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CASK Acoustic Music Night

CASK have introduced an Acoustic Music Night on the 1stTuesday of the month. There is no fixed time when it starts but to quote the genial hosts “it starts when folk who love beer & music arrive”.

The next session is 2ndMay.

 

Sticking with CASK, don’t forget it is the presentation of the Pub of the Year (POTY) Shieldto the pub as this year’s competition winner on 17thMay; Start: 8pm

438 Queens Drive, Stoneycroft, L13 0AR

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Other Pub News

City Centre
The Grapes, known as the Little Grapes, at the corner of Roscoe Street and Knight Street, reopened at the beginning of October after a period of major refurbishment. This has included an extension that makes the pub not so little anymore, seen on the right of the photo. There is now a new room to the right of the Roscoe Street door and stairs that lead to a partly sheltered patio area on the roof of the extension.

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Three of the nine handpumps were damaged by the contractors so only six ales were available when the pub reopened.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/43/grapes-liverpool

Thomas Rigby's, on Dale Street, was refurbished during the summer. No structural changes, but there are now six handpumps in the centre of the bar, the same as sister pub Fly in the Loaf. Two pumps usually have Okells beers and four are guests. Fiona, who has been the manager here for many years, has been promoted as the manager of all the company's mainland pubs, including new outlets in Yorkshire, as well as the three in Liverpool and the one in Chester. Jim, ex deputy, has taken over as manager at Rigby's.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/51/hole-in-ye-wall-liverpool
This means that Fiona is now the boss over her partner Dominic. He may have gained some brownie points with the Fly in the Loaf appearing on the front of the new 2017 Good Beer Guide.

Just around the corner, Ye Hole in Ye Wall on Hackins Hey is continuing to regularly stock beers from Hart of Preston.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/51/hole-in-ye-wall-liverpool

The regular beers at the Railway on Tithebarn Street are London Pride and a Robinsons beer, Trooper or Dizzy Blonde. The guest beer has been another nationally known beer recently.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/68/railway-liverpool

The house beer brewed by Stamps at The Vernon on Dale Street has been named Gitan Zarah’s Plum Porter. It is 4.6%.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/26/vernon-arms-liverpool

Now that the students are back, the Dough Bar on Skelhorne Street has two beers on tap. Peerless Pale and Mobberley Elysium accompanied my Pizza on my last visit.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/404/dough-bar-liverpool

New Moon, the company operating the Old Blind School on Hardman Street ceased trading late in September. However, a new company Charnwood Catering, has taken over five outlets, including the OBS. Beers from the Mobberley Brewhouse were available early in October.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/399/old-blind-school-liverpool

Not far away, the Kabinett, a cellar bar under the former Home For Destitute Children on Myrtle Street, is selling Liverpool Craft Love Lane, in keg version.

 

Baltic Triangle
On my last couple of visits, Constellations on Freeland Street has had Neptune Abyss stout was available.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/414/constellations-liverpool

Old Swan
Cask Liverpool Micropub has increased choice with 5 beers on a Thursday and 7 beers from Friday. To maintain quality there will just be the usual 4 early in the week. To facilitate this increase the 3 ciders are now served chilled gravity fed from the bar wall which has freed up hand pumps.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/402/cask-liverpool


The sign outside The Alehouse, on Prescot Road invites people to ‘Come inside, you may like it’. We hope drinkers who do not normally drink real ale, will do so, with the rest of us knowing we will. Five out of the six pumps are now serving beer. The cider on the sixth is complemented by up to three more kept in the cellar. Owner, Lee Cook (apologies to him that I mistyped his name previously) is now offering a three thirds tasting paddle for £3.50. Lee is also now giving CAMRA members a discount.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/422/ale-house-liverpool


Wavertree
Smithdown Road welcomed back the students on 24th September with live music in numerous venues, including those that serve real ale.
Frank's was serving Liverpool Organic 24 Carat, alongside Wainwright. I enjoyed drinking here, listening to a good young band and watching Chelsea lose!
Kelly's Dispensary just up the road, had two guests on tap, alongside their two regular JW Lees beers. Both guests were from North Wales, where the landlord regularly sources his beers, Purple Moose Dark Side of the Moon and Heavy Industries Collaboration.
Finally, the Willow Bank had the largest number of beers. I chose ales from Otter and Red Star.
I did see a few younger people choosing the cask beer. Hopefully more will do so in future.

Aigburth
I have been told that the Belgrave, on Brynaston Road in Aigburth, which has been closed for a few years, has been bought by a local businessman who has other interests in the Lark Lane area.
The architecture of this three story building is impressive, so it will be good if it the pub can be brought back into use.

Belgrave

With hundreds of dwellings within a five minute walk of the pub, the pub could a viable business. Real Ale was not served when it was last open, but the other pubs in the area selling cask beer show that the demand is there.

