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Pub of the year

The deadline for nominations for this year's Pub of the Year (POTY) competition has now passed.

The number of votes cast, through various means, is UP from last year.

In no particular order, this year’s shortlist consists of:

1) DISPENSARY, Renshaw Street (City Centre)

2) LIME KILN, Fleet Street (City Centre)

3) FRANK HORNBY, Eastway, Maghull (Suburb)

4) THE GRAPES, Knight Street (City Centre)

5) CASK, Queens Drive, Stoneycroft (Suburb)

The judges have been appointed and informed. As the POTY co-ordinator, it is I who appoints the judges and only I know who they all are. There are more judges than ever before and, for the second year running, some of them are non-committee members to both maintain transparency and to give some local members a flavour of how the competition is administered.

They have until mid-March to visit EACH pub at least TWICE and score each visit and then send their findings into me. They will be using NATIONAL scoring criteria as approved by CAMRA HQ.

The branch POTY will be the one with the highest, overall aggregate score and will be announced officially at the MARCH Get-together on March 22nd and then posted on social media followed by the branch website.

Andre Fu

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Other Pub News

OTHER PUB NEWS
City Centre

As I write this I am supping a nice pint of George Wright Cheeky Pheasant in the Victoria Cross on Sir Thomas Street. Not so many pubs in the City Centre regularly stock George Wright. beers.https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/49/victoria-cross-liverpool

Congratulations are in order to Chris and his entire team, as the Lime Kiln was the Overall Winner of the Real Ale & Craft Beer Award at this year’s Wetherspoon Pub Awards. This is not the first time they have received recognition, last year they were declared as Regional Winner in the same category, but now they have gone one better by scooping the top award.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/62/lime-kiln-liverpool

On the other side of Concert Square, the Crafty Chandler operated by Stonegate, has recently had a change in management. Since then different beers have been available. On a recent visit, Spellbound from Osset brewery was available alongside the usual Wychwood Hobgoblin and Wells Bombardier.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/257/crafty-chandler-liverpool

Ranelagh's Tavern has been stocking beers from Bowland Brewery during October. The price has attracted many drinkers, who might normally drink keg beers, to enjoy the cask beer.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/491/ranelaghs-tavern-liverpool

The Blarney Stone on Renshaw Street has not been so successful in attracting people to drink cask beer despite the signage informing people it was available. Cask beer has not been available recently.

Hard Times & Misery had Britman IPA from Burton Manor on tap during October. This was the first time one of their beers has gone in to a Liverpool pub. This continued Greig's policy of stocking beers from as many breweries in the area as possible. HT&M has now introduced a Cask Ale Club. The Club operates on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays ONLY. As well as there being a 50p reduction in the cost of a pint of real ale, you will also be given a stamp card. Get it stamped every time you buy a pint, when you get ten stamps, your next pint will be FREE.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/426/hard-times-misery-liverpool

The Esperanza on Hope Street has been rebranded as the Death Row Diner and no longer sells real ale.


Baltic Triangle

We have been informed by a member via WhatPub that Constellations on Freeland Street will not be selling real ale through the winter. With much of the venue being outdoors, it will be quieter.

Not far away at the Baltic Social, the handpump was not in use on my last two visits.

Over the other side of Parliament Street, at the Brewery Tap Titanic, Plum Porter is becoming a favourite.

Unfortunately, due to large demand, Robert from the Six Degrees North brewery has not been able to supply Tom, the publican here, with beer recently. Hopefully these Scottish beers will be back on the bar at the Brewery Tap soon. Meanwhile bottles are still available.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/36/brewery-tap-liverpool

Aigburth

Love & Rockets has not been brewing their range of craft keg beers recently. Cask ales are still on sale here.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/352/love-rockets-liverpool

Recently the Old Bank at Aigburth Vale has been selling beers from Clark of Wakefield, along side the regular beers from Big Bog.

https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/358/old-bank-liverpool

Crosby

The Workshop at 47 Crosby Road North, L22 4QB, formerly known as Charlie Parkers, is a bar/restaurant. Drinkers are welcome in the downstairs bar where local bottled beers from Neptune, Red Star and Rock the Boat are available. The current management are considering cask beer. Rock the Boat brewery has been giving manager Steve advice and also hope to have a presence there in addition to their bottled beers. Opening times: Wednesday and Thursday 5.00pm to midnight. Friday and Saturday 3.00pm to midnight, Sunday midday to 10.30pm.

