August 2017 (8)

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

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 is that of the writers’ and not necessarily those of CAMRA or the branch.
Andre Fu
Vice Chair

The June Newsletter can also be pdfdownloaded261.43 KB26/08/2017, 07:14

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

Mel James-Henry, Steve Downing, Steve Berks, Sue Daniels, Tony Morgan, Ian Rayner

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Pub News

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The Handyman Pub is due to have their official opening night on Friday, 11th August.
More details can be found at either or @handymanbrewery

461, Smithdown Road, L15 3JL

The Fall Well is hosting a Battle of the Brewers with Hawkshead & Peerless on 17th August starting 6pm.

Roe Street, L1 1LS

Allerton Hall or Pub in the Park, as it used to be known, has closed for a significant and lengthy refurbishment. This pub/restaurant, owned by Greene King, shut on 8th August and will re-open on 6th November and re-branded as a Farmhouse Inns.

Springwood Avenue, Woolton, L25 7UN

Hard Times & Misery now hosts a Pie Club on the last Wednesday of the month starting at 7:30pm.

The concept is simple - ‘ bring pies, share pies, eat pies...drink happy!’ Next meeting: 30th August.

2b Maryland Street, L1 9DE

Waterloo Rugby Club continue to offer a discount card to all visitors, not just members, which gives 10% off ALL drinks inc cask beer throughout August.  On Mon-Wed, all cask beer is £2/pt.

Opening times: Mon-Fri 17:00-23:00; Saturday 14:00 – 23:00; Sunday 14:00 – 20:00

St Anthony’s Road, Blundellsands, Crosby L23 8TW

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Meet the Brewer

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Buccaneer BreweryThere will be a Meet the Brewer at the Queens Picture House, South Rd, Waterloo featuring Buccaneer Brewery from Sutton Weaver, near Runcorn on Monday, 28th August between 6pm - 8pm. They are a fairly new brewery and rarely seen on this side of the Mersey, so it’s an ideal opportunity to try their beers including Cap’n Red Beard (5%), Portside Pirates (4.5%), Splice the Mainbrace (4.4%) & Siren’s Lure (3.7%).

47-49 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE

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locale logoAs a result of recent research & monitoring, three pubs/bars within the Crosby/Waterloo/Blundellsands area will be added to the list of LocAle pubs in the next edition of Merseyale. The Barbacoa, the Royal Hotel and The Edinburgh regularly sell beers from Rock the Boat Brewery in Crosby as well as other local beers. These join the numerous other pubs who are Locale accredited in this area.
Barbacoa, 47-51 Mersey View, L22 6QA
Royal Hotel, Marine Terrace, L22 5PR
Edinburgh, 119 College Rd, L23 3AS

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Head of Steam

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HofS LogoThe Abbey on Hanover Street closed it’s doors suddenly in the last few weeks of June but all is not lost.
Soon after we received a Press Release from Head of Steam stating that this site has been identified as their new pub in the heart of the city centre. Some of you may remember the original HoS, which was located within Lime Street Station. It went into decline several years ago and eventually closed two years ago only to be re-developed / re-opened by Wetherspoon as The North Western.

The Head of Steam brand is now owned and operated by Camerons Brewery of Hartlepool and the Liverpool branch is the 11th site in their portfolio and will be based on the successful Sheffield site. The venue is due to open at the end the September and will feature an ‘island’ bar and will have 10 cask ale lines dispensing beers and real cider from around the region and beyond.

The food offering will include a brunch menu, a range of British pub classics, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options which will constantly be updated to offer a varied selection to customers.

85-89 Hanover Street, L1 3DZ

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Hoylake Beer Festival

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Friday, 25th – Monday, 28th August

Hoylake Beer Festival – Hoylake Parade Community Centre, Hoyle Road, Hoylake, CH47 3AG

over 65 cask ales available; also ciders, wines & gin bar. Live Music & Great Food

Friday – 4pm -11pm                Saturday – 4pm -11pm                        Sunday – 12pm-8pm                           Monday– 12pm-8pm

Ticket Sales:; also available at Hoylake Parade reception Tel: 632 2889

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Cheshire Beer Festival

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Our colleagues from Cheshire need help so, if you fancy volunteering at a (fairly) local beer festival ….

The 3rd Cheshire Beer Festival will be held on 10th & 11th November at Chester Racecourse

As usual, they need volunteers for a variety of roles both during the festival and also for set-up / take-down.

Note: Jobs are allocated on a rota basis during each session & you may be given a variety of tasks.

Most jobs are serving beer, but other essential jobs include door, glasses, vouchers & games.

If there are any jobs you would prefer NOT to do, please note on the staffing form which can be found at:

Please return this form directly to: Eileen Willshaw, Staffing Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Letters of confirmation will be sent out & final confirmation/info pack will be sent out in late October.

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Here is a list of branch events and other real ale events known to the branch.

  • 19th August – Day out in Chester – Meet at Central Station 11:00 for 11:15 train19th August – Day out in Chester – Meet at Central Station 11:00 for 11:15 train
  • 2nd September – Inter-branch Bowls Tournament - Northern Club, Elm Avenue, Crosby, L23; from 1pm.
  • 23rd September – Coach to Bridgnorth for the Michaelmas festival. Depart: Ship & Mitre @ 9:45am.To reserve a seat, please contact:  £5 deposit required
  • 24th September – Ferry across the Mersey then a walk from Seacombe to New Brighton stopping off at various pubs along the way. Meet at Pier Head Ferry Terminal for 12 noon ferry.
  • 7th October – Cider Month Coach Trip – departing from the Ship & Mitre at 11:00 am. We will be visiting The Blue Bell at Halkyn and the Raven Inn, Llanarmon-yn-lal plus at least one other. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place

I am surprised more people are not sending in details of events for the diary, surely there are more!
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 are encouraged to attend committee meetings and socialise afterwards. There could be a need to change date or venue, so if you intend to attend, please check by emailing; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check.
For information regarding coach trips please email Matt  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Ian on 07521 741 586.

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