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The Beer Emporium, Kidderminster

Pub added by Old Boots
48 Oxford Street
DY10 1AR

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Soup Dragon left this review about The Beer Emporium

I can't really add much to the Signmeister's excellent review below. Yes, the exterior is a little bland as many of these micropubs are - although the etched glass helps. The interior is in white and brick with kegs used as seats in places. TV wasn't on and there was no music. A good, mixed clientele - but it is the service here, which is fantastic and friendly, which means i always stop off when around. Pump clip collection, be warned. 5 gravity served ales and a few ciders. The Kelham Island Kingston was very good. I do like this place - gets a bit loud as microplaces do, but always worth a visit.

On 22nd July 2018 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Beer Emporium

A short walk from Kidderminster’s main retail street, this is a simple, single room, shop converted micro pub. The room is roughly square shaped with new floorboards throughout, walls painted in a neutral cream shade, partly frosted front windows and some brick pillars with sections of wood panelling to the left. The pub has no bar to speak of, but there is an arch in the rear left corner, flanked by large wine racks, which leads into the tap room from which the landlord will pour you the beer of your choice straight from the barrel. I found the landlord to be very friendly, giving customers plenty of time to make their choice from the list drawn up on a school-style easel and popping round for a chat with each table as the night progressed. Seating involves a lot of high stools around tables to the front and a large upturned barrel to the right, with low stools, standard chairs and some padded kegs filling in the remaining gaps. Pump clips inevitably run around the room, mainly on the beams, whilst there is a collection of beer trays and unusual pint glasses on a shelf atop a centrally positioned structural pillar. Aside from this, decor is fairly restrained, with a painting of a canal boat and a nice old Bass sign being the most notable other adornments. A door to the rear leads to a unisex toilet and beer yard, neither of which I got round to exploring. The pub was doing a pretty good trade just before closing on a Friday night and the landlady popped over to have a chat as I was about to leave, helpfully recommending a few more pubs around town I might also enjoy.
The blackboard listed a good selection of ales, most of which could loosely be described as local, with the options on this visit being Hobsons Dark Mild, Taylors Boltmaker, Byatts Blackfriars Porter, Salopian Oracle and Teme Valley Wotever Next. Three real ciders were also listed but I don’t recall there being any keg options. The Oracle was competitively priced at £2.90 a pint and in absolute top condition – an observation I shared with the landlord, which he seemed very pleased to hear.
This is another fine Kidderminster micro pub, perhaps the truest to the movement’s original vision of those in town, and a great place to stop off for a quality pint or two. The pub itself still feels very new and is perhaps lacking a bit of the character of a more established venue, but the incredibly friendly welcome and top class service mark this out as somewhere worthy of repeat visits.

On 30th March 2017 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Beer Emporium and Cider House

An excellent Micropub this one and well worth a visit. We found the owner to be very friendly and chatty, and as a result we stayed longer than anticipated. The beer in here was also in top notch condition and enjoyed a few Salopian Oracle. There was a choice of four more ales, seven ciders and perries and a comprehensive selection of wine.

On 12th January 2017 - rating: 8
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Old Boots left this review about The Beer Emporium and Cider House

Opened in early August 2016 single room micro with no counter, make your choice off the old school black board, in the truest sense of old school, and tell the friendly owners what you want. Your beer is fetched from the back cellar or cold room and will be in excellent condition, all served straight from the cask. There are up to five ales, six ciders/perrys and a range of foreign bottles, wine drinkers are also catered for and there are soft drinks. The owners came from Oldham and have been involved with cask beers for many years, this shows in the careful choice and excellent order of the beer. It's not far from the station on the way to the town centre, and it's a great micro so there's no excuse not to visit when in Kidderminster, in fact make the trip just to sample this one.

On 30th September 2016 - no rating submitted
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