As reported in last month’s newsletter, Big Bog Brewery in Speke has launched a new beer. Mire is described as a tawny coloured session ale with an ABV of 3.8% and is now available in pubs. Another two new beers are currently being developed. Both are expected to be pale ales, one featuring American hopes and the other to be made using Australian hops. More details to follow.
Following the rebrand and crowdfunding project, Flagship Beer (formerly Ship & Mitre Brewing) are planning a bottle conditioned range. Pub stalwarts, Sublime (3.7% session pale) and Silhouette (4.5% dry Irish stout) will be joined by a new session porter and pale ale.
Having already won the Brewer of the Year at our awards evening earlier this year, Rock the Boat Brewery have won another award. The brewery gained first place in the Labologist’s Society Standard (Individual) label category for the label for their Waterloo Sunset. This award is essentially beer label of the year and was presented to David Barker at a ceremony in Salford in October. The label was designed by Ruari McDowall from Southport, a design former student who was taught by Dave’s wife when she worked at Southport College. The award can be seen behind the bar in the Corner Post, Bridge Road, Waterloo.
The Republic of Liverpool Beer Company, the rebellious offshoot of Stamps brewery, continues to highlight the 'obscene' gap in wealth between London and the South east, and the rest of the country. They are launching two more beers in their range. The first is a new beer named Independence IPA, a 3.7% ABV pale ale. The second is “Full up London Greed” (Stamps Brewery Mail Train, 4.2% ABV, relabelled). The new beers will be launched in the city centre and advertisedon social media. They will also be available at the Christmas Market at the Liver Hotel, Waterloo (2nd Dec )and at a pop-up event at 2 Pilgrim Street, Liverpool (8th- 9th Dec) alongside the football and art related group, FANSCAPES http://www.fanscapes.co.uk
Recently David Barker, brewer at Rock the Boat Brewery, spent two days at Stocks Hop farm in Worcestershire. During this time he walked the 100 acres of hop fields where nine varieties of hops are grown (Pilgrim, Target, Phoenix, Goldings, Bramling Cross, Jester, First Gold, Sovereign and Endeavour varieties), and learned how hops are processed for sale to commercial and home brewers.
David harvested some First Gold hops on the Thursday of his visit and brewed with them within 23 hours using a pale malt. The result is First Gold Green Hops Pale Ale (3.9%). Reports say it is a light beer with a subtle hop aroma, – I can verify this as I’ve tried it at Mackenzies. It has also been on sale in the Roscoe Head and the Baltic Fleet, and on its appearance in the Corner Post micro pub on Tuesday 26th September it sold out that evening. It should soon make an appearance in the Volunteer Canteen, The Barbacoa, The Liver and Stamps Too.
A slightly stronger version of Quokka has been brewed. ‘Fat Quokka’ was available at the (Little) Grapes in November.
The brewery tweeted towards the end of November that three new cask beers have been produced.
‘Little Albion’, a 3.8% English Pale Ale, is on at the Newington Temple as I type this.
‘Camel IPA’, 4.8%
‘Mork’, a 4.8% Rich Oatmeal Stout.
All three have also been delivered to the Grapes.
There is also a new keg beer, ‘Forget about R.E.D.’ 5.8%, is described as an almost red, red ale. This was being served at The 23 Club, at the Clove Hitch at the end of November.
Andy reports the brewery is hoping to move to larger premises soon.
Ad Hop was a headline brewery at the recent Beer Street event run by the Tap & Bottles in Southport. Andy brewed a wheat beer with Luke from the Tap & Bottles called ‘Once More Wit Feeling’, using cinnamon and green peppercorns. Another beer at the festival included ‘My J17 IPA’ brewed with South African J17 hops that has now been brewed as cask for the first time. Other beers there were ‘Pinor Noir Saison’ that had been aged 18 months, ‘Vic Secret IPA’ and a double cinnamon version of ‘Christmas Came Early’.
Also brewed recently is a new IPA ‘Billy the Kid’, 5.6%, India Stout, 4.0%, plus a hoppy IPA ‘Blue Sky Thinking’, 5.9%.
