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Brewery News

Ale Pump Red IconAs 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

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Cherry Rye

Cherry Rye 301x320Big Bog Brewery in Speke has re-brewed their Cherry Rye, as a seasonal beer, due to popular demand. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this beer, it is described as ‘ a light coloured ale, brewed with Rye malt for dryness and flavoured subtly with Montmorency cherries’. It should be available in pubs in the next couple of weeks.

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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

Liverpool Craft 

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.

 

Ad Hop

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.

 

Top Rope

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.

http://www.topropebrewing.com/the-brewery/

 

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. 

http://www.therepublicofliverpool.com/about-us/

CAMRA LIVERPOOL & DISTRICTS
NEWSLETTER - December 2016

EDITORIAL

Thanks to those who have sent news for this bulletin. Should you have pub news, such as a pub new to selling real ale, or now stocking different beer such as local or craft beers, please mail;

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Any opinions expressed in this newsletter is that of the writers and not necessarily the same as CAMRA or the branch.

Tony

 

LIVERPOOL & DISTRICTS BRANCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 2017 AGM of the CAMRA Liverpool & Districts branch will be held upstairs at the Ship & Mitre, Dale Street, on Wednesday 18th January at 8pm. All members are encouraged to attend. As this meeting is open to CAMRA members only please ensure you have your valid membership card with you. 
The Committee is always looking for new members to help with the running of the branch and the various activities that are held throughout the year. Should you wish to stand for Committee please email our branch contact Sue Daniels using

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Alternatively you can put your name forward on the night. 
Following on from the meeting there will be an opportunity to socialise and talk with committee members.

 

LIVERPOOL BEER FESTIVAL 2017 – 15th TO 19th FEBRUARY
TICKETS ON SALE SOON
As an experiment, the festival will be opening on the Wednesday night this year. There will be a limited choice of around 50 beers on this night, but entry will be free to CAMRA members. Entry for others will be £5.00, which includes a free glass.. All tickets will be available on the door and entry is subject to the space in the venue.
As usual the other sessions will all be ticket only that will be on sale on Eventbrite from 5th December for Liverpool and Districts branch members and from 7th December 2016 for Halton, St Helens, Southport and Wirral branch members. Tickets will be on sale to the general public from 9th December. Local branch members will need to enter their CAMRA membership number when purchasing their tickets.
Prices will be: - Thursday night £7.00, Friday afternoon £8.00, Friday evening £10.00, Saturday afternoon £9.00 and Saturday evening £8.00. CAMRA members buying tickets will be given free beer vouchers.

 

MERSEYALE
The winter issue of MerseyAle is available online.

http://www.liverpoolcamra.org.uk/images/Attachments/Merseyale/Merseyale_winter_2016_web.pdf

The printed version should be in pubs from 2nd December.

CHRISTMAS PARTY
There are now only a few tickets left for the branch's Christmas Party at the Augustus John, Liverpool University, on Saturday 10th December from 7.00pm.
Tickets will be £5.00 this year and includes ONE free pint and a buffet.
A raffle will be held and members coming may wish to donate extra prizes.
There will be a quiz. To arrange to buy tickets please email

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PUB OF THE YEAR
If you have not yet voted for your favourite pub, the on-line voting form for the Pub of the Year (PoTY) 2017 competition is now live on the branch website and can be reached by following this link: 

http://www.liverpoolcamra.org.uk/index.php/awards/poty-2017/vote-for-poty-2017

The form will be available until 6.00pm on 29th January 2017. 
Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found at:

http://www.liverpoolcamra.org.uk/index.php/awards/poty-2017

We ask that all Liverpool & District members take part in the vote.
  
BEER SCORING
You all should know that pubs are selected for the Good Beer Guide (GBG) using the beer scores submitted by CAMRA members. Pubs in the suburbs often do not receive many scores, as less people visit them. For a pub to be considered a number of members need to submit scores. The selection for the 2018 GBG starts in January, so we ask that everybody submits scores for the pubs they visit during December.
If you have a smart phone, you can often submit your scores while supping the beer, otherwise submit your score on line later. Scoring is easy at www.whatpub.com . 
 
