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Stamps Brewery

We have been informed that Stamps Brewery are in the process of installing a new 15bbl fermenter at their current site. They are also in the early stages of negotiating a move of premises to somewhere in the Bootle area.

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Brewery News

Andy from Ad Hop Brewery has told me that he intends half of each of their future brews to be cask ale. The remainder will be sold as key keg or bottled. Advances in canning equipment could mean this method of packaging being used soon. Most of us probably have not drunk a canned beer recently. Andy reports a good beer in a can, is as good as, if not better than, one in the bottle.
The position of CAMRA Brwery Liaison Officer for Ad Hop is available. If you are interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Ship & Mitre is now brewing, using the Stamps brewery. Joe Murphy brews at weekends and has his own fermenters. Beers are: Sublime, a 3.8% Citrus beer Level, a 4.2% Bitter Silhouette, a 4.5% Stout Radiant, a 5.0% Light stronger ale One or two of these are normally available at the bar. Ben reports different beers will be brewed for their Wirral Beer Festival. The outside of the Ship has been repainted and with new signage looks smart.

Big Bog Brewery held an open day at their brewery on the Sunday of the recent bank holiday weekend. Similar events will be held again in the future. The branch has been invited to visit their brewery in Speke for our October Get Togethe,r on the evening of Wednesday the 19th.
People can travel on the 1910 train from Waterloo which calls at Central at 1929, arriving at Hunts Cross at 1947. The brewery is about a ten minute walk from the station. Alternatively, people can use the 89 bus from Huyton, Belle Vale or Woolton alighting on Woodend Avenue. The 82 Arriva bus from the City Centre, or the 81 from Bootle, both stop on Speke Boulevard. People intending to come should email branch contact Sue, to ensure there is enough beer! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Other Pub News

For some time the Rum Porter brewed by Boggart Hole Clough Brewery had been a popular choice at the Vernon Arms on Dale Street. Unfortunately the brewery ceased trading, so the beer is no longer available. To breach the gap a new house beer has been commissioned from the Stamps Brewery, Rhum Noir, 4.6%. This joins the pub’s first house beer on tap, Johnny Handsome brewed by Liverpool Organic.


Yates at Queens Square reopened after being refurbished. There are still four hand pumps here, two with national brands and two from breweries such as Titanic.

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While visiting Hard Times & Misery I noticed that the Hope & Anchor on Maryland Street has not had any cask beer available recently, just craft keg and bottles. Hopefully the real ale will return with the students.


Frank's on Smithdown Road now has a third hand pump fitted and there are now usually two beers on tap. Marston's Wainwright has been joined by Liverpool Organic 24 Carat.



Not far away, the Willow Bank, has been refurbished and now has been painted and signed in the green colours of latest owner Greene King. Up to ten cask beers can be available at the busiest times. The brewery's own beers, including house beer Salix, and one from Castle Rock are regularly available. Guest beers tend to be from the more established breweries.

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After the coach trip to Derby, I changed buses on Allerton Road, using the bus stop outside the Blackburne Eatery. There was just enough time to go inside to sup a glass of Rock the Boat Mussel Wreck. It was good to see real ale back on here after dispense problems have been sorted.


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The Hare & Hounds in West Derby village has had six hand pulls installed. Currently Greene King IPA and Bombardier are available.

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Ship & Mitre Brewing

Ship Mitre BeersThe Ship & Mitre is now brewing, not at the pub, but using the Stamps brewery.
Joe Murphy brews at weekends and has his own fermenters.
Beers are
Sublime 3.8 Citrus beer
Level 4.2 Bitter
Silhouette 4.5 Stout
Radiant 5.0 Light stronger ale
One or two of these are normally available at the bar.
Ben reports four different beers will be brewed for their Wirral Beer Festival.
The outside of the Ship has been repainted and with new signage looks smart.

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Other Pub News

Liverpool now has another brew pub. Love & Rockets on Lark Lane have set up a small craft brewery on the premises producing keg beers. On my visit two beers were on tap, Carmen American IPA, 4.3%, and Satch, a 4.0% Export Pilsner. Two other brews are in their range, Gil Craft, 4.1%, and Doralis 4.3%.
The pub continues to sell cask beer, with Big Bog beers from Speke on the hand pumps on my last visit.
Perhaps sister pub, The Esperanza on Hope Street, which calls itself a brew pub, may also start brewing.