A house stout for Hard Times & Misery will be available in December. Look out also for ‘Christmas Pudding Stout’.
Rock the Boat
Latest beers are;
'Liverpool IPA', a 4.4% beer pale in colour. Dry hopped in the cask with a four hop mix including Flyer, a bitter UK hop.
'Faith Hope Charity', a 4.0%. deep golden bitter fairly typical of the old North West England style of bitter. A little malt flavour with a bitter edge. It has a mix of five hops including Admiral for bittering plus a good whack of East Kent Goldings late on.
'Dragon's Teeth', a 4.3% chocolate stout with a chocolate edge, using five different malts.
Big Bog Brewery
Further to last month’s report, a decision has been made to make German styled beer ‘Morast’ a regular beer. A third brew has recently been racked. The beer has been available in numerous local pubs, I supped it in the Ale House, Old Swan.
A new seasonable beer ‘Peat Bog Porter’, 4.9%, was brewed at the end of November. This contains some liquorice root cut. ‘Frosty Bog', 4.0%, using Cascade Hops, has also been brewed for the winter season.
A new micro brewery has been set up in Liverpool. Their website shows that Ben and Neil met at a homebrew club and found they also had a common interest in wrestling. Their brews won some awards, so they have decided to produce beer commercially. Currently only bottled beers are being produced. I noticed that they were on sale at Dead Crafty Beer Company on Dale Street.
Republic of Liverpool Beer Company
This brewery has been set up by Tony Rothwell with the beer being brewed at the Stamps Brewery. The first beer, a fruity IPA with a mix of four hops, was named ‘Northern Powerhouse...My Arse’. A second beer is due to be brewed before Christmas.
The latest trial beer from Liverpool Craft is Half Nelson. I enjoyed a pint at the Refinery during September.
Rock the Boat Brewery (Little Crosby) is producing a small number of bottled beers. They are all bottle conditioned (Real Ale in A Bottle) and are held for at least a month in cold storage to condition. They have been selling well, in the Crosby Bottle Beer Shop, College Road, Crosby, and are also available in the Blackburne House Cafe Bistro in Liverpool.
Big Bog Brewery
The branch has been invited to visit their brewery in Speke for our October Get Together on the evening of Wednesday the 19th.
You can read about the brewery on page 7 of latest edition of MerseyAle http://www.liverpoolcamra.org.uk/index.php/merseyale/merseyale-2016/item/723-merseyale-september
Big Bog Brewing Company Ltd, Unit 74,Venture Point West, Evans Road, Speke, L24 9PB http://www.bigbog.co.uk/home.html
Rock the Boat have produced another beer in collaboration with staff from Rigby’s and the Fly in the Loaf. Summer Pale Ale, 4.5%, made with Admiral and Fly (American) hops, both proper bitter hops. The beer will be available in the three Manx pubs in Liverpool during July.
The Baltic Fleet Brewery had to suspend brewing for a few weeks. The issues have now been resolved and Summer Ale was back on tap at the end of June. This also delayed the brewing of the second beer, American Pale Ale, 4.2%. This will be available during July. This is to be the first of a series of different brews produced each quarter. Two casks will be available for the bar each week, so on occasions the second beer may not be available.
It was good to see a cask Ad Hop beer on sale at the Grapes Knight Street over the last bank holiday weekend. Taj Mahal is a 7.2% beer. As promised, to cask beers were available at the Birkenhead Beer Festival.
Rock the Boat launched a new beer, Waterloo Sunset, appropriately at the Waterloo Beer Festival. It was the first beer to sell out.
The Baltic Fleet Brewery now has a second beer on tap. American Pale Ale is 4.2%.
Liverpool Craft Brewery have a installed two more fermentation vessels to help keep up with demand. Love Lane Pale Ale is especially popular. Look out for the special brews that are being produced during the summer to check which are liked enough to become regulars. One of these, Half Nelson 4.1%, was available at the Caledonia and Clove Hitch at the beginning of June.
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.
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
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.
Rock the Boat began brewing in June 2015 in a converted 16th century wheelwright's workshop in Little Crosby Village.
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.
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.