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Organic Beer Menu
5th July - 10th July 2012


HERALD – 3.7%


CASCADE – 3.8%
STYRIAN – 4.2%




Diamond Jubilee Beer Menu
31st May - 6th June 2012

Angel Ales – West Midlands
Royale – 5.1%
Premium golden bitter with hints of orange.

Batemans Brewery – Lincolnshire
Jewel In The Crown – 4.5%
Full bodied, ruby coloured beer.

Brewshed Brewery – Suffolk
Spring – 3.6%
A light, fresh, delicate extra pale ale.

Church End Brewery - Warwickshire
Lubilee Jubilee – 3.9%
Very pale, lightly hopped and citrusy.
* Red
* White 4.1% - Each one a hoppy ale to celebrate the Jubilee.
* And Blue

Coastal Brewery – Cornwall
* 60+ - 4.5%
Premium gold and hoppy ale.
* Jubilee Plus – 3.6%
Pale well hopped ale using American Hops.

Dark Star Brewery – West Sussex
Hophead – 3.8%
Pale golden ale with a strong floral aroma.

Gargoyles Brewery – Devon
Dawlish Pale – 5.0%
Premium, moderately hopped pale ale.

Gidleys Brewery – Devon
Dartmoor Valley – 4.0%
SIBA Best Bitter award winner.

Grafters Brewery – Lincolnshire
Golden – 4.3%
Straw coloured beer with a slightly bitter finish.

Imperial Brewery – South Yorkshire
Jubilee Bitter – 4.2%
A special commemorative ale.

Itchen Valley – Hampshire
One Of Those – 4.4%
German and USA hops creating an amber English bitter.

Magpie Brewery – Nottinghamshire
Royal Salute Ale – 4.1%
Copper, Fruity and Malty, fit for a Queen!

Mallinsons Brewery – West Yorkshire
Citra – 3.8%
A pale ale, grapefruit and mango nose, bitter hoppy taste.

Medieval Brewery – Nottinghamshire
Courtly Love – 4.7%
Chocolate porter with delicate vanilla flavours.

Navigation Brewery: Nottinghamshire
Golden – 4.3%
Medium-bodied, clean-tasting, refreshing ale.
Stout – 4.4%
Robust stout with liquorice, roast almonds and chocolate.

Oates Brewery – West Yorkshire
Golden Oat – 3.8%
Full bodied ale with hints of caramel and honey.
OMT – 4.1%
Light and refreshing session ale, softly hopped.

Old Cannon Brewery – Suffolk
Rusty Gun – 4.0%
Hops hit first with a smooth finish.

Patriot Brewery - Warwickshire
Queens Land Jubilee Pale – 5.0%
Premium golden ale.

Peakstones Brewery – Staffordshire
Dimmingsdale Blonde – 4.5%
Lightly hopped with a dry finish.

Rat Brewery – West Yorkshire
King Rat – 5.0%
A beer that is all about the hops!
Rat Hole – 4.3%
Pale and intensely fruity bitter.
White Rat – 4.0%
Very pale hoppy ale, intensely aromatic finish.

Raw Brewery – Derbyshire
Citra – 4.4%
Hoppy special,strong fruity hop aroma and flavour.
Dark Peak – 4.5%
Easy drinking stout with plenty of malt flavours.

Salamander Brewery – West Yorkshire
Her Majesties Pleasure – 4.2%
A golden well hopped ale.

Salopian Brewery - Shropshire
Monkey Business – 5.2%
Pale ale and light on the palate.

Saltaire Brewery – West Yorkshire
Blackberry Cascade – 4.8%
Floral aromas and strong bitterness.

Staffordshire Brewery
Double Sunset Ale – 5.0%
Well balanced amber ale with a hint of citrus.

Staithes Brewery – North Yorkshire
Whitby Beach – 3.8%
Golden, light refreshing, thirst quenching ale.

Steel City Brewery – South Yorkshire
Draconian Times – 5.2%
Pale and very bitter with big tropical fruit flavour.

Strathaven Ales – Lanarkshire
Midnight Walk – 4.0%
An amber, moderately hopped refreshing ale.

Tetleys - Northamptonshire
Hop and Glory – 4.5% - Full Bodied, Hint of peardrops, hoppy finish.

Welbeck Abbey – Nottinghamshire
Henrietta – 3.6%
Delicate golden ale with a fresh hop aroma.

Wharfebank Brewery – West Yorkshire
Tether Blond – 4.1%
A straw coloured American hopped beer.

White Rose Brewery – South Yorkshire
60 Years On The Throne – 4.2%
Pale and Hoppy, sweet finish.

Whitworth Brewery – West Midlands
* Dry Hopped Sobriety – 4.0%
Golden beer, dry hopped with cascade.