The Corner Post is expanding their range of bottled beers. The bottle stock will be different from the cask. Geoff and Janice have found darker beers sell better in bottle at the pub. They expect to stock from Rock the Boat, Neptune and other local brewers.
The Corner Post is hosting a 'Whisky/Whiskey' tasting night on Monday 21st November at 6.00pm. Eight whiskies will be available for the tutored sampling session. Tickets, limited to 30, are available in the pub, cost £20.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/401/corner-post-liverpool

Dark Star brewery Partridge (4.0%) was available in the Birkey recently. The manager occasionally puts on surprise beers beside the Greene King cask offer.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/98/birkey-liverpool

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Award Evening 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A big thank you to Steve and his staff for their hospitality and congratulations to all our award winners.

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Award Evening 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A big thank you to Steve and his staff for their hospitality and congratulations to all our award winners.

 

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Awards 2015

IMAG4145“The Awards evening is a Celebration of all our Real Ale Pubs and an opportunity to recognise and reward pubs and people that have made a significant contribution to real ale in Liverpool.” With these words Sonia James-Henry, the Chair of Liverpool CAMRA Branch, introduced the 2015 Awards Night.


Best Newcomer Award – the Pen Factory, Hope Street Sonia commented that since opening in December 2015, the Pen Factory had rapidly set high standards for its real ale and for its quality food. The Award was collected by proprietor Paddy Byrne, who after over forty years running the Everyman Bistro and having won a shed load of awards in the process, found it rather touching to now be described as the Best Newcomer ! Sonia also highlighted the loss of a good real ale pub, the James Munroe on Tithbarn Street, which had been in contention for the Best Newcomer Award, but had closed some weeks earlier due, it was reported, to difficulty in making the pub viable given high levels of rent for the building – an all too common story in a climate where pubs nationally are closing at the rate of 29 a week.

Community Pub Award – the Scotch Piper, Lydiate, Lancashire The Award was introduced by Liverpool CAMRA Committee member Sue Daniels, who described how the licensees Phil and Julie had taken on the thatched roofed Piper, the oldest pub in Lancashire, and had not only developed a reputation for the quality of the real ale, but had also enhanced the pub’s contribution to the community. They organised a series of charitable events, gave support to local organisations and continued to host the weekly gathering of motor bikers and the local scouts who ran a burger stall to feed the Hungry Bikers. She commented that when the pub was burgled with major damage done by a major water leak caused by the forced entry, the thieves had left a note apologising for the damage to the pub ! Accepting the Award, Phil and Julie said that the CAMRA Award meant, “a hell of a lot to us.” They were new to the pub business and had set out to put new life into the pub and the Award was a great encouragement to them.


Renaissance Pub - the Pumphouse, Albert Dock. Sonia explained that the Renaissance Award was for a pub that had either introduced real ale in a pub where it was not previously sold, or had greatly improved the quality or the range of the real ales already on offer. The Pumphouse is a Greene King pub which is in a prime location on the Albert Dock, but had been offering only a very limited range of real ales. The pub managers had decided to greatly expand the range of real ales from 3 to 10 hand pumps and to offer beers from breweries beyond the Greene King group, with beers from the likes of Liverpool Organic Brewery, Skinners and Robinsons now appearing regularly. Tracey, Clare, Ryan and Bill from the Pumphouse were in attendance to receive the Award.


LocAle Pub of the Year – Stamps Too, Crosby Liverpool CAMRA LocAle officer Andre Fu, announced the Locale Award, commenting that it was awarded to the pub that had been the first winner of the Award when it was introduced. Since then Stamps Too had consistently promoted LocAles (those brewed within 30 miles of the pub), with LocAles being in the majority of beers on the bar. Licensee Frank received the Award and thanked CAMRA for the hard work they did in promoting pubs and real ale.


