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Beer + Pizza. Digbrew Co. have got their priorities right.

17 Sep 20

Digbrew Co., based on River Street less than a stones throw from the Custard Factory have been making waves in the brewing world.

Constantly keeping Digbeth’s craft beer enthusiasts on their toes with an ever changing range of brewing based innovation, including a collaboration with Brad Carter, Ollie and the team have been steadily building a solid reputation.

Based on simple concepts such as good times, great beer and great people the brand has grown exponentially over the last 3 ½ years.

The addition of Dough, a pizzeria doing things a little differently and international beer distribution, this crew are trailblazers in the independent scene. We caught up with Ollie Webb founder of Digbrew Co. to find out more.

Selection of Digbrew beers with glow in the dark wax seals

Where did it all start? 

“At the end of every university year the first and second year art students would help the third years with their final project. It was always a great atmosphere and social scene but it was a shame that it only seemed to happen right at the end of the term. I wanted to keep it going all year round so we built a really trashy tiki bar out of bamboo in my studio and started inviting people and selling drinks from there.”

“It grew into this social scene and we were quickly in need of a more sustainable supply of beer, so we started brewing our own! The brewing side of things became more and more interesting and I ended up working in other breweries to find out as much as I could about the process.”

“I graduated and went to New York with no money just like every other art student. Whilst there I visited Other Half brewery to see how they operated. At the time I was undecided whether to be a sculptor or get into brewing and seeing how they operated sealed the deal for me. Seeing them do something that brought people together from all different backgrounds was a really exciting part of brewing and I wanted to offer something similar in the U.K. Digbeth seemed like the perfect place to make it happen so we went for it.”

Keeping a close eye on the brewing process

What’s been the highlight of the journey so far?

“We won a prize for most exciting brewery in the UK in January last year which was amazing considering we were only just really getting started. We’ve been to a lot of festivals off the back of that which was also an amazing experience.” 
“The addition of Dough was also a massive step forward for us as we were able to combine great beer with great pizza and really drove the brand forward.”

It’s great to see a local independent business adapt and flourish in the midst of a global pandemic. How has 2020 been so far for you and what’s changed? 

“It’s been tough but it has also pushed us to do things that we were testing out anyway, like bottling the beers, starting an online shop and expanding the capacity of the brewery to brew a range different beers at the same time.” 

“When we went into lockdown there were a lot of people who wanted to support us and try different things so there were a lot of people who wouldn’t usually buy beer online making orders and trying the different things we were putting out.”

What makes Digbrew Co different to other breweries?

“I’d say the main thing that makes us different is being multifaceted. We try to push the boundaries when making numerous different types of beer all at once instead of sticking to what’s comfortable and I think our customers enjoy that as they feel a part of the brand and the journey as they get to try different things all the time.”

“Having Dough as part of the brewery adds another string to our bow especially as they’re also doing things a little differently by recently adding Detroit ‘Grandma Style’ pizzas to the menu to give Digbeth something new. Nat describes them as being ‘like the best cheese on toast you’ll ever eat’, and she’s not wrong.”

“Our goal is to give people a unique experience both in the Digbeth taproom and when they buy beers from us online.”

What does the future hold for Digbrew Co.?

“We want to get the taproom back to the social place that it was before and also improve the overall customer experience when people come down.”

“We also want to push the brewing side of things by increasing capacity and increasing our customer base in the UK and internationally.”

Digbrew Co.’s taproom is now back open so you can sample their new range of beers for yourself and get your hands on Dough’s latest pizza offering. You can book a table via email, Instagram  but be quick, space is limited and you definitely don't want to miss out. You can also order the latest beers delivered straight to your door here.

You can also try out one of Digbrew's latest beers as your complimentary drink when you book your next haircut at Stag Digbeth, just ask one of our team about the latest offering.
Complimentary drink with every barbering service

By Ethan Webb