LIVERPOOL & DISTRICTS CAMRA AWARD EVENING
Branch Chair Sonia James-Henry reports.
The branch's annual awards evening was held on 28th June. For the first time in many years the ceremony was blighted by inclement weather, fortunately, the KIND centre in the heart of Liverpool is an ‘all weather’ facility and we managed to keep dry and hold the proceedings in the gym.
The first award to be presented this year was for ‘Community Pub of the Year’ and went to a suburban pub in the heart of the original Bootle Village. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main business area the Jawbone serves a great pint of real ale in a pub buzzing with locals chatting over a beer or two.
Next up was the Cider Pub of the Year, another award for our Pub of the Year – Cask. Presented by our Cider Officer, Steve Berks, it was the quality of the cider that stood out here and the fact that it was sold at a fair price. This one had been kept under wraps and genuinely came as a great surprise to recipients Ian and Michelle.
The third award was for the best 'newcomer'. This went to Mackenzies on Rodney Street. Manager Gavin had yet to return from Glastonbury, so could not receive the award in person. A number of people did move on to the pub after the awards ceremony had finished, to enjoy the good beer on tap there.
Brewer of the Year went to Les O’Grady of Neptune Brewery and was presented by our Neptune Brewery Liaison Officer, Sue Daniels. Whilst the brewery has only been open for a fairly short time their Abyss beer has already won two awards – runner up in the Beer of the Festival competition at our own beer festival and the overall winner at the Southport Beer Festival.
As last year, our Bar Person of the Year went out to the branch for nominations, this year the winner was Joe Power from the Dispensary. Although Joe was not at the ceremony, branch member Bob Doyle, who was one of those who nominated Joe for the award, gave a heartfelt speech praising Joe’s tenacity as a bar man.
Our LocAle co-ordinator, Andre Fu, presented the next award, to Liverpool’s only brew pub the Baltic Fleet, Andre praised the pub for consistently having a wide range of top quality beer from a variety of local breweries
Finally, our Pubs of Excellence received their awards, winners of which had been chosen by a branch vote. The pubs recognised this year were, the Roscoe Head, Lime Kiln, Dispensary and the Frank Hornby.
The overall winner and our Pub of the Year 2016, as previously announced, is of course Cask. Ian and Michelle were on hand to pick up the shield. Ian thanked the branch for their support and his friend, life-long CAMRA member Roy Corlett, for his help in setting up the pub.
Finally, our 2016 Beer Festival Organiser, Doug Macadam, presented Steve Yip of KIND, our festival chosen charity, with a cheque for £1,400 raised at this year's event in the Crypt. Steve thanked the branch and said this would make a massive difference to the children who use to centre.
A big thank you to Steve and his staff for their hospitality and congratulations to all our award winners.