Thousand Trades are a start up brewery currently producing cask ales for pubs, clubs and beer festivals and other events. We are also in the process of gearing up for bottling beer for sale to the off trade, licensed restaurants, cafes and direct to the public.
The brewery is the result of founder Paul Scrivens’s desire for a career change as he was looking for a more creative and active challenge. After deciding a brewery ticked all the boxes for a new life Paul then had to learn how to brew!
This was an interesting foray for Paul, his view of home brew being coloured by bad memories of sampling his Father’s ‘interesting’ creations. With some trepidation he started to brew in the home garage and the first couple of brews certainly lived up to that reputation. Undeterred he persevered until the quality started to improve and then after a couple of competition winning brews boosted his confidence felt ready to make the step up to a commercial operation.
Looking for premises was a long process and finally after some months scouring the streets and alleyways of Birmingham Paul unexpectedly found what he was looking for close to home – a small unit tucked away off Lakey Lane in Hall Green.
Having researched and taken advice from another brewer he purchased a 400 litre kit and eagerly awaited it’s installation. A lot of work went into preparing the premises and a mix of professional trades, friends and family pitched in. Finally in late 2016 things were ready to roll but again a new steep learning curve had to be climbed. After a number of test and experimental batches with varying results we have now arrived at a solid core range of 2 ales and a monthly special brew, some of which may be added to the core range depending on customer feedback.
Although it has taken a while to get to this point, this is just the beginning, we aim to continuously improve the quality, range and packaging of beers through investment in people, hardware and technology, continual review of processes and identifying opportunities for innovation whilst always respecting the traditions of the brewer’s craft.