October 2017 (6)

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Welcome to the OCTOBER edition of the Liverpool & Districts CAMRA Branch Newsletter

You can also pdfdownload the Newsletter here285.24 KB12/01/2018, 07:41

If you have ANY news, relating to pubs or real ale, that you think should feature in this monthly newsletter, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet it and include @LiverpoolCAMRA.
Any opinions expressed in this newsletter are that of the writer & not necessarily those of CAMRA or the branch.
Andre Fu
Vice Chair

NEXT month’s Get – together is WEDNESDAY 15th NOVEMBER and is a walk down Smithdown Road starting from the Willow Bank Tavern at 7:30pm. All Welcome.

Thank you to the following people for their contributions to this edition:

Steve Berks; Sue Daniels; Sonia James-Henry; Tony Morgan


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Someone is going into pubs impersonating one of our committee members and asking for money for Good Pub Guide entries. We never go into pubs to collect money for anything. The Good Pub Guide is NOT a CAMRA publication. Entry into the Good Beer Guide is not bought but is decided via beer scores submitted by members into Whatpub.  Merseyale adverts are NOT paid for in advance and we NEVER ask pubs for cash.

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CAMRA Christmas Social

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This year’s Christmas party will be on 2nd December from 7pm at the Augustus John on Peach Street.
Tickets will be priced at £7 and include a free pint and a buffet.

Tickets are now available from Skiddle.com

There will also be a small number of tickets available on the door

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Big Bog Brewery

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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 should be available in pubs soon.

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Pub News

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Two city centre pubs will be closed for a short period for refurbishment. The Richard John Blacker (Wetherspoons) on Charlotte Row will be closed Monday 30th October - 3rd November inc. Meanwhile, the Flute on Hardman Street will be closed from Sunday, 22nd October and re-open Friday 10th November.

There will be a Meet the Brewer on Wednesday, 1st November featuring Mad Hatter at the Head of Steam on Hanover Street from 7:30pm. No booking required but beers are subject to availability.

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Help keep pubs afloat!

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CAMRA are urging all members to get involved in the Tax campaign ahead of the Budget. All CAMRA members are being asked to take action to save our pubs from sinking. While it's the publicans and brewers that pay the tax bills, it's ultimately consumers like you who will pay the price as publicans and brewers are forced to put up prices or go bust.

CAMRA are calling for a £5,000 annual business rate relief for all pubs as well as a freeze in beer duty.

What you can do:

  1. Urge your MP to support the campaign. CAMRA has a lobby page:

https://e-activist.com/page/11769/action/1 Fill in the details and the system finds your MP and emails them direct, it takes seconds to do.

  1. Attend an MP’s constituency surgery to speak about the issue directly with your MP or call the Parliamentary Switchboard and ask to be put through to your MPs office on 020 7219 3000.
  2. Write to your local Council urging them to implement a business rate relief scheme – a template letter to your Council Leader or directly elected Mayor can be downloaded from here
    NB: make sure you are writing to the council that is the billing authority for your area, a list can be found here

You don’t have to attend CAMRA branch meetings to take part in CAMRA work every act like this helps CAMRA campaigning

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