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Wirral Beer Festival

Thursday, 26th – Sunday, 29th October

Wirral Beer Festival – Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight

100 cask ales available;  50 ciders; 100 Craft, USA & Continental beers; Premium Gin & Spirits bar.

Live Music & Food

Tickets available from Eventbrite

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Ship & Mitre Brewing

Ship Mitre BeersThe Ship & Mitre is now brewing, not at the pub, but using the Stamps brewery.
Joe Murphy brews at weekends and has his own fermenters.
Beers are
Sublime 3.8 Citrus beer
Level 4.2 Bitter
Silhouette 4.5 Stout
Radiant 5.0 Light stronger ale
One or two of these are normally available at the bar.
Ben reports four different beers will be brewed for their Wirral Beer Festival.
The outside of the Ship has been repainted and with new signage looks smart.

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Ship and Mitre to Brew

Pubs 019HEADLINE NEWS 2 – SHIP & MITRE TO BREW
Andre Fu reports
The Ship & Mitre to offer their own beer...soon! 
It was only a matter of time and now that time is here! It has come to our attention that in the next few weeks the Ship & Mitre will be selling their own beer through one or more of their handpulls. 
Exact details are sketchy at the moment and things are still very much under development. But is this what we do know ….. 
Staff members in the pub have developed and brewed four different styles of beer in collaboration with a brewer, Joe Murphy, using the kit at Stamps Brewery in Kirkdale. 
There is to be a sessional pale ale, a bitter, an IPA and a stout. I have seen a sneak preview of the pump clip designs (very good they look too!) and the proposed names of the beers, but as they are still waiting to be signed-off, I cannot confirm anything in this particular article. 
Ben Garner did however say that he hopes to have at least two of the beers on sale within by the middle of June. No doubt we will all be informed nearer the time through the pub's very active social media output. 
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/16/ship-mitre-liverpool

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Ship and Mitre to Brew

Pubs 019HEADLINE NEWS 2 – SHIP & MITRE TO BREW
Andre Fu reports
The Ship & Mitre to offer their own beer...soon! 
It was only a matter of time and now that time is here! It has come to our attention that in the next few weeks the Ship & Mitre will be selling their own beer through one or more of their handpulls. 
Exact details are sketchy at the moment and things are still very much under development. But is this what we do know ….. 
Staff members in the pub have developed and brewed four different styles of beer in collaboration with a brewer, Joe Murphy, using the kit at Stamps Brewery in Kirkdale. 
There is to be a sessional pale ale, a bitter, an IPA and a stout. I have seen a sneak preview of the pump clip designs (very good they look too!) and the proposed names of the beers, but as they are still waiting to be signed-off, I cannot confirm anything in this particular article. 
Ben Garner did however say that he hopes to have at least two of the beers on sale within by the middle of June. No doubt we will all be informed nearer the time through the pub's very active social media output. 
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/16/ship-mitre-liverpool

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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

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POTY 2012

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Pub Of The Year (POTY)

Earlier this year members of the branch were asked to vote for their top 3 POTY pubs.  This was done via a form on the website, an article on Face book and by asking for members vote at the Liverpool Beer Festival.  In total 123 votes were cast.  

Thank you to all those who put their name forward to be a member of the judging panel.  The panel was chosen at random, and consisted of 7 of those members and 1 committee member. 

A scoring system of 3 points for 1st choice, 2 for 2nd choice and 1 for 3rd choice was used to draw up a list of top ten pubs.  From this list the top 5 went forward to be judged against the national POTY criteria.  After which the branch POTY was the Roscoe Head congratulations to Carol Ross and her staff.

Results when judged against national POTY criteria

PUBSCORE
Roscoe Head 846.5
Dispensary 834.5
Belvedere 770.5
Lion 765
Ship & Mitre 759

The Roscoe Head now goes forward to judging for the first stage of the Regional Pub of the Year along 3 other regional pubs:-

Gallaghers, Birkenhead (Wirral Branch)
Guest House, Southport (Southport Branch)
Duke of Cambridge, St Helens (St Helen's Branch)
Details of the winner of this round of judging to follow.

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Pub Awards

On the 19th July we once again held our annual awards ceremony in the beautiful grounds of KIND

The Branches Pub of the of the year and its four runners up were chosen by our members.

The runners up each receive a  'Pub of Excellence' award. 

Then at the May Get-together branch members were asked for nominations for other pubs with suggestions for appropriate awards. In addition to this an award was presented to Augustus John who were voted joint 2nd in the Regional 'Cider Pub of the Year Awards'. 

The awards are as follows, congratulations to all concerned. 

Pub Awards 2011
AWARD PUB
Pub of the Year The Dispensary
Pub of Excellence The Lion
Pub of Excellence Vernon Arms
Pub of Excellence Roscoe Head
Pub of Excellence Ship & Mitre
Cider Award Augustus John
Pub of Culture Belvedere
Newcomer Pi Bar
Community Pub Peter Kavanagh
Pub of Live Music Caledonia
Real Ale Renaissance Old Bank, Waterloo
   
Bar Person Award Joe Power, Everyman
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POTY 2011

Pub Of The Year (POTY)

Earlier this year members of the branch were asked to vote for their top 3 POTY pubs.  This was done via emailing all members, an article on Face book and by asking for members vote at the Liverpool Beer Festival.  In total 130 votes were cast.  

A scoring system of 3 points for 1st choice, 2 for 2nd choice and 1 for 3rd choice was used to draw up a list of top ten pubs.  From this list the top 5 went forward to be judged against the national POTY criteria.  After which the branch POTY was the Dispensary.

Results when judged against national POTY criteria

PUBSCORE
Dispensary 500
Lion 493
Vernon Arms 419
Roscoe Head 418
Ship & Mitre 416

(Maximum score 650)

The Dispensary now goes forward to judging for the first stage of the Regional Pub of the Year along 3 other regional pubs:-

  • Gallaghers, Birkenhead (Wirral Branch)
  • The Lakeside, Southport (Southport Branch)
  • The Phoenix,  St Helens (St Helen's Branch)

Details of the winner of this round of judging to follow.

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