Garston
The Masonic on Gladstone Road in Garston has relaunched its Tuesday evening club. From 6.00pm, on payment of £5.00 you get tokens to drink four pints of cask beer. This makes the beer even cheaper than the £2.00 a pint pub members’ deal offered at other times and the regular discounted price for a pint of cask beer of £2.30.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/360/masonic-liverpool

Speke
The Wetherspoon Express, airside at Liverpool Airport, has been offering two beers on the hand pumps this summer. One is normally Peerless Pale. The other has often another Peerless beer, but as I type this, I am enjoying Liverpool Craft Toast. This makes flying out of my local airport even more enjoyable.
https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/235/express-liverpool

Crosby
The Northern Club is a private, members-only sports club situated on Elm Avenue in Crosby and is not normally accessible to CAMRA members. But, due to successful negotiations between members of the local branch committee and those of the club, card-carrying CAMRA members can now enjoy a pint or two at the club bar EVERY WEDNESDAY from 5.00pm until close. The bar has three hand pulls and, until the end of the year, will be dispensing Wainwright, Hawkshead Bitter and one beer from Rock the Boat Brewery, brewed less than 1 ½ miles away.
Northern Club, Elm Avenue, Moor Park, Crosby, L23 2SX https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/419/northern-club-crosby

The Livin’ Bar & Grill, 4A Carnegie Avenue, Crosby, L23 3BR, is selling one cask beer, usually from a local micro. Beers from Liverpool Craft Beer Co. have been appearing, with Quokka (3.9%) on recently. LCB Co. bottled beers are also available. It is primarily a cafe bar/restaurant, but drinkers are welcome, although space may be limited on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Edge Hill
Demolition signs appeared around the Mount Vernon pub during August. Up to now work has only been carried out around the pub. Hopefully this classic 'flat iron' building will be preserved, like happened at the Royal on Smithdown Road that was also converted to student accommodation.

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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.

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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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POTY 2016 Winner

Cask POTY Banner 2016

The result from this year's competition to find Liverpool & Districts CAMRA Pub of the Year (POTY) was a lot closer than in previous years. But I am please to announce the winner is CASK (@LiverpoolCask) in Stoneycroft.

This micropub, located on Queens Drive near the junction with Derby Lane, became the first of it's kind in Liverpool when it opened in July last year. From the number of votes cast by local members for it to be entered into the competition, it has clearly been popular with real ale drinkers from across the branch area. Consequently, the scores given by the judges and positive comments made, further confirm that it met the high standards in all areas needed to win the competition.

As with all micropubs, it serves no alcopops or keg beers. No music or television, just good conversation. Continental bottled beers,wine, cider and perry are available along with a selection of bar snacks. CASK is adorned with memorabilia from former licensed premises and a selection of literature is available to while away the hours whilst enjoying a good pint or two.

Comments made by judges included:

“Excellent beer quality; over-sized glasses was a bonus”

“Beer- related memorabilia added to the style & decor”

“Spotless toilets, better condition than my bathroom at home !”

“Staff know their beers; prompt and friendly service”

“Friendly atmosphere with a good mix of people; somewhere I felt very safe ”

Some concerns were raised about the limited opening hours, but that is the nature of a micropub, so if you are planning a visit, check out the opening hours first by checking out Cask WhatPub entry.

So congratulations to Ian & Michelle for a job well done ! CASK will now go forward to the Merseyside POTY competition. Winner to be announced late June.

A formal presentation of the POTY shield will be made in CASK on Wednesday, 27th April from 8pm. All Welcome

Top 3

Winner - CASK

2nd - Frank Hornby, Eastway, Maghull

3rd - Roscoe Head

The deadline for the Liverpool and Districts Membership to cast their nominations for pubs to be entered into this year's Pub of the Year (POTY) competition has now passed. The votes have been counted, the short-list drawn up and the judges appointed. The short-list comprises of three city-centre pubs and two from the suburbs - see list below. The judges have been contacted individually and anonymously, and only myself as the competition Coordinator, knows who all the judges are.
They have been given the nationally agreed CAMRA criteria against which the pubs will be assessed. Judges should visit each pub AT LEAST TWICE on different days and at different times of day to get a fair impression of the pub.

The winner of the competition will be formally announced initially on our local Branch website through social media and then again at our Get-Together at the Vernon Arms on Wednesday, 16th March. A formal presentation of the award will be made in April.


• The Dispensary,87 Renshaw Street, L1 2SP
• The Roscoe Head, 24 Roscoe St, L1 2SX
• The Lime Kiln, Concert Square, L1 4NR
• Cask 438 Queens Drive, Stoneycroft, L13 0AR
• The Frank Hornby, Eastway, L31 6BR

Andre Fu - Pub of the Year Co-ordinator

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