July 2016 (9)

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PUB WALK number 3 - BOOTLE

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There are a few pubs in Bootle a short walk apart. Many bus routes operate to Strand Road in Bootle and the Southport trains on the Merseyrail Northern Line operate through Bootle.
Buses 47, 52, 53, 54, 55, 300 & X2 operate from the City Centre to Bootle and stop outside the Cat & Fiddle on the ground floor of St Martins building on Stanley Road. The 60 and 81 buses from Aigburth and Speke also cross Stanley Road. People travelling by train can walk along Trinity Road from Oriel Road station.
The Cat & Fiddle usually has tree beers available, a house beer, a beer from Liverpool Organic and another guest ale. The pub was built with the office block in the sixties and is still busy at lunch times and when live football is being shown.

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On the other side of Stanley Road, on the corner of Merton Road, is the Wetherspoon Pub, the Merton. There is always a good selection of beer available here.


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Continue up Merton Road and turn left into Litherland Road to find the Jawbone. This pub has just been awarded the branch's community pub of the year. Like its sister pub, the Cat & Fiddle, there are normally three beers available here, one usually from Liverpool Organic. Paninis are available to eat up to 10.00pm and Sunday lunch is popular.


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Continue walking along Litherland Road and after crossing the canal turn left along Strand Road that will bring you to the commercial centre of Bootle. There are two pubs on the ground floor of the Triad Building. One is Yate's Bootle. Like other pubs in this chain, food now dominates here. Two beers are usually on, Greene King IPA and Bombardier.

At the other end of the building is another Wetherspoon pub, the Wild Rose. Eight hand pumps ensure there is always a good selection of beers here.


The Wild Rose

Should you still wish to visit another pub after touring Bootle pubs, you can catch a number 53 bus up to Seaforth, Alight on Cambridge Road and walk down Rawson Road to the Cock & Seaman. Here there are normally two beers available, often locales.


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  • Here is a list of branch events and other real ale events known to the branch. Should you know of any real ale events that should be included in a future newsletter please email details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    Members can attend committee meetings. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. 
    For information regarding coach trips please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Ian on 07521 741 586. 
  • Thursday 7th July – Cycle or walk to the Rock the Boat Brewery. CANCELLED
  • Thursday 7th July – Cycle ride around Maghull & Lydiate, including the Scotch Piper. Meet Sue & Steve at Maghull station 6.00pm.
  • Saturday 9th July – Coach trip to Bridgenorth.
  • Wednesday 13th July – July Committee meeting.
  • Wednesday 13th July – Meet the Brewer from Big Bog. The Frank Hornby, Maghull from 7.30pm.
  • Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July - Southport Beer & Folk Festival, organised by Real Ale Events Ltd at Southport Pleasureland. £2 discount off a £12 card for CAMRA members.
  • 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.
  • Thursday 21st July – Meet the Brewer from Dunscar Bridge. The Barker Brewery Huyton, 6.00-8.00pm.
  • Saturday 23rd July – Inter CAMRA branch bowling competition. 1.00pm Brown Edge, Nutgrove, St Helens. On 10A bus route. Any bowler will be welcome to join our team.
  • Saturday 30th July – Train trip to Manchester for the People's History Museum Beer Festival Manchester, meet Paul 10.00am at Lime Street Station.
  • Wednesday 3rd August – Committee meeting.
  • Saturday 6th August – Coach trip to Worcester.
  • Saturday 6th August – CAMRA Revitalisation meeting. 2pm The Augustus John, Peach Street, Liverpool University.
  • Sunday 7th August – First Sunday lunch. Railway, Tithebarn Street, 1.00pm.
  • Wednesday 17th August – Branch Get Together. Walk to pubs in Gateacre & Woolton. Meet 6.00pm Childwall Fiveways (earlier if you want to eat).
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Brewery News

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Rock the Boat have produced another beer in collaboration with staff from Rigby’s and the Fly in the Loaf. Summer Pale Ale, 4.5%, made with Admiral and Fly (American) hops, both proper bitter hops. The beer will be available in the three Manx pubs in Liverpool during July.

The Baltic Fleet Brewery had to suspend brewing for a few weeks. The issues have now been resolved and Summer Ale was back on tap at the end of June. This also delayed the brewing of the second beer, American Pale Ale, 4.2%. This will be available during July. This is to be the first of a series of different brews produced each quarter. Two casks will be available for the bar each week, so on occasions the second beer may not be available.

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Other Pub News

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City Centre
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.



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Wigan Day Out

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Sue Daniels reports.
On Saturday 18th June we had our second Wigan Day Out and what a good day it was! Having had a hearty breakfast in the North Western we caught the train from Lime Street and arrived in Wigan just after midday.
First stop was Wigan Central with its old fashioned train booth seating complete with luggage netting. From here we made the 10 minute walk to the Anvil where most cask beers are £2.25 a pint, with a wide selection. Just up the road from here we visited the Martland Mill Tap & Barrell that has an enclosed outside seating area complete with astro turf!
We then made our way to the John Bull Chop House, where I found the juke box had the best mix of 80's music I have heard in a long time. The day was swiftly moving on and our next pub on the tour was the Raven. This is a lovely traditional pub with a good selection of cask beers, plus pie n peas!
We ended the walk with a swift one in the Swan & Railway before catching the train back to Lime Street. A great day with great beer and great company. Thanks to all who came along.
All are welcome to join future similar trips. Check out the fixtures.

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Award Evening 2016

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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


A big thank you to Steve and his staff for their hospitality and congratulations to all our award winners.


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Old Swan Ale House Opens

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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.

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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.

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Lion and Cross Keys Close

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Geoff Edwards reports.

Two of Liverpool’s historic pubs have closed their doors following a long-running dispute with Punch Taverns over leases and rents.
The Grade Two listed Lion Tavern on the corner of Moorfields and Tithebarn Street, which features in CAMRA’s National Inventory of unspoilt pub interiors, was also Liverpool’s longest continuously operating pub. It has now closed its doors for the first time in 180 years. The Lion is named after the famous Liverpool and Manchester Railway locomotive that starred in ‘the Titfield Thunderbolt’ film.



The Cross Keys in Earle Street has also closed its doors. Paul Simon performed at the pub in the same year he wrote ‘Homeward Bound’ while waiting on Widnes station. The pub was also famous for its link to boxing, with the Liverpool Stadium a stone’s throw away. This was the venue for many notable boxing bouts; one involved Kirkby-born John Conteh, who successfully defended his world light-heavyweight crown there in 1977.

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As a Lion regular and local organiser for the CAMRA Members Weekend in Liverpool, here is my opinion;
“Currently, two historic and well-loved pubs, which were visited by many members attending the 2016 CAMRA Members Weekend in April, are closed. It is vital that both establishments open their doors as soon as possible. However, given the reputation of particularly the Lion, it is vital that any tenant has the appropriate expertise in managing a real ale pub, otherwise clientele, built up over many years may go elsewhere.”

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Again there is some bad news this month. There are probably several reasons behind the closure of two more of our pubs. If you are reading this you will probably be a person who regularly enjoys drinking real ale in our pubs. Hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to our city are missing out on this great experience. Spread the word!

Credits for other news: Tony Morgan
Copy date for the next Newsletter 29th July.

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