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.
The Vikings Landing has been opened by Marston's on the Stonebridge Retail Park off the East Lancashire Road in north-east Liverpool. The Vikings are believed to have sailed up the River Alt and landed in the area, hence the name of the pub. It is good to hear that there are four handpumps in Croxteth! They dispense beers from the Marston's Group. When member John McGrath visited he reported the Hobgoblin was excellent.
The pub, like many of the new build Marston's pubs around the country, centres on food. There is a Carvery, along with a full menu. Curry night is Wednesday.
The beer engines at the Hunting Lodge in the centre of West Derby village have been removed.
The Old Bank, on South Road, has now designated one of its hand pumps to always dispense a dark beer. This is good news for those, like some female members of the branch, who prefer milds, porters and stouts.
Having mentioned the Jacarada on Slater Street last month, a What Pub report told us no real ale was available at the end of May and when I visited the manager confirmed too much beer was being thrown away.
The Rose & Crown on Cheapside has given up selling cask beer. This is a pity, as the beer was well drinkable each time I sampled it. It seems real ale drinkers have not been visiting and the pub's regulars have continued to drink the mass produced keg beer available,
The Kazimier Garden on Seel Street continues to serve good beer, despite the demolition around it that includes the former Kazimier Club. On my last visit I enjoyed a strong stout, Hard Shake, from Wiper and True brewery in Bristol.
The parent company opened their new venue at the end of May, the Invisible Wind Factory, at 3 Regent Road, off Waterloo Road, to the North of the city centre. Initially the bar has only been open for ticketed events, but may be open at other times in the future.
Cavern Ale, at the Cavern Club, is once again being brewed by Liverpool Organic. The other beer here remains Black Sheep Best Bitter.
Opposite, the Cavern Pub continues to sell a Liverpool Organic beer and the staff encourage tourists to try the local beer.
Bier on Newington closed for a refurbishment during May. It has now reopened as the Newington Temple. There are two beer engines to the left of the bar, still dispensing a Liverpool Craft beer and Purity Ubu.
Do not be fooled by the Esperanza next door to Frederick’s on Hope Street. The sign informs us that it is a Brew Pub. I expect such an establishment to be a pub that brews. This turns out to be a pub that sells brews. As the name suggests, Spanish beer is available, but there was a keg brew from Camden when I looked in, but beers from Liverpool Craft have been reported here.
The warmer weather at the end of May allowed the Victoria Cross, Sir Thomas Street, to put out some pavement tables.
The Everyman Bistro did not have any real ale available when I last visited. The beer engines upstairs Street Cafe remain idle. The Bistro is now closed between three and five in the afternoon.
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CAMRA nationally are organising Beer Day Britain on Wednesday 15th June. See http://www.camra.org.uk/beer-day-britain
Locally, the Liverpool & Districts branch are incorporating the event into our monthly ‘Get Together’ at Peter Kavanagh’s on Egerton Street. We ask as many people as possible to attend to raise a pint of great British beer at 7.00pm for a communal cheers along with thousands of other people nationwide. There should be press coverage, both national and local. After the celebration, there will be a normal branch meeting followed by a quiz.
HEADLINE 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.
HEADLINE NEWS – REAL ALE AT THE PEN & WIG
Tony Williams reports.
After many years it is good to report that the Pen & Wig on Harrington Street is selling real ale again. As part of the deal to fit the beer engines the two beers available to start with are Sharps Atlantic and Sharps Doom Bar. The pub, though, is free of tie and manager Ged reports that he hopes to stock guest beers in the future, perhaps from local breweries.
PUB WALK number 2 - HOPE STREET
Uniquely flanked by two cathedrals and only a short walk away from the city centre, is Hope Street home to ten excellent pubs some of which are often overlooked.
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Hope Street is a short walk from the Lime Street area, or you can take any 75, 80 or 86 bus to Hardman Street alighting by the Flute.
