Major investment triggers First new davenports bar in over 30 years!

Major investment triggers First new davenports bar in over 30 years!

The first of Our new Dares from Davenports craft beer and cocktail cafe’s will open in March 2016 at the Old Police Station, The Big Peg in Hockley, Birmingham

With over 186 years heritage in Birmingham, Davenports is synonymous with the City and its brewing heritage. Empire Star who have owned the Davenports brands for over 10 years have embarked on a series of expansion projects looking to re-establish the famous Birmingham Beer Brands in the free trade and via our new managed pub/bar estate.

The opening will be the first of many following the company securing over 10 million pounds investment which will drive the redevelopment of the whole business. The investment will allow us to acquire new Davenports and Dares venues, invest in the existing pub estate such as the City Tavern, facilitate brewery expansion and develop other sites such as Highgate Brewery in Walsall.

A key part of our investment plan is the development of our brands,  to rekindle the love of the traditional Davenports beers and engage the growing ”Craft Beer” with the resurrected Dares beers and venues.

The original Dares Southend Brewery was located on Belgrave Road, Balsall Heath Birmingham, and dates back to 1927 in 1962 the brewery was acquired by Davenports.
Dares Cafe will be a new Licensed Bar offering an eclectic blend of Craft Beer, Cocktails, Coffee blended with casual open grill style street food in a boutique atmosphere

The first of these Dares Cafe’s is planned to be located in the Old Police Station, The Big Peg,  Vyse Street at the heart of the vibrant Jewellery Quarter. The venue will be one of the first in Birmingham to offer brewery fresh tank beer, transported just 5 miles from our brewery and dispensed from large 500 litre tanks hung from the ceiling.  Tank beer preserves the beers freshness and offers a unique taste, as if you're drinking it in the brewery itself!

Davenports have recently relaunched several “revival” cask beer into the freetrade with great success. The beers are revisions of some of the classic recipes with Davenports Original and Pale alongside the famous Highgate Mild and Old Ale.

The coming year will involve half a dozen new or refurbished venues, with a five year plan of 50.

Simon Key the Marketing and Brand Director for Davenports commented
“We are excited with the opportunity to bring back these historic brands to Birmingham. The new venues will reflect our heritage, be quirky, unique, comfortable and fun.  You will be able to get great beer of all styles from all over the world, a cocktail or a coffee.
We have several planned openings in the city, all fit the similar demographical nature of Hockley as urban villages, where people live work and play.

The first two bars have attained £100,000 match funding from the “The Birmingham Post Growth Fund” which is part of the Government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF).  This was awarded as the first two new bars will create over 20 new jobs in the City.

We will now be on a recruitment drive and are looking for the best managers in the region to join with us on this exciting chapter of the historic brands story. If you feel you have what it takes we “dare” you to get in contact at recruitment@davenports.co.uk