5 new Birmingham beers to look out for, including a special Sidewalk Cinema release

Cinematic Sour by Cahaba Brewing Co
Cinematic Sour is the official sour beer of the Sidewalk Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Cahaba Brewing Co

The great thing about the breweries of Birmingham is their ability to continuously brew small batches of new craft beer to try. Check out some of the recent and upcoming releases that have been brewed by your locals. Cheers!

1) Cinematic Sour (Cahaba Brewing Co.)

New Birmingham Beer called Cinematic Sour by Cahaba Brewing Co
Cinematic Sour is released Monday, August 19. Photo courtesy of Cahaba Brewing Co

Read this in a classic movie trailer deep voice…

A new Birmingham beer brought to you by Cahaba Brewing Co., Cinematic Sour (4.1%ABV) will be available as 6 packs from Monday, August 19 (3PM).


Created for the Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema (and official sour of the Sidewalk Film Festival)  the second pilot batch of this berliner weisse has a hint of pink guava and a punch of passion fruit. Delicately pale orange in color. It’s ‘tart without being over the top’.

Bonus – if you swing by the Cahaba Brewing Taproom and enter the raffle on release day, you could win two weekend tickets to the Sidewalk Film Fest! More info on their Facebook and Instagram channels.

 2) Cooper’s Coffee Pale Ale (Back Forty Beer Company)

A dog looking at a New Birmingham Beer called Coopers Coffee Pal Ale by Back Forty Beer Company
Cooper’s Coffee Pale Ale can be enjoyed with friends AND pets! Photo courtesy of Back Forty Beer Company

Can’t decide between a cup of joe or a glass of beer? Coming soon to Back Forty Beer Company, Cooper’s Coffee Pale Ale (5.5%ABV) is being brewed in collaboration with Seeds Coffee in Homewood. Sounds great!


This coffee pale ale has a light citrus hop background with a mellow, fruit forward coffee blend to create an extremely drinkable ale.

Keep an eye out on Back Forty’s Facebook and Instagram for the official release date!

3) Pau Hana Punch (Ghost Train Brewing Co.)

New Birmingham Beer called Pau Hana Punch by Ghost Train Brewing Co
Pau Hana is Hawaiian for ‘time of relaxation’. Photo courtesy of Ghost Train Brewing Company

Pau Hana is Hawaiian for a time of relaxation, and Pau Hana Punch Smoothie Sour (6%ABV) is a great beer to battle this summer’s heatwave from Ghost Train Brewing Company


It has a ‘tart wheat base, smoothed with lactose’ and is ‘absolutely blown out with heaps of fresh mango, tangerine, and passionfruit’. It’s a tropical delight!

Check out the competition they have on their Facebook and Instagram feeds to win super cool Pau Hana Punch Yeti cooler (closes Labor Day).

4) Birmingham Tea Party (Birmingham District Brewing)

New Birmingham Beer called Birmingham Tea Party by Birmingham District Brewing, next to two Nintendo 64 controllers
Play retro video games and enjoy The Birmingham Tea Party. Photo via Birmingham District Brewing Company

As a Brit, I did a double take to make sure it wasn’t The Boston Tea Party! Ha!


The Birmingham Tea Party (4%ABV) is a session IPA is aged with Earl Grey Tea! It’s refreshing, fragrant and perfect for these hot summer days.

How is it made? Birmingham District Brewing Co. say, ‘caramel malts bring out a beautiful, light and malty backbone, while Idaho 7, Citra, and Lemondrop hops help balance out the flavor profile’. It’s then aged with five pounds of Earl Grey tea, to create a sweet, earthy, and citrusy beer.

Check out the latest about their beers and classic video gaming nights on Facebook and Instagram.


5) Margarita Blood Orange Gose (TrimTab Brewing)

New Birmingham Beer called Margartia Blood Orange Gose by TrimTab brewing
A dose of vitamin C from Trim Tab Brewing Co. Photo via TrimTab Brewing Co

For this new Birmingham beer, TrimTab Brewing Co. have added Himalayan pink salt to their Gose base, and then they ‘overflowed the tank with citrusy tangerine, pungent blood orange puree and bright lime peel’.

Margarita Blood Orange Goze (4.8%ABV) tastes similar to a blood orange ice popsicle which is well needed in this weather – a true summer thirst quencher. It might even count towards daily vitamin C intake?!

More info about their beers is available on their Facebook and Instagram channels.


Read our guide to the best beers for the summer brewed in Birmingham

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Author: Jon Eastwood

Originally from Wales (UK) and a fluent Welsh speaker. Longtime sustainability and recycling champion. Former county recycling manager in the UK. Career highlights include introducing innovative recycling systems and achieving a point where households throw out trash just once a month. Competed in international coastal rowing championships and followed Wales throughout Europe in their Rugby and Soccer endeavours.