New drink, food and music event opens

Birmingham’s newest independent festival launches this weekend.

The Custard Factory’s Market Hall is set to host the opening weekend of TAPS, a brand new independent drink, food and music event brought to life by the UK’s largest craft beer festival Craft Beer Rising and popular city street food destination Digbeth Dining Club, this Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018.

The event unites some of Britain’s most reputable beer and cider breweries, promising vegan street food and vegan beer, a full menu for carnivores and headline DJ sets from Norman Jay MBE, Daddy G (Massive Attack), 45 Live ft Boca 45 and Pete Isaac and Jon Moore (Coldcut, Ninja Tune) as well as a performance from Heavy Beat Brass Band that will wind around revellers in the newly reopened space in one of Birmingham’s best known creative hotspots.

Digbeth Dining Club, the biggest street food event outside of London, and a two-time winner of Britain’s Best Street Food Event, co-hosts TAPS with Craft Beer Rising, the UK’s biggest craft beer festival, welcoming over 12,000 people every year to the famous Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.

Jack Brabant, Director Digbeth Dining Club, said, “We have been championing independence in the Birmingham food scene for six years, and now we want to do the same for Birmingham brewers, distillers and natural wine creators.

“Teaming up with Craft Beer Rising was a no-brainer for us – they share our passion for independence and always deliver a great event. We look forward to welcoming drink, food and music fans to the TAPS opening weekend and raising a glass to celebrate what is an exciting new addition to the city.”

“This is the perfect opportunity for us to continue our mission to take craft beer to the masses, having moved to Birmingham three years ago we’ve been wanting to make this happen for a long time. This is a new event and its exciting working with Digbeth Dining Club to create something unique,” added Dan Rowntree, co-founder of Craft Beer Rising

Birmingham’s best new craft beer offerings Dig Brew, Paper Duck, Pint Shop, and Kilder will feature at TAPS, along with independent breweries Brick Brewery, Renegade, Mondo, Kona, Maule, Beatnikz Republic, Hook Norton Brewery, Four Pure, Rat Brewery, Thistly Cross Cider, Steam Machine Brew, Little Creatures, Fierce Beer, ABK, Brewdog, Harviestoun Brewery, Five Points, Lagunitas, Moor Beer, and Porterhouse.

TAPS takes place across three different day and evening sessions at the Custard Factory in Digbeth: 1800-2300 on Friday 21st September, 1200-1700 and 1800-2330 on Saturday 22nd September 2018. Tickets are available via DesignMyNight. Limited edition glassware and a programme comes free with each ticket purchase.