Lots going on in Waterloo this month...
The Four Ashes finally opened it's doors on 21st March. This new micro-pub further enhances the real ale scene in and around South Road. There are 6 handpulls, real cider & perry as well as continental bottled beers, premium vodkas & gins, wine and quality soft drinks also available. Tea & coffee served. Bar Snacks on offer.
For opening hours: check www.Whatpub.com (subject to change at short notice)
SPECIAL OFFER: During APRIL, all cask ales on WEDNESDAY ONLY are £2.50/pt
23 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD
A few doors down, The Ferndale Lodge, has been refurbished and is now simply called the Ferndale. It has now had a handpull installed but currently only sells Doom Bar but there are plans to have more pumps installed so a wider range of beers can be offered.
15 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LD
Meanwhile, throughout April, Stamps Too has a special offer on cask ales.
Tuesday 5-7pm / Wednesday 5-7pm / Thursday 3-5pm
All cask ales BELOW 4.5% are £2.00/pt ( usually £2.80)
99 South Road, Waterloo, L22 0LR
...lastly...The Old Bank, is due to re-open shortly after a period of closure due to a dispute regarding increased rent costs. The bar is currently being fitted out and will have an extra handpull fitted to make FIVE in all. They hope to continue offering local beers as well as a real cider. An official opening date has yet to be confirmed but it is hoped it will be before the end of this month.
34 South Road,Waterloo, L22 5PE
HEADLINE NEWS – NEW CITY CENTRE MICRO BAR
Hard Times and Misery a microbar at bottom of Maryland Street, near Rodney Street, opened on 19th August. Owners Jan and Greig, run it themselves and based the concept on the type of bar they would like to visit themselves. One with not only good real ale but with artisan spirits as well. The real ales are served directly from the cask (on gravity) very much as you see at a beer festival. They have their own pins (36 pint) barrels which local brewers fill for them, which means there is more choice of beer. Firkins which are twice as big are also used. At present there are four or five beers from local brewers, such as Rock the Boat, Melwood, Neptune and Ad Hop are available. Fridges under the bar hold a good range of local bottled ales including some from Mad Hatter. The bar is very small so would be quite full with a dozen in, but there is also an upstairs seating area.
Greig told me, “We'd like to provide an outlet for the little guy shunned by the big distributors; we try to buy direct whenever we can. From really good local real ales, to boss bottled craft beers, to fantastic small batch spirits. All independent. All British. No tv, no sports, no gaming. Just a warm welcome with an atmosphere that is conducive to conversation with complete strangers. We'll always be changing, always trying something new and always listening! If you know of something we should try, please tell us."
I asked Greig about the bar's name. I was told me that during an evening not so long ago, one of our fine distillers was lamenting to us about the bleary 3am bottling sessions and the blisters from hand labelling bottles.
"That's the blood, sweat & tears", I said.
"No", came the reply, "It's hard times & misery".
Please see the What Pub entry for opening times.
HEADLINE NEWS – BREWERY TAP STOCKS SCOTTISH BELGIUM BEER
Tony Williams reports.
The Brewery Tap is now selling beers from the Six Degrees North Brewery at Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire. This brewery specialises in Belgium type beers and is named because it is six degrees north of Brussels. A cask beer, Belgium Pale Ale is on handpump, and there are also four keg beers. Chopper Stout is available in bottles.
There continues to be up to three other cask ales available, with Titanic Plum Porter being available on my last visit.
The pub is benefiting from passing trade from people visiting the Biennial exhibition at the old Cains Brewery. I recommend people visit both the exhibition and the Tap.
OTHER PUB NEWS
The Baltic Fleet have installed a seventh beer engine. As well as Summer Ale and usually a seasonal brew from the pub's brewery, the other beers are all local. The pub is now offering a CAMRA members discount, 20p a pint, or 10p a half.
Following the closure of the Cross Keys, the Everyman Folk Club has returned to the Everyman Bistro. The group have been promised real ale will be back on tap during July.
Further to last month, the Esperanza in the basement of 32 Hope Street, is now serving real ale. Three beer engines have been fitted. At the beginning of July, Samuel Adams (brewed at Shepherd Neame) Blonde Ambition was on tap for US Independence day, along with Purple Moose Snowdonia. This pub opens at 4.00pm on weekdays and 2.00pm weekends.
HEADLINE NEWS 2 – OLD SWAN ALE HOUSE OPENS
Tony Williams reports
The Ale House opened on 2nd July at 674/676 Prescot Road in Old Swan. Lee Clark has converted the old Job Centre next to the library into a micro pub. This pub is larger than the other micro pubs in our area, with all the space being needed on the opening afternoon. A number of the customers were not regular real ale drinkers. Hopefully this pub will convert them. To start with there are six beer engines, with two set aside for cider, Three more beer engines will be fitted in due course.
To start with, opening times are from 4.00pm on weekdays and 2.00pm at weekends. The licence requires a 10.00pm close.
To start with the beer is being supplied by an agency and included some from Big Shed brewery in Shrewsbury on the opening day. Lee reports that he will soon be dealing directly with brewers.
Members should note that currently the price of two half pints, is more than a pint.
As recently reported in the local media, both the Lion Tavern on Moorfields and the Cross Keys in Earle Street have ceased trading and both pubs are currently closed.
The licensees cite the reason for the closure is a dispute between them and the pubs owner, Punch Taverns.
We have contacted Punch Taverns asking them for assurances that the Lion and the Cross Keys will reopen as soon as possible and continue trading as pubs. So far, we have had no reply.
Liverpool and Districts CAMRA do not want to lose these iconic pubs, or any others in the area. In addition to the part these pubs play in the local cask beer scene, the Lion Tavern in particular is of national importance with it's interior being recognised by CAMRA by it’s inclusion in the 'National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors'. The building itself is registered as a Grade II building with English Heritage.