Since we first opened our doors back in 2016, we’ve always said that 1000 Trades is all about the neighbourhood. Musicians, artists, DJs, designers, makers, comedians, born and bred Brummies, nomadic out-of-owners, ale-mad enthusiasts and that chap who strolls in just for one pint – all are welcome here.

Rewind back to December 2017, when we thought it was about time that we celebrated the people that make this place… well, this place. A permanent paean to the great and the good of the Jewellery Quarter and beyond. Okay, maybe we’re upselling what is really just a chat over a pint, but you get the gist.

Take a trip in our very own ‘Schooner with…’ Tardis and make that sandwich-at-the-desk working lunch a little bit better.

In December we sat down for our first schooner with Jon Harris of Pigeonhole fame. We only managed to mention the otherworldly snow once and talked the 80s and 90s.

In January it was the turn of music legend John Mostyn in advance of his music publishing workshop. He put us in good stead for 2018.

In February Nicola Shipley of Grain Photography hub dropped in for a bev. She gave us the lowdown on working in photography and flattered us with compliment.

In March we drank an OTT from Rock & Roll Brewhouse with Ian Gardner, chatting about the 1000 Trades Networking club.

In April the enigmatic Phil Thompson introduced us to Arts Lab. A glass of neat whiskey oiled a conversation about his life and times that we didn’t want to end.

In May Kate Smith taught us that slower is better. We toasted a week of Slow Food dinners with a glass of Plum Porter.

In August we sat down with one of our favourite regulars, Phil Rose. A pint of OTT kicked off musings on his two favourite topics: Birmingham and jazz.

In September things got social with Kirstie Smith. She talked about the new digital marketing meetup Social Circle over a glass of natural wine.

In October it was two-for-one with Lynn Crossland and Mark Shepherd of Rock & Roll Brewhouse. We were taken through a potted history from humble beginnings to the present day.

In November Georgia Radenschi rounded off the year. We poured a glass of red before talking about her paintings on display at the bar.