Welcome to the MAY edition of the Liverpool & Districts CAMRA Branch Newsletter
Any opinions expressed in this newsletter is that of the writers and not necessarily the same as CAMRA or the branch.
Finally...a big thank-you to this month's contributors who have supplied me with pub news...
CASK have introduced an Acoustic Music Night on the 1stTuesday of the month. There is no fixed time when it starts but to quote the genial hosts “it starts when folk who love beer & music arrive”.
The next session is 2ndMay.
Sticking with CASK, don’t forget it is the presentation of the Pub of the Year (POTY) Shieldto the pub as this year’s competition winner on 17thMay; Start: 8pm
438 Queens Drive, Stoneycroft, L13 0AR
The Fall Welli s to host a one-day beer festival on 16thMay, starting at 5pm and featuring 8 breweries. Yours truly has been asked to recommend some beers to get in (which I am thinking about as I type this newsletter) and so far I have suggested that they have at least one mild on offer to mark May is Mild Month – Black Cat Reserve anyone ?
Breweries: Big Bog / Coach House / Conwy / Hawkshead / Marston’s / Moorhouse / Spitting Feathers
Craft Taproom has had two handpulls installed. This newly opened craft ale focused pub now offers real ales as well as eight craft ales and a vast range of bottled beers. Cask ales are sourced from ‘Funky Beers’, which specialise in providing quirky and unusual real ales, recently Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch was available. There is a useful working WiFi service for drinkers with the desire to work.
174 Smithdown Road, L15 3JR
In mid April, popular manager Bryn at The Willow Bank Tavern moved on; he has gone to the Offa’s Dyke in Broughton, Chester.
Currently, David is Acting Manager, but Bryn’s replacement should be announced by May 1st. The pub continues to sell seven beers in good condition at weekends and slightly fewer during the early end of the week, it offers 10% CAMRA discount on Tuesdays. Westons Old Rosie real cider is also available.
329 Smithdown Road, Wavertree, L15 3JA
Subject to local Parish Council approval, a community cafe in Maghull is due to become our branch’s latest micropub later on this month. Mocha Coffee & Sandwich Bar is due to be re-named as Maghull Cask Cafe and will operate as such 4pm-9pm (Thurs-Sat) and 12pm-9pm (Sun). They plan to offer 4 cask ales including a permanent stout/porter. Bottled craft beers will also be available.
43, Liverpool Road South, Maghull, L31 7BN
We have been asked to remind members that on Wednesday evenings only, they are allowed to use the bar at The Northern Club in Crosby on production of a valid card. This private sports club usually has 3 ales on offer. A beer from local brewery, Rock the Boat tends to be available along with Hawkshead Bitter. The beer from the remaining handpull changes but, usually, it’s a pale or golden ale. The bar opens 5pm-11pm.
Elm Avenue, Moor Park, Crosby, L23 2SX
As reported in last month’s edition, the Old Bank on South Road, Waterloo was due to re-open after a period of closure. Well...they are now up and running. Unfortunately, the number of handpulls has been reduced to three and real cider is no longer available. There is less emphasis on showing live sport, as there is currently only one TV screen.
On a more positive note, on a recent visit, all the beers on sale were local. There was one from Stamps Brewery and two others from the Ship & Mitre. This is the first time I have seen their beers on sale in another pub, which is to be commended. I look forward to discussing with the new licensee, Robbie, about his future plans for the place.
34 South Road,Waterloo, L22 5PE
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.
It truly is the ‘end of an era’ as we receive confirmation that the brewing kit has been sold and removed from the basement of the Baltic Fleet meaning Liverpool has finally lost it’s last remaining “brewpub” and Wapping beer will no longer be brewed. I have been told by General Manager, Richard Lee that the kit has been sold to city based microbrewery, Ad Hop, and brewer, Tom, has joined their team. Simon Holt, the owner, confirmed the following via email…
“After careful consideration I have decided to stop brewing in the cellar and sell the brewery on to Anders at Ad Hop. The Baltic Fleet is going from strength to strength, particularly our Locale sales. We currently offer up to 12 local casks, keg & bottle. We're passing on a great kit & supporting the growth of an already established Liverpool brewer. So for one last time let's raise our glasses & shout, "mine's a WAPPING!"
Bar Person of the Year Nominations
We aim to encourage everyone to try at least one mild during May. Milds are black to dark brown to pale amber in colour and come in a variety of styles from warming roasty ales to light refreshing lunchtime thirst quenchers. Malty and possibly sweet tones dominate the flavour profile but there may be a light hop flavour or aroma. Slight diacetyl (toffee/butterscotch) flavours are not inappropriate. Alcohol levels are typically low. One of the most popular regional mild is Moorhouse Black Cat. For those who prefer something light coloured, Timothy Talyor Golden Best is a good example. However. you don’t need to look far to find some excellent locally brewed milds. They include Connoisseur Bloody Mild, George Wright Mild, Coach House Gunpowder Mild and Southport Dark Night.
During May, keep an eye out for pubs selling mild. As well as some pubs, including the Caledonia stocking Mild for the pub walk on 11th May, the Baltic, CASK and the Augustus John will also have mild on sale.
Keep an eye on Twitter for updates.
NO First Sunday Meet Up this month.
6th– Coach Trip to Oswestry (Stonehouse Brewery)
10th- Mild Month Pub Crawl, Start: 7pm Blackburne Pub & Eatery, 24 Catharine Street, L8 7NL
17th - Get Together & POTY Presentation, 8pm @ CASK, 438 Queens Drive, Stoneycroft L13 0AR
18th - Day Out in Preston. Meet at Ormskirk Rail Station for 11:52 train or 10:55 at Court Leet (Wetherspoon) for breakfast.
Beer Festivals this Month
A little outside our branch area...but not too far… Tap & Bottlesin Southportare hosting Beer Street again between 19th-20th May. Around 75 in total split between cask and keg. Expect a range of different styles and strengths and lots of one-offs / rarities and collaborations. The festival will be based out of the pub, it will be extend out into Cambridge Arcade for the duration of the weekend, which is a thoroughfare situated between Lord Street and Chapel Street.This year the entry fee is £2.50, and that covers you if you want to come on all three days on the festival. Glasses will be provided on entry, and they are yours to keep.
Beers will all be individually priced and available to purchase with tokens, which will also be available on entry. Unlike last year, token sheets will not be fixed at £10 and will be available for any amount.
Sessions as follows:
Friday: 11am – 3pm; 3pm – 7pm; 7pm – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm; 3pm – 7pm; 7pm – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 3pm; 3pm – 7pm
For more details visit: www.southportbeerstreet.com
19a Cambridge Walk, Southport, PR8 1EN
Further afield, we have been asked to make members aware of the Forever Bury Beer Festivalwill be held at Bury FC Social Clubbetween 11th- 13thMay; 11am-11pm daily.
There will be 55 real ales & 18 ciders from around the country and are all priced at £2.50 a pint. There will also be a large continental bottle bar, live evening entertainment & hot food. The festival is supporting The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity and junior football at the club.
For more details, visit fb-beerfestivals.co.uk
Bury FC Social Club, Gigg Lane, Bury, BL9 9AR
Meet the Brewer featuring Robinson's at The Queen’s Picture House,South Road, Waterloo
Date: 20thJune from 6pm
47-49 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE