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.
HEADLINE NEWS – BREWERY TAP STOCKS SCOTTISH BELGIUM BEER
Tony Williams reports.
The Brewery Tap is now selling beers from the Six Degrees North Brewery at Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire. This brewery specialises in Belgium type beers and is named because it is six degrees north of Brussels. A cask beer, Belgium Pale Ale is on handpump, and there are also four keg beers. Chopper Stout is available in bottles.
There continues to be up to three other cask ales available, with Titanic Plum Porter being available on my last visit.
The pub is benefiting from passing trade from people visiting the Biennial exhibition at the old Cains Brewery. I recommend people visit both the exhibition and the Tap.