Venue: The Wolf, 2-10 Constitution Hill, B19 3LY; website
Choice: The Men Who Stare at Oats (£6.30) Chooser: Josh (owner)
Each of the bespoke pump handles at The Wolf costs about $50. We know because we were rude enough to ask and the owners were too polite to not answer. The brother and sister team behind this beaut of a pub clearly love what they do and that level of passion exudes. Food-wise the cheese and meat boards are tip-top (menu), but The Wolf is about the beers. We toured all ten of the regularly changing pump options and were properly stumped by Twisted Barrel's Lime and Chipotle Soup Dragon. The name is pretty much the most normal thing about this 'order-it-once-probably-not-twice' tongue jolter of a saison. Universally adored, though, was Wild Beer and Magic Rock's The Men Who Stare At Oats. A 6% American IPA, it's refreshing, hoppy and citrusy and terribly, terribly morish. They were running low on the good stuff when we visited and — to keep the offering fresh — The Wolf don't restock any beer immediately, however well it sells. Support this indy gem; it's what Birmingham needs and they don't have bucketloads of brewery bucks to play with.
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