Windsor and Eton - Berkshire
Kohinoor Jubilee – 4.5%
A classic Indies Pale Ale. A light, dry bitter.

XT Brewery – Buckinghamshire
53 – 4.2%
A hoppy, pale celebration ale.

* Denotes festival special.

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Welcome to The Anchor, a Grade II listed pub built at the end of Queen Victoria's reign that offers real ales and hearty food in an authentic setting where you will find a very convivial atmosphere. Stocking hard-to-find English traditional ales, draught ciders and staging regular beer festivals and events, our pub has won Birmingham CAMRA Pub of the Year on four occasions. Please take a look around our website. However, the best way to explore the pub is to visit in person. We hope to extend a warm welcome to you in the future.

Some of the 1000's of beers to appear at The Anchor

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We are in the 2011 Good Beer Guide. Indeed, we have been in many a CAMRA Good Beer Guide because, in addition to offering a huge range of different beers, we strive to serve them in optimum condition. A good chunk of Birmingham CAMRA's criteria in judging The Anchor as the "Best in Brum" is that our beer is consistently good.

Cellar Casks
The Anchor has a policy of trying to source new beers and supporting new breweries. New beers are launched continually from microbreweries and are sourced via wholesalers and small independent carriers or by direct delivery by the microbrewers in person. New breweries are found by searching the Internet and browsing websites dedicated to beer. We then contact brewers directly. Breweries can contact us in order to sell casks to The Anchor.

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Many beers have been especially brewed for The Anchor. These ales are normally produced to celebrate a particular event or milestone of the pub. They are available only at The Anchor so look out for forthcoming specials. We have even made our own beer. To celebrate 25 years of the Keane family at The Anchor, a special brew called "Silver Anchor" was commissioned and produced at the Shugborough Brewery where Keith Bott of Titanic Brewery was assisted by Gerry Keane.

George, our former manager, getting beers ready for another festival
With our counter featuring ever-changing real ales, it is pretty much a beer festival all year. However, we push the boat out many times during the calendar and stage special beer festivals with many rare and sought-after beers.

Rachel Pouring a Beer

Friends of the Earth
The following article is taken from The Birmingham Press...  "This year, the Anchor’s Organic Beer Festival is showcasing an even wider range of drinks, including cider, perry and wines, as well as the usual ales and Birmingham Friends of the Earth serving up tasty barbecued organic burgers from local suppliers on the Friday.

The beer festival calendar first welcomed this celebration of eco-friendly drinks in 2000 at the trend-setting Anchor, on Rea Street, Digbeth, but now the annual event is firmly established as a favourite summer event.

Organic meat and vegetarian burgers from Rossiter’s Family Butchers in Selly Oak will be on offer in the pub’s beer garden with rolls and buns supplied once again by local community baker and food guru Tom Baker.

As well as being a chance to sample some delicious food and drink from high quality suppliers, the festival also provides a chance to promote planet-friendly farming practices. With the threat of more industrial-scale intensive farming practices being brought to the UK, punters can be sure that the food and drink served here will not be produced in a way that is damaging the environment.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth Campaigns Coordinator Roxanne Green, said, “We need a food system that creates a good livelihood for UK farmers, producers and local shops but that doesn’t damage the environment. Organic practices have been show to build up soil fertility and lock up soil carbon – providing benefits both to the climate and local wildlife.”

The Anchor’s Gerry Keane explained, ” This festival is now in its 12th year, which goes to show how popular it has become with our customers. In spite of the recession, people are still prepared to seek out organic items, they can be a little more expensive, but I think you can taste the difference and the quality. We are really happy to be associated with the local branch of Friends of the Earth , and have their help providing the organic BBQ”

So why drink organic beer?

If you look at the average pint of beer served up in the UK, it’s not so perfect. The hops used in the fermentation of beer are estimated to be sprayed up to 14 times each year with around 15 different pesticide products. In addition to this, countless additives are added to create the ‘perfect pint’, ensuring that it has a nice colour and flavour, a decent head and a profitable shelf life.

A big problem with this is that according to European legislation these additives, along with the other ingredients, do not need to be declared on the label unless the drink contains less 1.2% alcohol. Basically your pint has been chemically altered and you don’t know what you’re drinking. (1)

In contrast, organic beer is made in small batches from only organically grown barley, malt, wheat, hops, yeast and spring water. There are neither additives nor genetically-modified ingredients; everything grows as nature intended, giving a purer, more wholesome taste.

