This edition is earlier than usual as I am away on holiday for 11 days.
Credits for news: Andre Fu, Sue Daniels, Darryl Short, Dave Sheldon, Rogg Jones, Tony Morgan
Copy date for the next Newsletter 28th November
There is not a pub walk this month. Members are invited to submit their favourite walk for a future newsletter.
LIVERPOOL BEER FESTIVAL 2017 – 15th TO 19th FEBRUARY
As an experiment, the festival will be opening on the Wednesday night this year. There will be a limited choice of at least 50 beers on this night, but entry will be free to CAMRA members and £5.00 others. This will include a free glass and all tickets will be available on the door.
As usual the other nights will all be ticket only that 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.
If you act quickly you still have a chance to nominate your favourite beers for the Champion Beer of Britain (CBoB). The regional CBoB will be judged at next years Liverpool Beer Festival in February.
All CAMRA members have the chance to nominate beers from their local area via the CBoB voting website. This means that beers from all parts of the country have an equal chance to be nominated. The voting period is more than halfway through, and we need more members submitting their votes for their favourite local beers.
You can nominate up to five beers in each of the eleven categories to be put forward for the CBoB competition, but if you only want to nominate beers in one category, or even just one beer, that’s fine. The more votes we get, the better the results will be.
You do not have to nominate all the beers in one go. You can alter your selections anytime up to the deadline on 1st November.
Not all beers are eligible for CBoB; mainstream beer styles like Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters & Golden Ales have to be available for at least 7 months of the year. Other beer styles have to be available for a lesser period depending on the rarity and seasonality of the beer style.
Initial nominations for CBoB are made at a local level so only beers that are produced in the area near you (based on your registered address) will be available for nomination. We realise that some of you will drink beers from a wider area, but many members find very long lists of beers with which they are unfamiliar very off-putting.
HOW TO VOTE
Any CAMRA member can login into the CBoB website www.cbobvoting.org.uk using their member login details. If you have forgotten these details you can reset your password by clicking here.
Having logged in you will be able to access information about the nomination schedule. If your Branch straddles more than one of the CBoB areas you will be able to vote, if you choose, in each area. The CBoB voting system gives every CAMRA member the opportunity to have a say in who wins and becomes CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain, don’t moan about which beers get judged at GBBF, get involved and vote for your favourites.
Spread the word once you've voted #votecbob.
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, 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
HEADLINE NEWS - THREE PIGGIES OPENS ON ALLERTON ROAD
Rogg Jones reports.
A new bar called the Three Piggies has opened at 77-79 Allerton Road, in premises that was previously the Vinci Wine Bar. It is serving 4 ales on hand pull alongside 8 keg beers and a fridge-full of interesting bottled beers.
Owner Dom Levy, of the Tribeca group, hails from Yorkshire which is shown in the range of beers on offer in the opening week:
Blonde Star from Anarchy Brew Co in Morpeth,
Ilkley Pale from Ilkley Brewery Co in Ilkley
The Italian Job from Roosters in Knaresborough
Dancing Pig EPA brewed by Marston’s
The pub is described as an 'Ale House and Canteen'. Brunch is served early on and then 'Good Pub Food'.
There is a function room available upstairs called ‘The Barn’, and free beer will be offered to all good players of their piano. The Three Piggies is open for food and drinks from 10.30am (10..00am at weekends) to midnight, but the management reserve the right to refuse admission after 10.45pm.
NEW MICROPUB IN WATERLOO
A new venue opened at 135 South Road, L22 0LT, which is the east end of South Road, next to the Liver. The Trap & Hatch calls itself a Micropub and Smokehouse.
The name is derived from the number of concealed access points that were discovered during the conversion from the previous use, a restaurant. This free house can comfortably accommodate 50-60 people. There is a small beer garden/smoking area at the rear, which is open until 8pm.
There are currently two handpumps on the bar, with room for up to two more if demand dictates, along with fonts dispensing several craft beers including one from Tiny Rebel. Premium spirits, wine, bottled beers, coffee and soft drinks complete the products on offer. Food is available up to 8.00pm and will vary through the day and will include sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings and dry cured meat platters.
Live music is on offer Friday to Sunday and will mainly feature local, acoustic solo artists. Free wifi is available. Opening hours are currently 11,00am to 11.00pm every day, but are subject to change at short notice.
Tel: 0151 928 5837; Facebook: trapandhatch
OTHER PUB NEWS
As I write this I am supping a nice pint of George Wright Cheeky Pheasant in the Victoria Cross on Sir Thomas Street. Not so many pubs in the City Centre regularly stock George Wright. beers.https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/49/victoria-cross-liverpool
Congratulations are in order to Chris and his entire team, as the Lime Kiln was the Overall Winner of the Real Ale & Craft Beer Award at this year’s Wetherspoon Pub Awards. This is not the first time they have received recognition, last year they were declared as Regional Winner in the same category, but now they have gone one better by scooping the top award.
