It's been a while since I did anything regarding the Off-Licence Project, i.e. that lovely Google Map which the readers of Mediocre Beer Adventures helped to populate with the City's best purveyors of East European lager and World craft beer.
The map is still here:- BIRMINGHAM OFF LICENCES
Recent additions are a couple of venues in Erdington, specialising in Polish beer and the deletion of at least one Dudley Road venue, which had gone to seed.
Now I think this still requires a little work, so I would exhort you and everyone you know to remain vigilant and look out both for interesting offies, but also good beer ranges in non-offie locations.
That was part 1 of this post.
Part 2 of this post is a plea.
Looking at Ratebeer (which I do regularly), I have been alarmed to see that my beer ticking brethren across the UK seem to be uncovering a range of East European beer treasure, which I are not clapped eyes on in Brum.
This is a worry.
It's not a worry because I'm missing out on good beer per se, but it is a worry because I'm an obsessive and one of my obsessions is questionable lager. I'll be blowed if Scunthorpe folk are getting access to obscure Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian stock, while I'm not. Sadly however, this seems to be the case.
So I would like to enlist you all (yes, both of you) to help me find some of these new, 'mysterious' beer treats. Here is a hit-list:
Bauskas Gaisais Specialais
Butautu Dvaro Alus Sviesus
Butautu Dvaro Alus Tamsus
Kauno Senasis Porteris
Kauno Biržieciu Alus Stouts
Kupiškio Kupiškėnų Šventinis Alus
Kupiškio Magaryčių Alus
Taruškų Kanapinis Alus Tamsus
Volfas Engelman Rinktinis
Lomza Export Miodowe
Baltika 6 Porter
Zlata Praha Svetle Pivo
Please tell me if you spot any of these during you travels.
N.B. Tesco and Asda may not be the best places to start your hunt.
N.B. (2) There may be a prize for the person who locates the most - sort of like a scavenger hunt.
N.B. (3) Off licence owners of the region - please, please do not buy a crate of these beers purely on my say-so. I am, by no means, providing a guarantee of quality, nor am I certain that these will be 'big' sellers.
However, if you do want to take a punt on these, why not do so? Only please don't kick me, when you're flogging them off at 10p per can, come Christmas.