September 2017 (8)

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Welcome to the SEPTEMBER 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 writer and not necessarily those of CAMRA or the branch.
Andre Fu
Vice Chair


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

 Dave Barker, Tony Morgan


You can also docdownload the Newsletter here34.00 KB06/10/2017, 07:12

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Get together

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IMAG2094NEXT month’s Get – together is WEDNESDAY 18th OCTOBER and is a walk around the city centre Wetherspoon’s to coincide with their Autumn Beer Festival. If you wish to eat beforehand, we will be meeting at the North Western (Lime Street Station) at 6:30pm, we will then move onto the Richard John Blackler for 7:30, followed by the Fall Well, the Welkin to finish in The Lime Kiln in Concert Square.

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CBoB nominations

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Ale Pump Blue IconReminder: Champion Beer of Britain (CBoB) nominations


Don’t forget to vote for your favourite local beers. All CAMRA members have the chance to nominate beers by using the CBoB voting website 

You will need your login details: Membership number and your password. If you have forgotten your password contact CAMRA Membership Services by email using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01727 798 8440.

Voting closes on Wednesday 1st November 2017 so get cracking!

You can nominate up to five beers in each of the eleven categories to be put forward for the CBoB competition, but if you only want to nominate beers in one category, or even just one beer, that’s fine. The more votes we get, the better the results will be. You do not have to nominate all the beers in one go. You can alter your selections anytime up to the deadline .

The CBoB voting system gives every CAMRA member the opportunity to have a say in who wins and becomes CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain, so don’t moan about which beers get judged at GBBF, get involved and vote for your favourites.

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Help keep pubs afloat

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Pub Sign IconHelp keep pubs afloat!

CAMRA are urging all members to get involved in the Tax campaign ahead of the Budget. All CAMRA members are being asked to take action to save our pubs from sinking. While it's the publicans and brewers that pay the tax bills, it's ultimately consumers like you who will pay the price as publicans and brewers are forced to put up prices or go bust.

CAMRA are calling for a £5,000 annual business rate relief for all pubs as well as a freeze in beer duty.

What you can do:

  1. Urge your MP to support the campaign. CAMRA has a lobby page: Fill in the details and the system finds your MP and emails them direct, it takes seconds to do.

  1. Attend an MP’s constituency surgery to speak about the issue directly with your MP or call the Parliamentary Switchboard and ask to be put through to your MPs office on 020 7219 3000.
  2. Write to your local Council urging them to implement a business rate relief scheme – a template letter to your Council Leader or directly elected Mayor can be downloaded from here
    NB: make sure you are writing to the council that is the billing authority for your area, a list can be found here

You don’t have to attend CAMRA branch meetings to take part in CAMRA work every act like this helps CAMRA campaigning

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Head of Steam

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IMAG8684The Head of Steam on Hanover Street finally opened to the public on 21st September. The venue, operated by Camerons Brewery of Hartlepool, features an ‘island’  bar and has 7 cask ale lines and 1 for real cider. Currently, there are three from Camerons, two from Leeds Brewery and the remaining are from local brewers such as Neptune, Rock the Boat, Liverpool Organic and Chapter. A discount is available to CAMRA members on production of a valid card.

The previous bar area has been replaced by a series of booths, which will seat up to 6 people comfortably, and feature their own power and USB charging points. The VIP area at the rear has been retained and renamed ‘The Tasting Room’ and is supported by Chimay and features another 2 real ale pumps as well as craft keg fonts.

The Tasting Room will be used to host events. The first event is an evening with Stone Brewing on Tuesday, 5th October at 7pm and will feature beer sampling followed by beer & cheese pairing session from 8pm. This event is free. Then Chimay is hosting a Beer & Cheese Experience on Wednesday, 18th October from 7:30. This event is also free but places need to be booked by emailing the pub as places are limited.

Live music features Thurs-Sun (8pm). Details can be found on their Facebook page (@HOS_Liverpool)

The food offering includes a brunch menu, a range of British pub classics, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to offer a varied selection to customers.

85-89 Hanover Street, L1 3DZ; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Other Pub News

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Ranelagh’s Tavern have now reduced their handpumps down to 3 as well as ceasing their £2 Ale of the Day offer as previously stated.

Mackenzies has increased their Mon-Thurs price on real ale to £2.50 (£3.50 Fri-Sun). They continue to offer a good selection of beers and are well kept. Titanic Plum Porter often appears and there is usually a local beer available.

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Rock the Boat

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Rock the BoatRecently David Barker, brewer at Rock the Boat Brewery, spent two days at Stocks Hop farm in Worcestershire. During this time he walked the 100 acres of hop fields where nine varieties of hops are grown (Pilgrim, Target, Phoenix, Goldings, Bramling Cross, Jester, First Gold, Sovereign and Endeavour varieties), and learned how hops are processed for sale to commercial and home brewers.

David harvested some First Gold hops on the Thursday of his visit and brewed with them within 23 hours using a pale malt. The result is First Gold Green Hops Pale Ale (3.9%). Reports say it is a light beer with a subtle hop aroma,  – I can verify this as I’ve tried it at Mackenzies. It has also been on sale in the Roscoe Head and the Baltic Fleet, and on its appearance in the Corner Post micro pub on Tuesday 26th September it sold out that evening. It should soon make an appearance in the Volunteer Canteen, The Barbacoa, The Liver and Stamps Too.

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Wirral Beer Festival

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Thursday, 26th – Sunday, 29th October

Wirral Beer Festival – Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight

100 cask ales available;  50 ciders; 100 Craft, USA & Continental beers; Premium Gin & Spirits bar.

Live Music & Food

Tickets available from Eventbrite

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