Stan Shaw

Stan Shaw

After returning from Beer X in Sheffield we sailed back into our third Shakedown at the wonderful Baltic Social! It was a great day as usual with an eclectic mix of music and beer and the company of fine friends and family.

So we’ve been pretty much recovering from that all-dayer and getting back to basics in the normal day to day life of running a brewery.  We learned such a lot at Beer X and we were reminded about things that we needed to be doing going forward.

Plans are forging ahead for our expansion further into Knowsley Park which we are so excited about because it means we can do everything we’ve dreamed of doing with the brewery. Keep watching this space for further developments…..

And in other news an important event has occurred at Melwood.  Our trusty brewer Stan Shaw has reached his 1000th brew! We gave Stan free reign to produce a beer that sums up his inimitable style and brewing knowledge and he’s done it! He’s named it ‘1000 Up’ and it will be appearing in the great hostelries of Liverpool from this week. Its 5.7 ABV and has a mix of hops including Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin and has a crisp biscuity taste from the malts Stan has used.  We hope you enjoy it on draught at your fave pubs and can salute Stan on his Millennium achievement.

That’s all for now but keep supporting local breweries and pubs we couldn’t do it without you! Salut!

 

 

 

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Melwood is off to Sheffield for SIBA Beer X 2015

 

Just a note to tell you John & Julie are off to lovely Yorkshire tomorrow for the trade experience that is Beer X. We are hoping to learn loads and return with some great ideas for the future!
AND WHEN WE COME BACK…….
It will be full steam ahead for our Shakedown on Saturday 21st March (the Spring Equinox) from 2pm with great beer, music, food and a great venue in The Baltic Social!
Hope all our friends and supporters can join us together with a fair few newbies to Melwood’s now ‘legendary’ shindigs, described by our hosts as ‘lively’!
Hold on to yer ‘ats!

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Liberty Beer & The Levellers

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So we took Liberty beer to the Levellers on Friday night and we are very pleased to say that they loved it!

We had a great time watching A Curious Life and the live acoustic set was amazing.  even more amazing was that we got to meet the band after the show and they were awesome! Here are some picks from the night….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So come and join us at the fabulous Baltic Social, Parliament Street on Saturday 21st March – great beer, music and food all in one place!

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Melwood’s ‘Liberty’ Beer – an homage to the Levellers

You may have been seeing our latest beer ‘Liberty’ fabulous pump clips popping up on the bars of our wonderful city of Liverpool pubs and wondered ‘what’s the story behind this one?’, well…….

Melwood have long been known for producing a range of ‘Icons of Rock Series’ beers which are named after iconic bands, singers or songs.  You may remember our ‘Mojo Risin’ or ‘Fools Gold’ or ‘Whiter Shade of Pale'; well ‘Liberty’ is the latest in our range and has been inspired by one of Mr & Mrs Melwood’s favourite bands of all time, The Levellers.

We’ve wanted to do this one for a while and it just so happened that we bought a supply of ‘Liberty’ Hops and hey presto! the name just fitted the Levellers song ‘Liberty’! How could we name it anything else?

The pump clip design was graciously donated to us by Levellers bassist, Jeremy Cunningham, as well so this is a complete mind blower for us as big fans of not only Levellers music but Jeremy’s outstanding artwork.

The beer is a 5% pale ale flavoured with Liberty hops giving a slightly sweet spicy tang.  It’s a fine drink for a fine band we think and we are proud of the band’s involvement in it.  Thank you to Matt Savage (Levellers keyboards) particularly, for arranging for Jeremy to contact us regarding the design, which I’m sure you will agree is quite striking!

The Levellers are coming to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall next Friday 6th March.  The latest date in their ‘A Curious Life’ tour which showcases a film and live acoustic set by this fine English folk-rock band.  We can’t wait to see them and of course we are presenting them with their own ‘rider’ of Melwood’s Liberty Beer to enjoy whilst they are in town.

If you want to try the beer The Caledonia, The Belvedere and Liverpool Guild of Students Sphinx Bar all have casks on at the moment and I’m sure there will be a few others taking delivery soon.  Enjoy people!

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Oh and if you want to check out the Levellers go here – they are a special band!

