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Brewery News

Big Bog

New beers are,

Bourbier - (6%) has been brewed to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the brewery moving to Speke from North Wales. It is described as a French-style beer brewed with Pilsner malt and French Strisselspalt hops - 6 0%. A very light premium beer with a delicate hop aroma.

Jack 'o' Lantern – is to be brewed sometime during February. The recipe is still under development but is envisaged to be a 3.8% copper-coloured beer but this could change. It will be the final beer of a series of three and complements Hinkypunk and Willow the Wisp.

 

Black Lodge

A new 2.5bbl plant has been fitted at the Black Lodge Brewery on Kitchen Street. Paul reports that cask beer could be produced in the future to add to the key keg beers currently brewed.

The brewery is producing a keg beer for Leaf on Bold Street and their Manchester outlet. Exotic Garden IPA uses tea leaves supplied by the outlet.

Neptune

There are to be two new beers available in February, both of which will be available at the Liverpool Beer Festival.

Undercurrent, a 4.7% stout.

Big Sur, described as a 4.5% west coast pale ale

Les reports he is supplying keg conditioned key kegs to the Everyman Theatre. Olympus Mons is available in the upstairs Street Cafe and downstairs in the Bistro, Fugu is on tap alongside Abyss that has replaced the Guinness. The handpumps in the Bistro are also to be revived. 

Finally congratulations are in order for Les, as Neptune Brewery has been awarded Merseyside Best New Brewer on Ratebeer.com for 2016. 

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Neptune Tap Take Over

Neptune have arranged a Meet the Brewer / tap-takeover on 25th May at The Firkin in Newton-le-Willows.

65 High Street, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 9SL

Twitter:@thefirkinbar

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Brewery News

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.

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Brewery News

Terry has tweeted that he has left Liverpool Craft Brewery. We wish him well for the future.

Neptune Brewery has settled into the 6BBL kit now and is brewing to capacity twice a week. The brewery is now packaging Keg conditioned keykegs within the CAMRA remit. Bottled beers were relaunched during October with new labelling to compliment the new pump clips.
Brewer Les brewed a collaboration brew with the Pied Bull in Chester for their beer festival at the end of October.
New cask beers brewed recently have been Fugu (the name of the infamous poisonous fish), a 4.0% Pale Ale brewed with Sorachi Ace hops from Japan and Black Moor, a 4.0% Porter.
Another dark beer due soon.
Some stronger IPA's and some other specials will be brewed for keykegs, but will cask a couple of these as specials for regular customers.

Big Bog Brewery
Big Bog is now registered into the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme. They are also SIBA FSQ (Food Safety and Quality) accredited. Big Bog is pleased to join and support the SIBA Assured Independent British Craft Brewer initiative.

A new beer is Will O the Wisp the second beer named after the ghostly apparitions seen floating over marshes and bogs, the first being Hinkypunk. At 4.7% abv this is a premium golden coloured ale made with Citra, Chinook and Cascade hops in generous proportions. The beer has a distinctive hoppy aroma with good bitterness and loads of foral/citrus character.

Another beer is currently in development, called Morast, the German for Quagmire or Bog. It will be a German style beer using Vienna Malt with German Hallertau Mittelfruh and Hersbruker hops, with an anticipated ABV of 4.3%. Initially it will be brewed EXCLUSIVELY for a festival at the Frank Hornby in Maghull (see diary).
Those who attended our branch Get Together at the Big Bog brewery in October will all wish to thank Paul and Gordon for their generous hospitality.

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Brewery News

NeptuneNeptune Brewery has produced a new beer. Mermaid’s Purse is a 4.0% Blonde Hoppy Summer Ale. I enjoyed the beer at the Corner Post during July.

liverpool craft brewery
The latest Liverpool Craft beer was being served at Constellations at the end of July. Archer’s Paradox is described as a session red ale, dry hopped with Archers, a British hop.

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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.

P1010155 S

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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Branch Breweries

Branch Breweries


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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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