For some time the Rum Porter brewed by Boggart Hole Clough Brewery had been a popular choice at the Vernon Arms on Dale Street. Unfortunately the brewery ceased trading, so the beer is no longer available. To breach the gap a new house beer has been commissioned from the Stamps Brewery, Rhum Noir, 4.6%. This joins the pub’s first house beer on tap, Johnny Handsome brewed by Liverpool Organic.
Yates at Queens Square reopened after being refurbished. There are still four hand pumps here, two with national brands and two from breweries such as Titanic.
While visiting Hard Times & Misery I noticed that the Hope & Anchor on Maryland Street has not had any cask beer available recently, just craft keg and bottles. Hopefully the real ale will return with the students.
Frank's on Smithdown Road now has a third hand pump fitted and there are now usually two beers on tap. Marston's Wainwright has been joined by Liverpool Organic 24 Carat.
Not far away, the Willow Bank, has been refurbished and now has been painted and signed in the green colours of latest owner Greene King. Up to ten cask beers can be available at the busiest times. The brewery's own beers, including house beer Salix, and one from Castle Rock are regularly available. Guest beers tend to be from the more established breweries.
After the coach trip to Derby, I changed buses on Allerton Road, using the bus stop outside the Blackburne Eatery. There was just enough time to go inside to sup a glass of Rock the Boat Mussel Wreck. It was good to see real ale back on here after dispense problems have been sorted.
The Hare & Hounds in West Derby village has had six hand pulls installed. Currently Greene King IPA and Bombardier are available.
You can download a copy of Liverpool and Districts pub map Pub_map_2012_25_sep.pdf8.94 MB
Includes maps of South Liverpool, West Derby, Walton, Waterloo and Crosby