So please come and support Birmingham Friends of the Earth on the 8th July for the Organic Barbecue and the Organic Beer Festival will run from 7th – 12th July."

























































Hobson's Mild
We like to offer a mild beer at all times and for our regular choice we stock Hobson's Mild, an ale that was voted the Champion Beer of Britain 2007. Produced in Shropshire, Hobson's Mild was described in the 2007 CAMRA Good Beer Guide as: "A classic mild. Complex layers of taste come from roasted malts that predominate and give lots of flavour." Roger Protz, one of the judges and Editor of the Good Beer Guide said: "It's a great victory for a traditional British beer. It's bursting with flavour and, unusually for a Mild, it's got plenty of hop character. It's great to see a classic copper coloured beer take the top award." Nick Davis, Director of Hobson's said: "What a great surprise! It's a nutty mild and despite being only 3.2% it's packed full of flavour."

Tetley Bitter
Our regular bitter is brewed in Yorkshire - and has been since 1822. Tetley's Bitter [3.7%] is still brewed using traditional methods in special fermenting vessels known as Yorkshire Squares. The process is very unusual in that it uses two separate ale yeasts. Best served with a big head, it is a classic Yorkshire bitter and has a smooth hop character and the use of a special type of Demerara sugar makes for a uniquely flavoursome beer. CAMRA's Good Beer Guide describes Tetley's Bitter as "an amber coloured light, dry bitter with a slight malt and hop aroma, leading to a moderate bitterness with a hint of fruit, ending with a dry and bitter finish." Yorkshire drinkers claim that, by using traditional and modern brewing techniques, this is a classic ale.

Erdinger Weissbier
Erdinger Weissbier is not only very popular at The Anchor, it has become something of an institution. We stock the undisputed classic in the Erdinger product range, it is also quite simply the wheat beer par excellence. It is brewed using fine yeast according to a traditional recipe and, of course, in strict accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law. Even today, the beer is still bottle-fermented in the traditional way; it takes three to four weeks for Erdinger Weissbier 'with fine yeast' to mature. Only the finest ingredients are used in its production. Years of experience and constant quality checks guarantee the beer's unmistakable flavour. It is a wheat beer for those who love outstanding and unforgettable wheat beer flavour.

Dortmunder Actien Brauerei
We like to stock a couple of draught continental lagers. Our choice from the Dortmunder Actien Brewery is the Original, a superb German beer with a bright golden colour fine bitter taste with an elegant note of hops. The brewery was founded in 1868 by the businessmen Laurenz Fischer and Heinrich and Friedrich Mauritz together with master brewer Heinrich Herberz. The company enjoyed success in their domestic market and started to export their beer in 1879. The brewery was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal at the 1900 Paris World Fair. Following the near-total destruction of the city of Dortmund in the Second World War, the brewery was rebuilt in 1949. DAB Original is now dubbed "A Real Dortmunder of a Beer."

Guinness for Strength
As you would expect from a pub located in the old Irish Quarter, Guinness is always available on tap. Guinness is the UK’s best selling black beer. Famously taking a long time to pour, it has an initial malt and caramel flavour and finishes with a dry roasted bitterness. The world famous stout started life at Leixlip, but production was based at Dublin's St.James's Gate Brewery by 1759. The dry stout was based on the porter style of beers that were being produced in London during the 18th century. A distinctive feature of the beer's flavour is the roasted barley which remains unfermented. Medical research has established that the antioxidant compounds in Guinness provide many health benefits. As the famous slogan goes..."Guinness is Good For You".

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Our standard lager on sale is Carlsberg. The beer that is dubbed "probably the best lager in the world", Carlsberg [3.8%] is a superior, well balanced lager with a distinctive refreshing taste. Ideal for every drinking situation, but best enjoyed chilled with friends. Carlsberg was founded by J.C.Jacobsen and his first brew was finished on November 10, 1847. Export of Carlsberg beer commenced in 1868. Seven years later, Jacobsen set up the Carlsberg Laboratory in 1875 in order to work on scientific problems related to brewing. The species of yeast used to make pale lager, Saccharomyces carlsbergensis, was isolated at the laboratory and was named after it. The concept of pH was developed there as well as advances in protein chemistry.

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In addition to Carlsberg, we also stock Carlsberg Export. Brewed to the Danish original recipe Export is a clean tasting, premium lager with continental characteristics. There are noticeable deep malty notes in Carlsberg Export and the beer has a distinct bitterness that generates a full flavoured beer. Carlsberg Export was promoted in the UK with the brand slogan is "So good the Danes hate to see it leave". In television commercials, Danish lorry drivers were being kidnapped en route to prevent it leaving Denmark. We can understand the sentiment because at The Anchor we also stock our very own Irish Quarter Lager which is only available at our pub. So for a unique drinking experience, why not try it out.


Belgian Beers
We always have a draught Belgian Ale on tap and also stock a range of bottle-conditioned beers from the land of hops. We update our chalkboard that details these and a range of beers from around the world. Our colleagues behind the counter will try to provide some guidance and help you choose a drink to suit your palate. You'll generally find a beer from Italy, Germany or the United States on our beer board - our aim is to provide a unique drinking experience in Birmingham and always strive to offer a diverse range of beers. If you would like to see a particular beer in stock then please ask us - we will try to accommodate any reasonable request. Our continental selection helps to make The Anchor is an exciting place to drink.