LOCALE & PUB DISCOUNTS
There are revised lists of the pubs in our area that normally sell locales and those that offer discounts on pages 10 & 11 of the new issue of MerseyAle.

 

2017 COACH TRIPS
MerseyAle also contains the list of planned coach trips for 2017 on page 58. For more information email Matt at 

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HEADLINE NEWS – THE LION REOPENS
Finally, some good news about one of Liverpool’s iconic pubs that closed its doors in June! The Lion Tavern is now open under the stewardship of Dave Hardman. The Lion closed after a dispute involving Punch Taverns and Porter and Black Ltd, the company set up by the previous lessees to run this pub and the nearby Cross Keys.. Michael Black and Sean Porter now have their own ‘Lion’ in Birkenhead town centre, adding to the Wirral real ale scene. 
Dave has run pubs in Birkenhead and most recently worked behind the bar in the Lion so he brings a wealth of expertise that hopefully will ensure its continued success. 
Retaining the eight hand pumps Dave will initially operate from the Punch list, as he is currently unable to source beers through SIBA. Young’s Bitter, a regulars’ favourite, plus Adnam’s Broadside, Castle Rock Harvest Pale and Moorhouse’s Pride of Pendle will be regularly available. 
First impressions are good with beer of high quality and a good range of styles in addition to the above. Dave’s next step will be to try and obtain a local beer. The opening night, Wednesday 16th November, was a huge success with the pub packed with familiar faces. Liz and Mark were a reassuring presence behind the bar along with Dave. Since then, the free pie and cheese platters have been reinstated and local and visiting football supporters have once more enjoyed the Lion’s hospitality. 
It’s fair to say the old place has been missed by the regulars, who were often seen in other city hostelries. Many have now, like the Lion, returned to what many call their spiritual home. As for the beer that bears the Lion’s name, that was last seen in Birkenhead.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/12/lion-tavern-liverpool

 

CHANGES AT THE SCOTCH PIPER
Julie the licensee at the Scotch Piper left on 13th November. She wrote on social media that the reason for her moving on was that she disagreed with Admiral Taverns' plans to introduce food into the pub. 
A planning application has been submitted to demolish the sixties buildings to the rear and erect a new single storey extension. 
Up to now the pub has relied on wet sales only and has not opened at lunch times on weekdays. One can understand the owners seeking to introduce food to improve the revenue at the pub, but you can also understand the view of Julie and the 300 people who signed the petition against change, that the historic pub is not suitable to be converted into a food driven pub. 
A food pub is likely to attract more people arriving my car. The car park at the Scotch Piper is not the biggest. Any expansion of the car park would infringe on the outdoor drinking areas that make the pub so attractive in good weather.
On 16th November, Ray who is also involved in running the nearby Running Horses, has taken on the lease at the Scotch Piper. Bartender Trev reports that the pub will continue to operate as it has previously. The house beer, Pipers 1320 brewed by Marstons, will continue to be served and the other two pumps will continue to dispense a variety of beers, hopefully still including locales.
The folk club on Thursdays and the open mike on Saturdays will continue. The bikers that regularly visited on Wednesdays will be made welcome again.
With bus stops for the 300 route from Liverpool to Southport being right outside the pub, drinkers can use the service to visit the pub until the early evening. At present the pub will open at 4.00pm on weekdays and from midday at weekends. Hopefully the hours will be extended in due course.
Any major change to the pub is still some time away.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/22/scotch-piper-liverpool

After leaving the Scotch, I had time to visit the Running Horses on Bell Lane between the half hourly buses. I had a pint of Oakham Five Leaves Left.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/314/running-horses-liverpool

 

OTHER PUB NEWS

 

City Centre

Ranelagh's Tavern is now selling locales. Beers from Rock the Boat and Burscough were available during November. Phil, the landlord, reports local beers will be regularly available.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/491/ranelaghs-tavern-liverpool

The White Star on Rainford Gardens, is offering a selected real ale for £2.50 on Mondays to Thursdays, although the sign outside infers all the cask beer might be on offer.

