Friday, 1 June 2018

Kinver Brewery Beer Pump Clip Art Designs

Kinver Brewery are pleased to be associated with the artist Karen Perrins who has been commissioned for her splendid artwork for the collectable Kinver Brewery beer pump clips. 

Karen  has over sixteen years experience of illustration commissions in the UK and USA.  Her clients include Ragged Bears, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Quarto Children's Books, Lindt and Sprungli, TES, Harcourt International (USA), Cambium Learning (USA), The Book Guild, Parragon, Folens, Minerva, A & C Black, Reed Books, Splimple, Bender Richardson White, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, A Child's World (USA), Scholastic and of course Kinver Brewery.

Karen works in watercolour, pastels, oil pastels and printmaking techniques. Her work can be found in children's books, commissioned greetings cards, book jackets, packaging design, editorial work and Kinver Brewery beer clips.

The Kinver Brewery beer pump clips are popular collectables for breweriana collectors,  and many can now be found for sale on e-bay or can even be converted to a clock

Kinver Edge
A beer engine is name of the beer dispenser device for manually pumping beer from a cask in the pub's cellar to the bar.  It was invented by John Lofting, a Dutch inventor, merchant, and manufacturer who moved from Amsterdam to London around 1688.  He became an English citizen and patented a number of inventions including a device for pumping beer.  The London Gazette of 17 March 1691 stated "the patentee hath also projected a very useful engine for starting of beers and other liquors which will deliver from 20 to 30 barrels an hour which are completely fixed with brass joints and screws at reasonable rates."

The locksmith and hydraulic engineer Joseph Bramah developed the beer pump handle in 1797, co-incidentally  the same year as the Stourbridge wine and Kinver Beer merchant, Nickolls and Perks were founded.    Bramah also invented the Bramah Water Closet in 1778, an important predecessor of the pub loo.
Strangers Bar
The beer engine pulls the beer through a flexible pipe from the cask to the spout, below which the glass is placed.  A nozzle on the spout controls the amount of head on the beer.

A skilled barman will hold the glass at an angle to the pump whilst filling the glass, gradually moving the glass upright as it fills. The glass should not be filled, and the beer should be allowed to settle for a brief period before topping up  to ensure that a full pint of Kinver beer is served.

The clip is attached to the handle by a spring clip giving the brand name of the Kinver Beer as well as the alcoholic strength of the beer being served through that handpump.  A much more stylish and practical bar pump than the large,  tasteless fonts that decorate a simple on or off valve for CO2 dispensed beer.

The handle of a handpump is often used as a symbol of cask ale.

Information on the beer engine is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Friday, 4 May 2018


Kinver Brewery,  Kinver,  Stourbridge,  DY7 5NW, West Midlands 

Over the Edge - West Midlands Barley Wine / Strong Ale Champion 2018
Kinver Brewery is an award winning independent brewery located on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Kinver, 1 mile from the centre of the village, close to Kinver Edge and the troglodyte Rock Houses.

The brewery was established in 2004 by Dave Kelly and Ian Davies, and the first beers were launched to the general public at the Dudley Winter Ales Fair in November  2004, with extra supplies having to be drafted in after quickly selling out.  The brewery was originally located in the village centre, but relocated in 2012 due to development plans for the original site, and were lucky to find new premises at Rocky Wall, probably the only suitable site within the parish.

The move to the new brewery provided the opportunity to grow, and capacity was increased with the installation of a new liquor tank, mash tun, and copper with further expansions planned with additional larger fermenters.
Traditional floor malted Maris Otter barley and hops from a wide range of sources including Worcestershire, America, Czech Rebublic and Germany are used to brew distinctive golden and hoppy beers, milds and stouts.  Kinver Brewery has won many National and Local awards, and Kinver "Over the Edge" was the Gold Medal Champion Winter Beer of Great Britain in 2014 in the barley wine & strong old ale category.

Browse our web site for a virtual visit to the Brewery,  and to find out about the Kinver Brewery Company.    You can explore the Brewery on our interactive brewing process diagram.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with the brewers please call us on 07715842679 or 07906146777 or e-mail us at

Kinver Brewery, Unit 1 Britch Farm, Rocky Wall, Compton, Kinver, Staffordshire, DY7 5NW


We only use 4 ingredients to produce our beers - malted barley, water, hops and yeast. We also use finings for clarity.

Where can you drink Kinver near you?  Check at #LETSAVADRINK of Kinver.

Registered Office - The Kinver Brewery Limited, 1 Franchise Street, Kidderminster, Worcs,DY11 6RE.  Registered in England 069337607