Craven Arms (Black Country Inns)

Mayor: RichTheVillan (16) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: 10+
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Beer entered at Craven Arms (Black Country Inns)

Shiny Strong Pail - Calypso Amarillo 5%1/4/2016
Cloudwater IPA (Cask)7.2%1/2/2016
Thornbridge Baize5.5%12/22/2015
North Riding (East Ayton) Single Hop APA - Chinook4.2%12/22/2015
Sahtipaja Sjuhäradspilsner4.5%12/17/2015
Siren / Elusive Dinner for Nine4.1%12/17/2015
Thornbridge Windle6.2%12/17/2015
Blackjack Triskel4.8%12/17/2015
North Riding (East Ayton) Derwent Valley Porter (Coconut)4.5%12/17/2015
Revolutions Furry-tail of Yorkshire 4.5%12/17/2015
Thornbridge Made North3.8%12/13/2015
Anspach & Hobday The Altbier5.2%12/13/2015
Weird Beard Faithless Spreadsheet Ninja5.5%12/13/2015
AleSmith IPA7.25%12/13/2015
Three Boys Oyster Stout6.2%12/13/2015
Hop Studio Red3.8%12/13/2015
Weird Beard Black Christmas4.5%12/12/2015
Fallen Local Motive3.9%12/6/2015
Cigar City El Centro Citra and Simcoe Dry-Hopped Ale6.2%12/5/2015
Tiny Rebel Cereal Killer3%12/5/2015
Tigertops Blanche de Newland 4.6%11/28/2015
Tigertops Rhubarb4%11/28/2015
Wishbone Divination5.6%11/28/2015
Weird Beard Little Things That Kill 3.9%11/28/2015
Siren Pompelmocello 6%11/14/2015
Weird Beard No More Bright Ideas7.3%11/5/2015
Weird Beard Saison 145.5%11/5/2015
Weird Beard Decadence5.5%11/5/2015
Weird Beard Tsujigiri6.2%11/5/2015
Siren Fortuna’s Gift9.2%11/3/2015
Siren / Jackie O’s Quadrophenia (Bourbon BA)9.3%11/3/2015
Edge Brewing Soy Rodríguez5.3%10/28/2015
Renaissance Voyager India Pale Ale6%10/25/2015
Hopcraft Devilfish Ink5.8%10/25/2015
Hopcraft Citra Session4%10/25/2015
Alphabet A to the K Oatmeal Pale Ale5.6%10/13/2015
Siren / Elusive Dinner for Eight4.1%9/27/2015
Hopcraft Citra Plus5.4%9/27/2015
Waen Hanging Rock5.6%9/24/2015
Weird Beard The Duke Of Dank6.7%9/17/2015
Cloudwater Cream Ale4.8%9/15/2015
Cloudwater Summer Range - Lager5.5%9/15/2015
Cloudwater Autumn Range - Porter6%9/15/2015
Cloudwater Autumn Range - Red Ale4.8%9/15/2015
Cloudwater Summer Range - US Hopfen Weisse5.5%9/15/2015
Cloudwater Summer Range - APA5%9/15/2015
Cloudwater Autumn Range - IPA6.6%9/15/2015
Cloudwater Summer Range - Session IPA 4.3%9/15/2015
Cloudwater Farmhouse IPA6.8%9/15/2015
Squawk Pale Galena, Centennial4.1%8/20/2015
Imperial / Hamelsworde Yankee Doodle DanDale5%8/20/2015
Cloudwater Citrus Gose5.5%8/10/2015
Brick (UK) Sir Thomas Gardyner3.8%8/10/2015
North Riding (East Ayton) / Brass Castle Red Mosaic4%7/5/2015
Wild Weather / Hopcraft - Sunday League Relegation Play Offs (2nd leg)5.5%6/28/2015
Otherton Flying Dutchman5.3%6/28/2015
Weird Beard Five O’Clock Shadow 7.3%6/24/2015
Atom Schrodinger’s Cat3.5%6/19/2015
Magic Rock / Toccalmatto Custard Pie6.7%6/19/2015
Anspach & Hobday The Porter6.7%6/19/2015
Siren / Boneyard Dippy & The Equinox8.5%6/19/2015
LandLocked Cascadian Dark Ale7%6/19/2015
Anspach & Hobday The Framboise 4.5%6/16/2015
Beavertown / Boneyard Power of the Voodoo10%6/16/2015
Five Towns / North Riding OAP9.6%6/2/2015
Tyne Bank / Brass Castle Hearty Ale4.4%6/2/2015
Revolutions Happy Families4.5%6/2/2015
Cloudwater Session IPA4.8%5/17/2015
Fallen Platform C6.3%5/17/2015
Moor Return Of The Empire5.7%5/17/2015
Mikkeller Imperial India Pale Ale Simcoe8.9%5/17/2015
Shiny Strong Pail - Simcoe Cascade5%5/2/2015
Revolutions Severina 5%4/16/2015
Glentworth Mirage 4.2%4/16/2015
Mikkeller Simcoe Session IPA4.5%4/16/2015
Mikkeller Single Hop Mosaic IPA6.8%4/16/2015
Pentrich Northfield Garage 6.5%4/11/2015
Siren / Stillwater When The Light Gose Out4.6%4/9/2015
Clouded Minds N293.7%4/9/2015
Summer Wine Union Pale Ale4.1%4/9/2015
Summer Wine Mosaic Pale Ale4%4/9/2015
Fyne Ales / Siren Wee Milky Way3.1%3/28/2015
Shiny World Single Hop Series Pale: Endeavour 4.2%3/28/2015
Track Mazama5.5%3/28/2015
Mikkeller Single Hop Galaxy IPA6.8%3/28/2015
Steel City Mead From Hell5.5%3/9/2015
Five Towns Yorker4.4%3/8/2015
Pictish Alchemists Ale4.3%3/8/2015
Hopcraft Millennium Bug4.6%3/8/2015
Empire Mad Dogs4.3%2/27/2015
Brass Castle Burnout5.8%2/27/2015
Summer Wine The Riwaka Pale3.9%2/18/2015
To Øl Cloud 9 Wit4.6%2/18/2015
Orbit Nico4.8%2/18/2015
Clouded Minds Double Clout Stout6.6%2/17/2015
Brown Cow Captain Oates Dark Mild4.5%2/7/2015
Pig & Porter Neither Nor5%2/7/2015
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste  (142) , England | February 5, 2016
This is a great traditional pub with an excellent beer selection and guys behind the bar who know what to recommend. The sad part is that it is small and can get very busy.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
nearbeer  (224) Knoxville, Tennessee | January 8, 2016
