Step inside a small modern-looking bar on Constitution Hill in the Jewellery Quarter, and it won’t take long to figure out that you’re in the home of some serious beer heads. The wall behind the bar is ladened with pump clips from beers gone by, and empty bottles of all shapes and sizes stand proudly on shelves that run throughout the space. Multiple fridges illuminate their cramped interiors, with cool and colourful cans from breweries across the globe packed into them like tinned sardines. It’s like stepping inside a busy gallery of delights, and you can visually get your fill before even taking your first sip.
This is The Wolf - a contemporary craft beer bar that’s leading the scene with its seemingly endless selection of beverages from the best breweries around. We’re talking brews from the likes of Left Handed Giant (Bristol) and DEYA (Cheltenham) to Anchor Brewing Co. (California) and 8 Wired (New Zealand). It’s a real gem to visit for any budding craft beer enthusiast on the quest to discover that next big drink.
But, believe it or not, we don’t just head here for the beer. The Wolf also serve up some cracking food that we keep heading back for. They’ve designed a menu of eats that they think work particularly well with beer, which includes cheese and charcuterie boards, wholesome pies with a hearty portion of mash, and these seriously soul warming toasties (the four cheese sandwich stuffed with smoked cheddar, emmental, vintage cheddar and blue is our personal favourite, and pairs perfectly with a light IPA).
On Sundays, they also turn out a masterful roast that’s guaranteed to knock away those end-of-weekend blues. We always opt for the three course set-menu to ensure we conclude the meal with their freshly prepared desserts. As a main, our pick is the vegan mushroom and spinach wellington with roast potatoes, sage and swede mash, “honey” roasted veg, and shredded greens and peas.
The Wolf is a brilliant example of how people are turning their passions into refreshing venues. If you’re into craft beer, then this is a must visit.