On the other side of Concert Square, the Crafty Chandler operated by Stonegate, has recently had a change in management. Since then different beers have been available. On a recent visit, Spellbound from Osset brewery was available alongside the usual Wychwood Hobgoblin and Wells Bombardier.
Ranelagh's Tavern has been stocking beers from Bowland Brewery during October. The price has attracted many drinkers, who might normally drink keg beers, to enjoy the cask beer.
The Blarney Stone on Renshaw Street has not been so successful in attracting people to drink cask beer despite the signage informing people it was available. Cask beer has not been available recently.
Hard Times & Misery had Britman IPA from Burton Manor on tap during October. This was the first time one of their beers has gone in to a Liverpool pub. This continued Greig's policy of stocking beers from as many breweries in the area as possible. HT&M has now introduced a Cask Ale Club. The Club operates on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays ONLY. As well as there being a 50p reduction in the cost of a pint of real ale, you will also be given a stamp card. Get it stamped every time you buy a pint, when you get ten stamps, your next pint will be FREE.
The Esperanza on Hope Street has been rebranded as the Death Row Diner and no longer sells real ale.
We have been informed by a member via WhatPub that Constellations on Freeland Street will not be selling real ale through the winter. With much of the venue being outdoors, it will be quieter.
Not far away at the Baltic Social, the handpump was not in use on my last two visits.
Over the other side of Parliament Street, at the Brewery Tap Titanic, Plum Porter is becoming a favourite.
Unfortunately, due to large demand, Robert from the Six Degrees North brewery has not been able to supply Tom, the publican here, with beer recently. Hopefully these Scottish beers will be back on the bar at the Brewery Tap soon. Meanwhile bottles are still available.
Love & Rockets has not been brewing their range of craft keg beers recently. Cask ales are still on sale here.
Recently the Old Bank at Aigburth Vale has been selling beers from Clark of Wakefield, along side the regular beers from Big Bog.
The Workshop at 47 Crosby Road North, L22 4QB, formerly known as Charlie Parkers, is a bar/restaurant. Drinkers are welcome in the downstairs bar where local bottled beers from Neptune, Red Star and Rock the Boat are available. The current management are considering cask beer. Rock the Boat brewery has been giving manager Steve advice and also hope to have a presence there in addition to their bottled beers. Opening times: Wednesday and Thursday 5.00pm to midnight. Friday and Saturday 3.00pm to midnight, Sunday midday to 10.30pm.
The Corner Post is expanding their range of bottled beers. The bottle stock will be different from the cask. Geoff and Janice have found darker beers sell better in bottle at the pub. They expect to stock from Rock the Boat, Neptune and other local brewers.
The Corner Post is hosting a 'Whisky/Whiskey' tasting night on Monday 21st November at 6.00pm. Eight whiskies will be available for the tutored sampling session. Tickets, limited to 30, are available in the pub, cost £20.
Dark Star brewery Partridge (4.0%) was available in the Birkey recently. The manager occasionally puts on surprise beers beside the Greene King cask offer.
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.
Pete and Marion Browne have asked me to mention this event in Liverpool. Following on from the successful third St Helens running of the Stuart Browne Memorial Half-Pint Marathon in March, which raised £460 for the Aintree Hospital Volunteers Charity, the LIVERPOOL LEG will be held on 12th November 2016. Same format as usual £5 donation then hit 13 pubs and have 13 half-pints (or any drink of any description).
Stuart would have been 46 on the 13th November 2016 and we want to celebrate his birthday and raise much needed funds for a charity that he worked for and was close to his heart.
Meet 2.00pm outside St George's Hall.
Thursday 27th October to Sunday 6th November – German festival at the Frank Hornby, Maghull.
Wednesday 2nd November – Branch Committee Meeting at Hard Times & Misery, 7.30pm.
Thursday 3rd November – Trip to Connoisseur Brewery and St Helens from the Alehouse Old Swan. Contact Lee at the pub.
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th November – Waterloo Beer Festival. See www.realaleevents.com
Sunday 6th November - Sunday Lunch Meet Up 1pm in the Grapes, Roscoe St.
Tuesday 8th November – Autumn Dark Ale pub walk led by Andre. Meet 7.00pm at the Baltic Fleet or 8.00pm at the Lime Kiln.
Thursday 10th November to Sunday 13th – Wirral Beer Festival organised by the Ship & Mitre at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight. See http://www.theshipandmitre.com/festivals/
Saturday 12th November – Coach trip to Leek and Macclesfield.
Saturday 12th November – The Stuart Browne Memorial Half Pint Marathon, Meet St George’s Hall 2.00pm. See article above.
Wednesday 16th November – Branch Get Together. New members especially are invited. Meet 8.00pm at Mackenzies. We will later visit nearby pubs following the pub walk below in reverse.
Monday 21st November – Whisky sampling event at the Corner Post as reported above.
Wednesday 7th December – Branch Committee Meeting
Saturday 10th December – Branch’s Christmas party at the Augustus John. Full details above.