Wellington Pub or the ‘Wellie’ is located on Bennett’s Hill in the centre of Birmingham.  Backed by Black Country Inns this popular pub first opened its doors in December 2014 with 10 handpumps.  The pub was a hit from the start and within the first six months of trading, it had to increase its bar and install another six hand pumps.  Unbelievably during its first year, an incredible 2610 different ales passed through its pumps!


The pub continued to grow and by 2014 it had built an upstairs bar and a roof terrace taking the total number of Harry Mason hand pumps to a staggering 27!


Serving 8 regular ales and 9 guest ones it can be quite a tough act to choose.  To help the customer each pump is individually numbered and displayed on the ‘Beer Board’.  The board displays the brewery name, the beer name, the ABV (alcohol by volume) and the price per pint.  The board also displays the beer colour which is rated from A to E with A being the palest and E the darkest.  

If you are planning a trip to Birmingham a visit to the Wellington is a must – just note that they don’t sell food at the Wellington however you are free to bring your own or even have a takeaway delivered and don’t worry about plates and cutlery as they are all provided. Oh and the Wellington is music free – it’s all about good conversation and great beer!