Welcome to the APRIL edition of the Liverpool & Districts CAMRA Branch Newsletter
Any opinions expressed in this newsletter is that of the writers and not necessarily the same as CAMRA or the branch.
A big thank-you to all this month's contributors that have help me put this together...
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Copy date for MAY newsletter: Saturday, 29th April
The April Newsletter can also be downloaded173.11 KB18/04/2017, 13:41
Lots going on in Waterloo this month...
The Four Ashes finally opened it's doors on 21st March. This new micro-pub further enhances the real ale scene in and around South Road. There are 6 handpulls, real cider & perry as well as continental bottled beers, premium vodkas & gins, wine and quality soft drinks also available. Tea & coffee served. Bar Snacks on offer.
For opening hours: check www.Whatpub.com (subject to change at short notice)
SPECIAL OFFER: During APRIL, all cask ales on WEDNESDAY ONLY are £2.50/pt
23 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD
A few doors down, The Ferndale Lodge, has been refurbished and is now simply called the Ferndale. It has now had a handpull installed but currently only sells Doom Bar but there are plans to have more pumps installed so a wider range of beers can be offered.
15 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD
Meanwhile, throughout April, Stamps Too has a special offer on cask ales.
Tuesday 5-7pm / Wednesday 5-7pm / Thursday 3-5pm
All cask ales BELOW 4.5% are £2.00/pt ( usually £2.80)
99 South Road, Waterloo, L22 0LR
...lastly...The Old Bank, is due to re-open shortly after a period of closure due to a dispute regarding increased rent costs. The bar is currently being fitted out and will have an extra handpull fitted to make FIVE in all. They hope to continue offering local beers as well as a real cider. An official opening date has yet to be confirmed but it is hoped it will be before the end of this month.
34 South Road,Waterloo, L22 5PE
Here is a list of branch events and other real ale events known to the branch.
13th April. Meet up at the Ship & Mitre Wirral Beer Festival, Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight
20th April. Train Trip to St Helens. Meet at Lime St in time for 11:28 train
3rd May. Committee meeting at Caledonia, Catherine St 7:30pm, followed by social
6th May coach to Stonehouse Brewery/Oswestry, 1050 Ship & Mitre.
No First Sunday Meet Up this month.
10th May Mild Month Pub Crawl, start 7pm Blackburne Arms.
17th May Branch Get Together & POTY presentation, 8pm Cask Micropub, 438 Queens Drive.
18th May Day Out in Preston. Meet at Ormskirk Rail Stn for 1152 train or 1055 at Court Leet for breakfast.
I am surprised more people are not sending in details of events for the diary, surely there are more!
Sanctuary Bar opened on 31st March. This venue is "free of tie", allowing a wide variety of beers to be stocked. Up to 6 Cask Ales on offer,covering the range from light to dark and including local beers. Craft Ales on Tap, Craft Cider, over 50 Bottled Beers & Ciders, which are available to drink on and off the premises.
As the name suggests, aims to be a ' a haven for wayfarers to seek refuge and shoot the breeze, without pomp or pretence'. Coffee and soft drinks available from 8am (ex. Sun)
CAMRA members receive a 10% discount on real ale on production of a valid card.
Monday Madness - all draught real ale £3.00/pt with a further 10% off with CAMRA Membership. Just say 'Twitter' when ordering.
72 Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JN
Twitter:@sanctuaryBarLiv; Tel: 0151 703 0116
The Scotch Piper re-opened on the first day of the Grand National (6th April) after being devastated by a fire which destroyed the thatched roof. New licensees Colin Rimmer and Jamie Green have taken on the historical site. The Scotch is now open 12noon – 12 midnight every day. After an investment of more than £140,000 the 15th century pub and Lancashire's oldest pub, is set to welcome customers back.
Southport Road, Lydiate, L31 4HD
The lease at the Derby Arms (Allerton Road,) has now been taken over by the current licensees of the Gardeners Arms in Vale Roadd and is being run as a sister pub. They have reinstated real ale again - Doom Bar and Greene King IPA. They now have live music on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Also simple bar snacks are being served during the day, sandwiches, pizza a etc up until 6pm. The pub is getting a full refurb in the very near future...which is wonderful news !
160-162 Allerton Road, Woolton, L25 7RH
Craft Taproom opened on 7th April. It describes itself as “a bar with a wide selection of craft beers, ciders and spirits, and an awesome live space too”. Advertised opening hours are 4pm -11:30pm each day. On Tuesdays, you can get 4 bottles or cans for £12 all night ....from a pretty massive selection. Two real ale handpulls are due to be installed very soon.
174 Smithdown Road, L15 3JR
The Hare & Hounds in West Derby Village re-opened on 5th April after a £150,000 makeover by it's owners, Stonegate. The re-vamp includes a new beer garden and TV screens. Three cask ale pumps have been added showcasing ales such as Bombardier,Green King IPA and Hobgoblin accompanied by craft alternatives such as Hophouse 13. They have also added seven new botanical gins, cocktails, a vast range of wines and barista-made coffee to their offering. At the weekend, there will be DJs and live entertainment plus Monday night poker, Tuesday night sport, Wednesday night quiz and Thursday open mic night.
9 West Derby Village, West Derby, L12 5HJ
Elsewhere in West Derby, we have been told that the Halton Castle has REDUCED their handpulls in operation to TWO due to lack of demand for real ale..let's hope this is only temporary !
86 Mill Lane, West Derby, L12 7JD
Use www.whatpub.com to check the opening times of the above venues
Big Bog (Speke) have taken delivery of and installed a new 10bbl fermenter to their existing kit making 3 fermenters in all. They have also ordered an additional 100 stainless steel casks to help them keep up with demand. They have also release a new beer, Stog ( 4.1%) is a milk stout and is available in pubs now.
Neptune (Maghull) have two new beers out now in pubs. Poseidon (4.8%) is an orange pale ale brewed using Cascade & Amarillo hops with added orange peel. Big Sur (4.5%) is a West Coast pale ale. As with all their beers, both these are unfined and follows on after Les's (the brewer) new stout, Undercurrent (4.7%), brewed using Challanger and Tradtion hops with an addition of raisins and a combination of 6 malts.
Joe Murphy, the brewer from The Ship & Mitre (Liverpool) has brewed 4 new specials and they will feature at the Wirral Easter Beer Festival at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight. The names to watch out for are Cuckoo, Mackintosh, Oriel and Futurist.
If the volume of responses is anything like last year's you won't get an individual response but we will post a summery of the comments on the Web site.
Admissions Manager, Liverpool Beer Festival 2017