It wasn't always like that as the link will show. In fact some of the best beer/ales are brewed today in monasteries, principally in mainland Europe - Belgium in many instances. Church House Inns are to be found in may small towns and villages. Were there any in Birmingham in what is considered Birmingham today as many were probably be in the former constituent counties I guess.I have put a number of pics of old Yardley village for example on facebooks east birmingham past and present. What did you mean by "the dark building"? The building that was once the Cottagers Institute is supposed to have been built on the site of the Ring O Bells after there were complaints about alcohol being sold close to the church. The pub moved further along Church Rd to the site next to the Nunnery where it remained, being replaced with a new bldg in 1939. This was burned down (surprise surprise) and housing built on the site.
There is another bldg which looks like an old inn but it has been pain