The first pub on Hope Street is the newest, the Refinery, on the corner of Myrtle Street opposite the Philharmonic Hall. The pub is large enough for drinkers to be separated from eaters. There are usually three beers available from different local breweries. https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/409/refinery-liverpool
On the other side of Hope Street is the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, a pub that any visitor to Liverpool must seek out. Built at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries for the original Robert Cain brewery, this Grade II* listed building is an amazing building, inside and out. While admiring the building you can sup some of the eight beers usually on offer. The choice is such that there is usually a beer you have not tried before, or a beer you have enjoyed before. https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/14/philharmonic-dining-rooms-liverpool
Next door to the Phil is Fredericks. This does not serve real ale and the craft beers on offer tend to come from the larger breweries, but usually one from Camden.
The next door again is Esperanza, a cellar bar, selling keg beer including again a beer from Camden, but brews from Liverpool Craft have also been seen here.
On the other side of the road is the Casa, famous for its Socialist history, being the place where many political meetings have been held over the years. It has always disappointed me that cask beer is not available here.
Further down the same side of the road, at number 23, is the Clove Hitch. This is primarily a restaurant, but there is a drinking area by the bar and there is pleasant garden area. Obviously, this is a good place for those who enjoy good food with good beer, but do not be discouraged from stopping just for a drink. Two cask beers, normally from local breweries, are served from the hand pumps and there is a good selection of craft keg beers.
Downstairs is the No. 23 Club where there are more keg taps and a large selection of bottled beers that are also available to take away.
The Pen Factory is next to the Everyman Theatre and is a popular venue for people just drinking and those who enjoy the small plate food as well. There are up to nine cask ales to choose from, all from smaller breweries, including a few locales. The venue has one large room, with numerous stools in the bar area good for those just wanting to drink. Should the weather be good there is a sheltered garden. Please note the Pen Factory is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The Everyman Bistro, below the theatre has some handpumps, but they are not always in use. Should a beer be available, it is likely to be one from Liverpool Organic, or perhaps one of their swaps. The handpumps in the Street Cafe above, have yet to be plumbed in.
Should you still be in need of a further beer, you can walk around the corner, past the Liverpool Medical Institute, to the Font on Arrad Street. There are usually a couple of beers available, often from Purple Moose, or perhaps Salopian or a locale. This pub is the starting point for the University Pub Walk, that will be published sometime in the future.
Sunday 5th June - First Sunday Lunch at the Blackburne Arms, Catharine Street. Space needs to be reserved at this popular venue, so ring Sue on 07801 656 570 if you are coming.
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th June – Liverpool Cricket Club Beer, Cider and Gin Festival. See https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/liverpoolcc
Saturday 11th June - Coach trip to the Black Country and Wolverhampton
Wednesday 15th June - Beer Day Britain. Branch Get Together. Peter Kavanaghs, Egerton Street. 6.30pm for the 7.00pm nationwide communal cheers. See article above.
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th June - Liverpool Craft Beer Expo. See www.liverpoolcraftbeerexpo.com for more details.
Saturday 18th June - Wigan pub tour by train. Meet Sue (07801 656 570) at Lime Street Station for at 11.00am for the 11.28am train.
Tuesday 28th June – Meet up at Mackenzie’s, Rodney Street, at 9.30pm.
Thursday 30th June - Last Thursday meet up, this time in the AFTERNOON. 2pm Richmond, corner of Williamson Street.
Thursday 7th July – Cycle or walk to the Rock the Boat Brewery. Meet Hall Road station at 6.00pm, or the brewery at 6.30pm. The cyclists will visit a pub or two afterwards.
Saturday 9th July – Coach trip to Bridgenorth.
Wednesday 13th July – Probable date for the July Committee meeting.
Saturday 16th July – CAMRA regional meeting at Gallaghers, Chester Street, Birkenhead, 1.00pm. The new Regional Director is to be elected.
Sunday 17th July – Train trip to Southport. Meet Sue (07801 656 570) at Central station at 11.00am.
Wednesday 20th July – Branch Get Together to drink cider at the Wetherspoon Festival. Meet 7.00pm at the North Western or 8.00pm at Richard John Blackler where an area will be reserved for a formal meeting.
Saturday 30th July – Train trip to Manchester for the People's History Museum Beer Festival Manchester, meet Sue (07801 656 570) 10.00am at Lime Street Station.
There is not a First Sunday or last Thursday event in July.
Not so much news to report this month, but thanks to those who have submitted some news.
Credits for other news: Tony Morgan, Graham Murray, John McGrath, Sonia James-Henry
Copy date for the next Newsletter 28th June.