Who can resist a good pun? It seems we’re unable to, but it so happens that Digbeth Dining Club faves Pietanic and one of the best regional brewers around, Titanic, are a winning combination beyond mere words.
Pietanic have a tendency to veer away from the conventional, having made a strong impression on the Birmingham streetfood scene since they were launched in 2015. Owner Jay Jones and the rest of the crew are especially hard to miss in their distinctive vintage Citreon H van (‘Claude’) – the subject of a missing persons appeal after it went missing earlier in the year. Perhaps not the most obvious vehicle to smuggle away un-noticed, fortunately he was found safe and well a few weeks later. It’s all about cockle-warming pies of course – including the infamous Cheese and Bacon Burger Pie – but don’t demur on other curveball sides such as the, err, Frazzles scotch egg. Oh yes.
Connoisseurs of Titanic have been sinking their pints since 1985 and the brewery is now run by brothers Dave and Keith Bott who have only one guiding principle – great tasting, ‘proper’ beer likely to prompt the response: “I’ll have another one of those please”.
Just like Pietanic make proper pies but with a twist, so Titanic are not afraid to stray from the copybook on occasion – an example being the magnificent Plum Porter, which scooped no less than the Champion Beer of Britain in 2015. As well as the prize winner, 1000 Trades’ pumps will play host to seven different beers over the course of the week including winter warmers like Black Ice (a dark ale), Wreckage (a 7.2% stormer) and Cappuccino Stout.
And on Thursday there’ll be an opportunity to learn what goes in to brewing these and other fabulous beers at a ‘meet the brewer’ session with Titanic.
Of course great beer not only goes alongside great pies but in them too. So it would’ve been too good an opportunity to miss not to pair these two, and Jay has put together specials for the occasion – including Steak and Titanic Stout as well as the impossibly glorious Game and Plum Porter, oh god, oh god.
- Our current kitchen residents Kebabylon will be returning on Tuesday 28 November. Not booked for your Christmas meal yet? Download the menu, available for group bookings of 6 and upwards all day Tuesday-Sunday throughout December.