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Locale Pub Walk 6th October 2011

locale_logoOn a blustery night in Liverpool a group of about a dozen CAMRA members met in the Dispensary, Liverpool and Districts pub of the year, to explore some of the best pubs in Liverpool and sample some local beers.

The Dispensary is a haven for lovers of dark beers, daring to serve strong, dark stouts which many other pubs shy away from.  Cains mild was once a permanent fixture on the bar, but when Cains stopped brewing mild on a regular basis, Pauline and Dave searched for a ‘dark’ replacement.  After approaching several local breweries it was George Wright who provided the idea beer, a mild produced exclusively for the pub and named ‘Mark’s Mild’ after the Dispensary’s affable bar man Mark.  An excellent starting point for the walk, and thanks to Dave for the talk on LocAle and its importance to licensees and brewers alike.

Next stop was the Roscoe Head, one of only seven pubs to appear in every edition of the Good Beer Guide, and an outlet for another local brewery, Liverpool Organic.  The aptly named ‘William Roscoe’, a floral bitter, can often be found here but this evening I chose ‘Cascade’. Also produced by Liverpool Organic this is a light session beer and ideal for a pub crawl such as this. 

After enjoying the buzz of conversation in the music free Roscoe Head it was time to head to the rather nosier Ye Cracke.  Tucked away down a small side street Ye Cracke is steeped in history and is another outlet for Liverpool Organic. Like the Dispensary, here, you often find stronger beers such as ‘Empire Ale’ a bitter, which at 5.3% may be too much for some, especially on a night like this, but was on excellent form, definitely my beer of the night.

At our next stop, the Caledonia, we met up with Liverpool University’s ‘Real Ale Society’ and were treated to an open mike night from Liverpool and District’s current music pub of the year.  The LocAle on offer here was ‘Hilbre Gold’ from Birkenhead’s award winning Peerless Brewery, unusually, this hoppy golden ale, is vegan, something I have never come across before.  This shows that our local breweries are not afraid to branch out and be adventurous with their beers, very admirable in the current financial climate.

Our Final stop was the Belvedere where we had two locale ales to choose from, Jade again from Liverpool Organic, and Viking from Liverpool Craft.  A relatively new brewery Viking is the first brew from the Liverpool Craft Brewery, although there are more in the pipeline including an excellent winter stout. 

This is just a small sample of the pubs selling real ale, and of the local brewers who brew it.  Check out the LocAle page of this website for further details.  Supporting LocAle (beer which has travelled no more than 30 miles from pub to brewery) is not only environmentally friendly but also helps support the local economy, so try LocAle today, you won’t regret it.
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Liverpool Craft Brewery, Liverpool, Merseyside

Liverpool Craft moved premises to the other side of the city centre early in 2015 where visitor facilities should be introduced in due course. The 10 barrel plant supplies arts and music venues as well as pubs.

Liverpool Craft Website

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Liverpool Organic Brewery, Liverpool, Merseyside
Started brewing in August 2009. The brewery only uses certified organic malted barley. Brew plant is a 12.5 Barrel all stainless steel system. They now have 6 fermenters, including a combination FV/lagering vessel so cask lager can be produced.

 Liverpool Organic Website

Madhatter
Mad Hatter, Liverpool, Merseyside

Mad Hatter began brewing in 2013 combining traditional techniques with new flavours and approaches to brewing. Most of their output is in bottled form with some kegged versions, specialising in higher ABV and specialist styles. Relocated to the Baltic Triangle in Feb 2014

Mad Hatter Website

Neptune
Neptune, Liverpool, Merseyside

Founded July 2015. 1 Barrel Micro Brewery based in Maghull, Merseyside. Brewing cask and bottle conditioned beers. Vegan friendly. They do not use Isinglass finings.

Neptune Website

Rock the Boat
Rock the Boat, Crosby, Merseyside

Rock the Boat began brewing in June 2015 in a converted 16th century wheelwright's workshop in Little Crosby Village.

Rock the Boat Website

Stamps Brewery
Stamps, Liverpool, Merseyside

Began brewing in April 2012. Beers named after famous world postage stamps. Environmentally friendly beer production, power from 52 solar panels and biomass boiler. Rainwater recycled and used for floor cleaning. Used grain sent to local city farm for feed.

 Stamps Brewery Website

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Wapping, Liverpool, Merseyside

Wapping brewery was established in 2002 in the cellars of the pub on the waterfront in Liverpool using the old Passageway Brewery plant. A new brewer, Tom, took over in mid-December. The brewery is now concentrating on brewing Summer ale, but others may be produced in future.

 Wapping Brewery Website

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Members can use whatpub.com to search for details of pubs across the UK and then look up details such as opening times, descriptions, facilities and of course details of the real ale and cider on offer.

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