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Latest Update

Just a little update for y’all

Things have been happening down Melwood’s way…
We are working closely with a local businessman developing a new product/venture which we hope to be revealing in the next couple of months but lets just say its exciting and delicious!
Expansion plans are on the agenda at Melwood too – we are growing and growing and need some more space so watch this ‘space’ for more news on that :-)
A new beer in the Icons of Rock Series launches this week too ‘Liberty’ ale is inspired by our fave band ‘Levellers’ and we are proud to reveal that Jeremy Cunningham from the band has donated the artwork for the pump clip and labels! We’ll post a pic asap.
We’ve also been fraternising with t’landord. Melwood Beer will be served in the fabulous Knowsley Hall imminently so if you are going to a wedding there be sure to ask for some resident brewery beer – we have more plans afoot for this too with the production of bespoke beers for the happy couples who choose this amazing venue for their nuptials!
That’s all for now except to say Melwood has 7 beers on at this weekend’s CAMRA Liverpool beer festival at the Crypt under Paddy’s wigwam so be sure to have a taste and say hi as Stan will be around Friday evening and John and Julie will be there on Saturday night :-0 have fun and keep supporting local breweries and pubs :-)

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Liverpool Echo Review of Melwood’s Sphinx Pale Ale for Liverpool Guild of Students

Sphinx Pale Ale

Here is a link to Liverpool Echo’s review of Sphinx pale ale! http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/beer-review-liverpool-guild-students-8593920 Melwood are feeling proud :-)

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Liverpool Guild of Students/Melwood Launch of Sphinx Pale Ale at The Sphinx Bar

 

Well last night John and Julie attended the launch of SPHINX PALE ALE at the Liverpool Guild of Students and we are happy to say it was a resounding success!!!

The discerning students of our fair city of LIVERPOOL really embraced the real ale ethos and enjoyed the great flavours, aromas and quality of what real ales have to offer. Sphinx has been designed to give newcomers to real ales an easy drinking, refreshing pint to ease them in to the world of flavoursome beers! At 4.3% abv its not too strong AND at £2.50 a pint its incredible value for money! We also supplied the mighty CITRADELIC 5.1 to provide a contrast in our repertoire and this being £2.50 a pint also went down tremendously.

John and Julie were around for a Meet the Brewers event and we really enjoyed meeting the fantastic students of the University of Liverpool and introducing them to new beers that have flavour and real oomph! to their fledgling palates.  We had samples from our range of beers and we were on hand to talk about our beer, beer making and our ‘journey’ in the world of real ale.

We had a great time and were even graced with a visit from CAMRA members Steve, Andre, Graham & Dave who came to add support and invite students become the prospective voices of real ale and CAMRA members of the future! They enjoyed our wares too ( of course :-) )

So the Sphinx Bar is open until 10.30-11pm each night and as said real ales are priced very cheaply at £2.50 a pint.  The bar has a great ambience about it and the food is really very good.  AND , get this, IT’S NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS!!!! Yes you heard right, anyone can go in and enjoy a fantastic pint of Sphinx Pale Ale on their permanent hand pull and another real ale on the other hand pull, anyone can buy meals from their superb menu (until 7pm Weekdays & 4pm Weekends) and you can even have a go on the console games that are provided in the corner or watch Sky Sports on the TVs! What’s not to love???

We are really proud to be involved with the Guild of Students and have worked really closely with the team of officers to make sure that Sphinx Pale Ale is right for them.  They think it is and we are happily looking forward to continuing our relationship by supplying them great ales in the future. They have already put in a second order based on the sales at the launch so we’re guessing it sold well ;-)

Thank you to Luke, Nick, Harry, Emma et al and look out for brewery tours coming up in the Guild’s calendar.  We’d love to see you all again but this time at our brewery in the park at Lord Derby’s Knowsley Estate!

 

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Melwood & Liverpool Guild of Students launch Sphinx Pale Ale

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Melwood are really happy to announce that we are launching Liverpool Guild of Students very own real ale ‘SPHINX PALE ALE’ on Tuesday 3rd February! John & Julie will be in The Sphinx bar from 6pm onwards for the launch and we’ll also be offering you some tasters of our range of beers! So come along lovely Liverpool students and real ale drinkers alike; we’d love to see you!

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Happy New Year from Melwood!!!

Hello everyone! Happy New Year to you all!!!

Well Christmas/Yule came and went in a flash didn’t it?

We were working right up until about 8pm on Christmas Eve delivering supplies to our favourite pubs so they didn’t run out over the festive period.  John and Stan were very busy between Christmas and New Year as we are working on a new beer doing test brews making sure it all works for a big project that will hopefully come to fruition later this year. (more on that as it develops so watch this space).

Also we have produced the latest in our Icons of Rock Series ‘Moondance’ a fruity pale ale single hopped with Nelson Sauvin Hops which resemble the flavours given in the Sauvignon grape variety. It’s perfect to refresh your palette after all those winter ales and porters you might have been drinking.

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Also for your delectation we have been experimenting with hops. We have decided to produce a number of our core beers dry hopped in the cask to alter the flavour and aroma and character of the beer.  Calling them our ‘BOOTLEG SERIES’ we started with Lovelight 3.8% which we dry hopped with Mosaic and left them unfined so they retained a little haze. In very limited editions, this particular beer has been very well received already!

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Derby Stout 5.1% makes a reappearance next week and work continues as normal in cask washing etc but let us know if you’d like to try our beers by emailing admin@melwoodbeer.co.uk

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