Bar Person of the Year Award Kim Broughton, the Baltic Fleet, Wapping This was introduced by CAMRA member Dave Jones and was awarded to Kim Broughton of the Baltic Fleet, Wapping. Dave commended Kim’s personality, attitude and customer service in a role that is the essential interface between the customer and the beers. This is a role which can make or break a pub and the customer experience, leading either to the loss of a customer or a satisfied customer who returns again. The bar person was central to the success of a pub.


Brewer of the Year - Angus Morrison, Wapping Brewery. Angus Morrison had taken over from long time Wapping brewer, the legendary Stan Shaw. This was some challenge, but Angus had risen to it and had also put his own stamp and personality on the Wapping beers. Introducing the Award, Sonia described the Baltic Fleet as a great pub with great Wapping beers which were brewed beneath your feet in the cellar brewery. Accepting the Award, Angus described how it had been a big challenge taking over from Stan, but hoped he had justified the faith placed in him and that customers enjoyed his beers. Angus commented that he loved making beer and that his message was; ‘Drink Beer, Be Happy’.


Real Cider Pub of the Year - the Augustus John, Peach Street off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool University Liverpool CAMRA Cider Officer Steve Berks introduced the Award, which for the fifth time was being awarded to the Augustus John, known to many as the AJ. In addition the AJ had also twice won the CAMRA Regional Cider pub of the year Award, demonstrating the excellent range and quality of the real ciders and perries sold there. The AJ had also worked closely with Liverpool CAMRA in promoting real cider to customers and especially students. The Award was collected by Jim Townson from the AJ.


The Four Liverpool CAMRA Pubs of Excellence 2015 Sonia introduced the four Pubs of Excellence, explaining that these had been the finalists for the Liverpool CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015. They were;

The Dispensary, Renshaw Street – “always offering excellent beer quality”

The Ship and Mitre, Dale Street, “a pub on many people’s itinerary when visiting Liverpool”

The Lime Kiln, Concert Square “a Wetherspoon pub with a range of 12 real ales”
The Pi Bar, Rose Lane, Mossley Hill. A small neighbourhood bar which has been so successful it has had to expand into the shop next door.


The Liverpool Pigeon, Endbutt Lane, Crosby Sonia introduced the Award with the words, “a great little pub with a fantastic atmosphere, excellent beer quality, a varied clientele and also dog friendly. A deserved winner for the second year running” Accepting the Award, licensee Pat Moore said, “it is an honour to win this award for the second year running. It has been an exciting time opening, running and developing the pub. We want to showcase beer and serve it in top condition. We are looking to offer more beers including those from two new local micro breweries. I would also like to thank our staff, Ian and Geoff, for the great contribution they make to the pub.”

 

This article first appeared in Merseyale Autumn 2015

The deadline for the Liverpool and Districts Membership to cast their nominations for pubs to be entered into this year's Pub of the Year (POTY) competition has now passed. The votes have been counted, the short-list drawn up and the judges appointed. The short-list comprises of three city-centre pubs and two from the suburbs - see list below. The judges have been contacted individually and anonymously, and only myself as the competition Coordinator, knows who all the judges are.
They have been given the nationally agreed CAMRA criteria against which the pubs will be assessed. Judges should visit each pub AT LEAST TWICE on different days and at different times of day to get a fair impression of the pub.

The winner of the competition will be formally announced initially on our local Branch website through social media and then again at our Get-Together at the Vernon Arms on Wednesday, 16th March. A formal presentation of the award will be made in April.


• The Dispensary,87 Renshaw Street, L1 2SP
• The Roscoe Head, 24 Roscoe St, L1 2SX
• The Lime Kiln, Concert Square, L1 4NR
• Cask 438 Queens Drive, Stoneycroft, L13 0AR
• The Frank Hornby, Eastway, L31 6BR

Andre Fu - Pub of the Year Co-ordinator

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