Visited a few years ago but it doesn’t sound like things have changed much. A pleasant spot in a nice old building. Quite a convivial atmosphere. I recall a few English crap beers on tap but things may be different now. Certainly a decent enough spot to while away a little time on a (very) quiet Sunday evening. However, there weren’t many beery options around town so we were grateful for anything we could find - things seem to have improved somewhat since then. Which is good because Cambridge is a very pleasant place for a walkabout. Didn’t eat as we’d already done so elsewhere.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Scopey  (571) Croydon, England | November 2, 2015
I visited during the Cotteridge Convention in January 2015. The Craven Arms is a nice traditional boozer with a good array of cask ales. Has good local feel to it. As someone who rarely frequents the West Midlands pretty much all the beers were new. Among the low-boost golden ales there were a few more interesting offerings on cask and keg. Service was prompt and beer condition was good. Craven Arms is good choice on any respectable beer tour of central Birmingham.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Clembo1957  (105) Smethwick, England | October 7, 2015
Excellent Black Country Ales pub near to the Mailbox in Birmingham. Excellent selection of real ales including Black Country Ales and guests, good bottle menu.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2222) Washington, Washington DC | October 3, 2015
Although this is an older gentleman’s pub, I don’t mean that in a bad way. One large room, and the smokers spilling outside to drink on the kerb/curb. Lots of cask ales on, some of them craft, all of them pale except one. So, lots of choices, but not a lot of variety. Interesting bottles, don’t forget those. They had some craft events advertised, Meet the Brewer, etc, that looked interesting. Staff did well despite the throng of Saturday evening crowds. Good place overall.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
minutemat  (45) Shrewsbury, England | September 17, 2015| Updated November 3, 2015
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub  (730) Banbury, England | August 20, 2015
Aug ’15 mark 90. The pub get better all the time, particularly the choice of beers and the descriptions offered. Excellent.
Aug ’13, mark 86. Although I have visited Birmingham many times, this area was never one on the list to go to, this has now changed. Reasonably easy to get to through the Mailbox, the escalators taking out the climb. It can be spotted from the Mailbox, with its tiled exterior. It is now a welcoming, 1 roomed pub with the bar along the interior wall and kitchens behind. The beers are from the Black Country Brewery range plus brewery swaps in general, which at the moment, are giving an interesting choice. Sharon & Chris are really keen on their Real Ales and we are sure will always be offering a good spread of styles. It will now become a regular on our irregular Birmingham trips. A great start and addition to the City Centre scene.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
mcberko  (552) Vancouver, British Columbia | May 5, 2015
Very traditional English pub feel to this place but win an above average tap list. Most cask ales, though there are a few regular keg draughts, including a couple of Sirens, but the rest are standard English ales. Friendly service and standard prices. Nice place for a beer or two.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
b727trijet  (412) Isleworth, England | March 30, 2015
A well run pub catering for the discerning drinker.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Fin  (836) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 31, 2015
We visited here on Saturday 24th January 2015 we being me, Loz and Glen after the superb Cotteridge Convention. The Craven Arms was as far as I can recall close to the Mailbox. It was dark when we arrived so sadly I was unable to marvel at the exterior which I understand is pretty impressive as it is adorned with blue and gold majolica tiling. I was also unable to take in much of the interior of the place as it was absolutely rammed, (the entire RB Cotteridge contingent helped to fill the place) The beer choice was very, very good. I had a Revolutions Happy Family. Despite it being so busy we were served very swifly. I heard one of the barman talking to a customer and it was clear that they knew their stuff. I liked the pub but will have to re-rate as I was unable to really take in ny surroundings and describe the pub in detail as it was so busy.

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