 

The L1 Bridewell is due to reopen in December as a cocktail bar called Furnival’s Well.

 

Jean has reported that she enjoyed a few pints of Purity Gold in the Cornmarket recently.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/38/cornmarket-liverpool

 

The Pen Factory on Hope Street is now open on Sundays, from 2.00 to 8.00pm.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/392/pen-factory-liverpool

 

Kensington

The Kensington, at 189 Kensington, has reopened after a refurbishment and is reported to be selling real ale.  
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/386/kensington-liverpool

 

Everton

The Grove on Breckfield Road North was a regular stop for Liverpool supporting CAMRA members going to and from the match when it was a Higsons pub. Happily the pub is selling real ale again, with one handpump in use. I enjoyed a pint of Hobgoblin on the way to a game at Anfield recently. Beers from Moorhouses have also been available.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/146/grove-hotel-liverpool

 

Not too far away, the Gregson’s Well at the start of West Derby Road, which had been derelict for some time, has finally been demolished. When this was a Higson’s pub, it was a popular stop for people attending wedding ceremonies at nearby Brougham Terrace. The Tetley’s Gregson’s Well that was opposite it, has long since been demolished.

 

Wavertree

 

Bryn, the manager of the Willow Bank on Smithdown Road, reports he will usually have a locale on. On my recent visit White Star Seafarers, brewed by George Wright, along with Liverpool Craft IPA, were on tap. There will be also brews from slightly further away available. There are a total of twelve handpulls, with most normally in use at weekends. A good time to visit is Tuesday evening when all real ales are currently sold at £2.25 a pint. A 10% CAMRA member discount is available at other times.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/84/willow-bank-liverpool

 

A bit further up the road a planning application has been made to covert the previous Handymans shop at 461 Smithdown Road into a public house with food offer. The building, originally the Sefton Park Picturedrome, is bigger than you might expect. The plans include setting up a ‘Nano Brewery’. These premises will only be yards away from Wavertree’s last brewery at the Finch & Firkin that has long since reverted to the Brook House.
 

Old Swan

 

Lee owner of the Alehouse on Prescot Road is organising a small beer festival, Swanfest, at a nearby church hall early in December. All the tickets sold out quickly. I congratulate Lee for his work in promoting real ale in the area, both in his pub and with this festival. It is not too long ago that I wrote a piece for MerseyAle titled ‘Old Swan Beer Desert’.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/422/ale-house-liverpool


  
Woolton

 

There is a new licensee at the Derby Arms on the corner of Allerton Road and Vale Road, near Menlove Avenue. On my recent visit Sharps Doombar was available, but it has been reported that this alternates with Jennings Cumberland.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/108/derby-arms-liverpool
 
Aintree

 

The Toby Carvery Aintree, previously the Rocking Horse, outside the entrance to the racecourse, is reported to be selling real ale.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/496/toby-carvery-aintree-liverpool

 

Bootle

 

The final day trading at Merton in Bootle as a Wetherspoon pub will be 11th December. This is part of the company’s policy not to have nearby pubs in their chain competing with other. The pub is expected to open under a new operator a few days later and hopefully will continue to sell real ale.

 

Maghull

The handpump at the Bar du Fay was not in use when I visited in November. The landlord told me people chose not to drink the real ale when the weather was warmer. It is a pity the pump is not now back in use now the colder days are with us.

 

Waterloo

 

The Old Bank on South Road has introduced a loyalty card for their real ale. Obtain six stamps when buying a pint, to get a seventh pint free. Stamps will only be given and free pints redeemed from 12.00-8.00pm Monday to Thursday and 12.00-6.00pm on Friday. 
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/40/old-bank-liverpool

 

The Trap & Hatch further along South Road has had problems installing their kitchen. Without food the pub has not been opening until 6.00pm. Hopefully all will be sorted soon and the menu will be available, so the pub will start opening at 11.00am.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/494/trap-hatch-waterloo

 

Sam, the landlord at the Volunteer Canteen, reports he can have a couple or real ales at a time, free of tie. I enjoyed a pint of Heavy Industry Smoked Porter here during November. 
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/24/volunteer-canteen-liverpool

 

Crosby

 

The George, the large Stonegate pub at the start of Moor Lane in Crosby Village is currently closed for refurbishment by Stonegate Pubs. It is due to reopen at 5pm on 7th December.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/100/george-hotel-liverpool

 

Further down the lane news of the Crosby Village Social Club is that the building lease sold to a development company, Plans are to redevelop the suite of shops the club is above into a new retail space. Currently there is no cask beer here, but it appears ocassionally.

