On Saturday 21st February, I didn’t have any plans for the day, the weather was a bit meh, so I decided to hop on a train over to the Green Duck Brewery Co in Stourbridge. I’d tried a couple of nice beers from these guys at the Birmingham Beer Festival 2014 (The coconut porter was one of the top beers of the festival) and saw them on Twitter talking about their bar so thought I’d take the opportunity to check them out and sink a few beers.
The Badelynge Bar is roughly about a 10minute walk from Stourbridge Junction train station. It wasn’t too difficult to find at all. (I hopped on a London Midland train, they depart every half hour to/from Birmingham Snow Hill on Saturdays). The bar entrance is on the main road on the side of the industrial estate.
Entering through the green solid steel door off the main street you enter into a large industrial unit space. Quite a few rows of benches and tables were setup for seating, along with a small lounge area on the right hand side with two comfy looking sofas to relax on. The bar was also on this right hand side. At the end, blocked off by a clear wall was the brewing area. Visitors are welcome to sit back and watch the brewing action up close. There was a rather large selection of board games available for people and a TV was also available.
The beer board on the wall next to the bar offered up a great selection of Green Duck beers. There were 5 cask offering, a keg IPA and a cider. The bar also offered an assortment of spirits and soft drinks, plus snacks like cobs and pork pies. Green Duck work on a token system. £10 buys 4 drink tokens, these don’t have to be used in one visit and can be shared between people.
The place had just opened when I arrived so was fairly quiet. It soon started to fill up with couples and groups, people with dogs arrived, people with children and babies. Everyone felt welcome and all seemed to be having a good time.Chatting to the guy working at the bar/brewery he was very friendly, chatty and fabulous at describing and recommending their beers to me. He made me feel very welcome.
Apparently the night before they held a music night event which had gone down a storm and they’d been really busy. Hopefully these events are something they continue with, I’d love to attend one.
The first beer I tried was a Duck Blonde, a 4.2% ABV pale ale (Picture at top). This was a very smooth light golden beer. It had a fantastic sweet fruity hoppy citrus aroma. The taste was lovely, very floral and tropical fruits with a lovely bitterness about it. A real easy drinking beer that I would have been happy drinking all day long. This is apparently their most popular beer and I can see why people enjoy it.
Next I tried the Dandelion and Burduck Stout (5.5%). A beer brewed with dandelion and burdock, this pours really lively but settles quickly to be a nice dark black colour. The aroma is very dandelion and burdock-esque. On tasting, you get a nice roast malt taste and then the D&B flavour really kicks in to give a lovely aftertaste. This was very smooth and easy to drink. It maybe needed a little more body to make it excellent, but it was still nice. To me, this felt more like a porter than a stout.
The final beer I tried was a Sitting Duck (4.5% ABV), another light pale ale similar to the Duck Blonde. This is a lovely floral citrus beer brewed with Amarillo hops. It poured a nice golden yellow that had a thick white head that stayed prominently. A lovely floral sweet aroma with a nice bitterness to it. Very nice beer.
Overall, I enjoyed my short visit to Green Duck Brewery. They’ve got a nice setup there offering great beer. There’s certainly a nice consistency to their beers and all the drinks I’ve tried from these guys have been good. If I lived a little closer I’d certainly pop in more often. The music nights and showing sports events certainly seems to be working for them and I wish them the best of luck.
I’ve still got unused drinks tokens so I’ll be looking forward to returning next month for their beer festival :-)