The Lord Warden on London Road has stopped selling Rock the Boat beers. Unfortunately sales never took off and some beer was being regularly poured away. Why can such a pub not be able to support real ale?

Two city centre pubs have closed for refurbishment. First is the Grapes Roscoe / Knight Streets, which is receiving its long planned improvements.

The second is the Yates's at Queens Square. The new image is as Yates, perhaps to further distance the modern eating pub from the earlier wine lodges. The pub is due to reopen mid-August.

Another pub being refurbished is the Horse & Jockey on Waddicar Lane in Melling. New publican here, Adam, has been in touch and informs us that real ale will be available when it reopens towards the end of August. Hopefully Adam’s deal with Enterprise Inns will allow him to offer some interesting beers.

A new outlet for real ale in Maghull is Bar du Fay, at 96 Liverpool Road South, which is on the 300 bus route from Liverpool to Southport. There is one beer engine that normally dispenses a beer from the Stamps Brewery. However, when correspondent Sean visited the beer was not on. Perhaps the beer is only available on busier days. People calling in here can afterwards catch the 300 bus up to Lydiate and visit the Scotch Piper.

I noticed that the Laburnum on Litherland Road Bootle is being offered for lease by Admiral Taverns. This pub has hand pumps and I seem to remember Deuchars IPA being sold here in the past, but there has been no real ale recently. Perhaps a new publican might try selling cask beer here again. The Jawbone along the road makes it work.

It is outside our area, but I decided to mention a new micro pub, as it is so easy to get to. The Beer Station at Freshfield is right next to the station. It is open each day, from 3.00pm on weekdays and midday at weekends.

Beer Station small

There are three hand pumps, two of which dispense beers from the local Red Star Brewery. The other will normally be a beer from another local brewery. 

There are also three keg taps that currently serve products from the Freedom Brewery, including their version of a Kolsch. 

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Real cider is planned, but meanwhile there are bottles from Rosies and Aspinalls.
A selection of wines and spirits mean there is something for all people to drink.


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Branch Breweries

Branch Breweries

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Liverpool Craft Brewery, Liverpool, Merseyside

Liverpool Craft moved premises to the other side of the city centre early in 2015 where visitor facilities should be introduced in due course. The 10 barrel plant supplies arts and music venues as well as pubs.

Liverpool Craft Website

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Liverpool Organic Brewery, Liverpool, Merseyside
Started brewing in August 2009. The brewery only uses certified organic malted barley. Brew plant is a 12.5 Barrel all stainless steel system. They now have 6 fermenters, including a combination FV/lagering vessel so cask lager can be produced.

 Liverpool Organic Website

Mad Hatter, Liverpool, Merseyside

Mad Hatter began brewing in 2013 combining traditional techniques with new flavours and approaches to brewing. Most of their output is in bottled form with some kegged versions, specialising in higher ABV and specialist styles. Relocated to the Baltic Triangle in Feb 2014

Mad Hatter Website

Neptune, Liverpool, Merseyside

Founded July 2015. 1 Barrel Micro Brewery based in Maghull, Merseyside. Brewing cask and bottle conditioned beers. Vegan friendly. They do not use Isinglass finings.

Neptune Website

Rock the Boat
Rock the Boat, Crosby, Merseyside

Rock the Boat began brewing in June 2015 in a converted 16th century wheelwright's workshop in Little Crosby Village.

Rock the Boat Website

Stamps Brewery
Stamps, Liverpool, Merseyside

Began brewing in April 2012. Beers named after famous world postage stamps. Environmentally friendly beer production, power from 52 solar panels and biomass boiler. Rainwater recycled and used for floor cleaning. Used grain sent to local city farm for feed.

 Stamps Brewery Website

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Wapping, Liverpool, Merseyside

Wapping brewery was established in 2002 in the cellars of the pub on the waterfront in Liverpool using the old Passageway Brewery plant. A new brewer, Tom, took over in mid-December. The brewery is now concentrating on brewing Summer ale, but others may be produced in future.

 Wapping Brewery Website

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