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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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Other Brewery News

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.

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Ship and Mitre to Brew

Pubs 019HEADLINE NEWS 2 – SHIP & MITRE TO BREW
Andre Fu reports
The Ship & Mitre to offer their own beer...soon! 
It was only a matter of time and now that time is here! It has come to our attention that in the next few weeks the Ship & Mitre will be selling their own beer through one or more of their handpulls. 
Exact details are sketchy at the moment and things are still very much under development. But is this what we do know ….. 
Staff members in the pub have developed and brewed four different styles of beer in collaboration with a brewer, Joe Murphy, using the kit at Stamps Brewery in Kirkdale. 
There is to be a sessional pale ale, a bitter, an IPA and a stout. I have seen a sneak preview of the pump clip designs (very good they look too!) and the proposed names of the beers, but as they are still waiting to be signed-off, I cannot confirm anything in this particular article. 
Ben Garner did however say that he hopes to have at least two of the beers on sale within by the middle of June. No doubt we will all be informed nearer the time through the pub's very active social media output. 
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/16/ship-mitre-liverpool

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Ship and Mitre to Brew

Pubs 019HEADLINE NEWS 2 – SHIP & MITRE TO BREW
Andre Fu reports
The Ship & Mitre to offer their own beer...soon! 
It was only a matter of time and now that time is here! It has come to our attention that in the next few weeks the Ship & Mitre will be selling their own beer through one or more of their handpulls. 
Exact details are sketchy at the moment and things are still very much under development. But is this what we do know ….. 
Staff members in the pub have developed and brewed four different styles of beer in collaboration with a brewer, Joe Murphy, using the kit at Stamps Brewery in Kirkdale. 
There is to be a sessional pale ale, a bitter, an IPA and a stout. I have seen a sneak preview of the pump clip designs (very good they look too!) and the proposed names of the beers, but as they are still waiting to be signed-off, I cannot confirm anything in this particular article. 
Ben Garner did however say that he hopes to have at least two of the beers on sale within by the middle of June. No doubt we will all be informed nearer the time through the pub's very active social media output. 
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/16/ship-mitre-liverpool

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Other Brewery News

AQd HopAd Hop has been brewing in Liverpool for some time now, using a 2bbl plant. So far they have been only supplying key keg and bottled beers. The brewery is moving into much larger premises on the Erskine Industrial Estate at the beginning of May. Brewers Anders and Andy hope to be able to raise finance to install a 10-12bbl plant. The extra space will allow cask conditioned ale to be produced and there is a promise to supply the Birkenhead Beer Festival at the beginning of June. (See diary)

 

HigsonsSteve Crawley, who stepped down as Managing Director of the Caledonian Brewery a couple of years ago, appeared at a meeting at the Members Weekend and reported that he was intending to revive the Higsons name. A planning application was made at the beginning of the year in the name of Higsons Brewery, for premises on Bridgewater Street in the Baltic Triangle. The plan calls for a warehouse to be converted into a brewery and distillery, with provision for retail sales and a sampling hall. The address is the one where Liverpool Craft Brewery was planning to move to last year. I am sure Higsons beers will be popular.

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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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