Keane's Kompendium of Continental Beers

We generally stock Leffe Blond, the flagship beer of the Leffe beer family. The unique recipe for this beer is the fruit of centuries of experience in the art of brewing, which brings a broad palette of aromas into balance. It is elegant, smooth and fruity, and it has a spicy aftertaste with a hint of bitter orange. The beer's light, sunny colour is due to the use of pure malt. It is perfect for those relaxing moments with friends and family.

Thatcher's Gold
A regular feature on our counter is Thatcher's Gold, an exceptional Somerset cider that is full of flavour. Produced at Sandford Mill that sits amongst Somerset cider orchards at the base of the Mendip Hills, Gold is crafted using traditional techniques and expertise gained since 1904, for a smooth crisp and refreshing taste. Thatcher's have made fine cider in Somerset for over 100 years. Crafted using freshly pressed English apples, the company's traditional ciders are based on authentic recipes and matured in oak. William Thatcher first started making cider for farm workers in the early 1900's. The family-run company produce their traditional cider from locally grown apples. Traditional methods, such as conditioning cider in oak vats, give the cider its unique character.

Thatcher's Cheddar Valley
In addition to Thatcher's Gold, we also stock the company's famous Cheddar Valley, a traditional cider served on handpull. The colour of this unique cider gives it a vibrant character all of its own for those who want an alternative refreshing drink with a touch of natural sparkle. Naturally fermented, Cheddar Valley is matured in oak vats to ensure the distinctive full flavour is retained.

Real Cider and Perry
In addition to the above ciders, we always stock a cider or perry dispensed by gravity on the backbar. These are sourced by cider expert Jon Hallam. For example, Hartland's Farmhouse Perry is a popular choice with our regular customers. This is produced by a small family-run traditional craft business in North Gloucestershire.

Strongbow Cider
For our mainstream customers we also stock Strongbow. A strong, dry cider, Strongbow delivers a full bodied punch. The delicious fresh taste has a hint of acidity for clean, crisp refreshment. For years it has been the consumer’s favourite around the world, accounting for over a quarter of all cider sold in the UK annually. Produced with a royal warrant, Strongbow is a Gold Medal winner at the International Beer and Cider Competition, London, voted best tasting cider in blind tastings by a consumer led panel of judges. Strongbow is named after the Norman knight, Richard de Clare, later Earl of Pembroke, who was nicknamed ‘Strongbow’ by his troops for his feats of strength and prowess with the longbow. The ‘thudding arrow’ has been a feature of the brand’s television advertising since the 1960’s.


Pub Food at The Anchor
We serve a range of bar meals and snacks including: Fish and Chips, Scampi and Chips, Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Steak and Kidney Pie, Chicken Korma with Rice or Chips, Chicken Balti, Vegetable Balti, Vegetable Bake, Veggie Burger, Quarter Pounder Burger, Chicken Burger, Sausages and Mash, Jacket Potatoes, Hot and Cold Sandwiches.

National Inventory of Pub Interiors
We are proud to be included in the National Inventory of Pub Interiors, a register complied by CAMRA that records and details pub interiors of outstanding historic importance. The Anchor has retained many of the original fixtures and fittings that were designed for customers during the Edwardian era.

Charity Presentation
The Anchor has always tried to raise moneys for good causes. Our fundraising activities include: Raffles, Selling the Tote, Face Painting, Sale of Used Pump Clips, Selling Home Made Kilts, Special Events, Weekly Lottery Bonus Ball, Customers Spare Change. Recently we have raised monies for St Mary's Harborne CAFOD to the Haiti Appeal, St Mary's Hospice, Acorns Hospice, Red Nose Day, Breast Cancer, Children In Need, Leukaemia Fund, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Caitlain's Dream - Sanfilippo Syndrome.

Cheque Presentation at The Anchor
We would like to thank all those who have helped us to raise money for charity. Cheers and a BIG THANK YOU from Gerry and all the Team.

Treasure Hunt
We have linked up with to provide a fun Pub Treasure Hunt around the locality. The treasure hunt is quite difficult in places but it is a fun way to explore Digbeth and Deritend and, of course, enjoy a few beers en-route. Click here for the clues and a map. This is the only map you need for the Treasure Hunt though you may wish to bring your own A-Z. Other recommended bits of equipment are perhaps a compass. A digital camera could be useful for magnifying things. But most of all, you need to bring an open mind with which to think laterally. We hope you enjoy the Treasure Hunt and look forward to presenting you with the answer sheets just to hear you say "oh, that's where it was!!!"

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