 

Nearby, the Crosby Hotel on Liverpool Road was again closed for a period recently. Perhaps the pub would do better if real ale in good condition was served here.


BREWERY NEWS

 

Liverpool Craft 
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.


Ad Hop
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.

 

Top Rope
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.
http://www.topropebrewing.com/the-brewery/

 

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. 
http://www.therepublicofliverpool.com/about-us/

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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

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.
People can travel on the 1910 train from Waterloo which calls at Central at 1929, arriving at Hunts Cross at 1947. The brewery is about a ten minute walk from the station. Alternatively, people can use the 89 bus from Huyton, Belle Vale or Woolton alighting on Woodend Avenue. The 82 Arriva bus from the City Centre, or the 81 from Bootle, both stop on Speke Boulevard. People intending to come should email branch contact Sue by Saturday 15th October, to ensure there is enough beer! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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

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Big Bog Brewery

Big Bog Brewery

Big Bog discovered in Speke!
No...this is not an announcement of an archaeological find in L24 but rather confirmation that our branch has yet another 'new' microbrewery!
Big Bog Brewing Company Limited, to give it its full name, started life in Waunfawr near Caernarfon five years ago and has a well established customer base in pubs all across North Wales. But last year, the company decided that they needed to move to larger premises in order to keep up with demand and to enable it to expand into Merseyside and beyond.
Once they had secured funding to build the new kit and acquire new premises, they moved into a 3,500 sq ft unit in Speke. The unit is large enough for a custom built, UK-made, automated 10bbls plant, 2 fermenters (with space for 6 more) and a large cold store. From the point of order, the components of the plant and automation were manufactured within twenty-six weeks and were assembled then commissioned in only six weeks and the first batch was racked in early April.
Big Bog is made up of brewer, Paul Jefferies and his business partner, Gordon Hurst. Paul has over 30 years experience in the brewing industry and is a qualified Master Brewer of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. At present, Big Bog beers are brewed up to three times a week at night and weekends, as by day Paul still works full time at Hydes Brewery based in Salford, as their Production Director.
Gordon is the Big Bog Sales and Distribution Manager and up until the move to Liverpool he worked for over 20 years in the NHS. He has now left to concentrate full-time on sales matters for Big Bog. Currently Gordon is going around pubs in our branch area drumming up business and has already successfully secured orders.
At present there are six regular beers ranging from the session Bog Standard Bitter (3.6%) through to the award winning premium ale, Quagmire (6.0%). This beer won the silver medal at the CAMRA Champion Beer of North Wales in 2014, followed up by a another silver at the prestigious International Beer Awards last year, not bad for brewery of only four years at the time.
Seasonal beers are also available, with the current one being, Spring Bog (4.0%) a straw-coloured thirst quencher to be followed by an amber coloured beer with light and refreshing citrus hop notes – Balmy Bog (4.0%) in June. All the casks (including 60 pins-36 pints) used are stainless steel as Paul doesn't like plastic!
To celebrate moving to Liverpool, the guys have produced their first 'Welsh' named beer in the form of Blonde Bach ( 'Little Blonde') and is described as 'a pale coloured ale with citrus/grapefruit notes derived from the use of South American Cascade hops' on their website (www.bigbog.co.uk) and is available now. All the pump clips are currently being re-designed to reflect the fact that the beer is now being brewed in Speke and thus giving it a local identity, but regular deliveries will still be made to their Welsh customers.
In time to come, there are plans to install a bar and introduce brewery visits by appointment – so watch this space!
From my point of view, subject to committee approval, I hope to become the Brewery Liaison Officer for Big Bog, which will enable me to keep local branch members informed of the brewery's development.

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