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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HAVE A COOL YULE!!!

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As we approach the season’s festivities it will hopefully be a time for some rest and relaxation for Melwood after two full years in existence.  The company was established and we acquired our current premises in November 2012 (although we didn’t start brewing until March 2013) but it has been all go for us for the last two years.

We have been growing and developing in all this time and we feel that we will start 2015 with a clear vision for how we want to go forward.  There will be a few exciting developments which we will announce as the year progresses and we will be working even harder to produce the kind of ales you want to drink.

In the meantime we thank all our loyal customers, (with a special thank you to Laura at The Caledonia  *special thanks*) for all your business throughout this year. We hope you have a peaceful (but profitable) Yuletide and a Happy New Year.

To all you fantastic real ale drinkers out there who are supporting us and our independent pubs and restaurants with your discerning tastes by buying our ales and enjoying them; we hope that you have a great time enjoying them further over the festive period and have a Happy New Year!

And to Stan Shaw, our Master brewer;  you have made our brewery work so much better with your skills and engineer-genius brain that we cannot thank you enough for everything you have done.  We hope to develop our beers with you in 2015 and beyond.  Thank you Stan!

With love and thanks,

Julie & John xx

 

 

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FATHER TED 4.2ABV Fantastic chestnut colour with a backbone of warm, mellow All English hops: Challenger, Pilgrim and a shot of Fuggles.

FATHER TED 4.2ABV Fantastic chestnut colour with a backbone of warm, mellow All English hops: Challenger, Pilgrim and a shot of Fuggles.

KNOWSLEY BLONDE 4.3 ABV – Crisp, refreshing pale ale using only Atlas hops – a hybrid of Brewers Gold and Slovenian Wild Hop.  This beer has a fresh hoppy aroma with a pleasant bitter taste.

  KNOWSLEY BLONDE 4.3 ABV – Crisp, refreshing pale ale using only Atlas hops – a hybrid of Brewers Gold and Slovenian Wild Hop. This beer has a fresh hoppy aroma with a pleasant bitter taste.

Lovelight 3.8%ABV- Light very hoppy blonde beer. Three types of American hops make this beer a bold yet refreshing drink with tons of hop aroma and a crisp biting flavour.  Proper hop bomb.

Lovelight 3.8%ABV- Light very hoppy blonde beer. Three types of American hops make this beer a bold yet refreshing drink with tons of hop aroma and a crisp biting flavour. Proper hop bomb.

WHITER SHADE OF PALE 4.3 abv A pale ale, single hopped with Chinook hops make for a hoppy but very drinkable very pale ale. Originally brewed as No4 in our limited edition 'Icons of Rock Series', this ale proved so popular it had to be brewed again!

WHITER SHADE OF PALE 4.3 abv
A pale ale, single hopped with Chinook hops make for a hoppy but very drinkable very pale ale. Originally brewed as No4 in our limited edition ‘Icons of Rock Series’, this ale proved so popular it had to be brewed again!

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PALEFACE 4.0 ABV:  As the name suggests –a pale hoppy beer brewed with lots of late summit hops  giving it a full flavour with great mouth-feel and long hoppy aftertaste.

PALEFACE 4.0 ABV: As the name suggests –a pale hoppy beer brewed with lots of late summit hops giving it a full flavour with great mouth-feel and long hoppy aftertaste.

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Lets get ready to Rumble!

Lets get ready to Rumble!

 

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Mashing in

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CITRADELIC 5.1% A light pale ale single hopped with American Citra hops giving the classic grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas this hop is famous for.

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A light pale ale single hopped with American Citra hops giving the classic grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas this hop is famous for.

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Stanley Gold 4.3 ABV– Triple American hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo giving this beer a crisp hoppy flavour and a beautiful citrus aroma; a well-balanced but complex, refreshing beer.

Stanley Gold 4.3 ABV– Triple American hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo giving this beer a crisp hoppy flavour and a beautiful citrus aroma; a well-balanced but complex, refreshing beer.

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ONE STEP BEYOND 4.7 abv  No7 in our Icons of Rock series, this Chestnut bitter is quadruple hopped with a slight Slovenian twist from the Atlas hop, making this beer robust but well balanced with a fresh hoppy aroma to compliment the British malt backbone.

ONE STEP BEYOND 4.7 abv
No7 in our Icons of Rock series, this Chestnut bitter is quadruple hopped with a slight Slovenian twist from the Atlas hop, making this beer robust but well balanced with a fresh hoppy aroma to compliment the British malt backbone.

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Things are moving so fast here at Melwood that we’ve had little time to update on how well the Shakedown went on 1st November.

Well we are pleased to report that it was a resounding success for all involved!

We had five beers on our bar with Shakedown ‘favourites’ Citradelic & Deadhead being the stars of the show.  Both beers sold out to the dismay of regular Shakedown supporters Neil & Rob. But we had standbys of ‘Lovelight, ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ and ‘Festival Ale’ if needed! Regular favourites were also there – Knowsley Blonde, Father Ted, Derby Stout – which was a tad lively! Pump problems but worth the wait!

The bar was steady from the word go and at times both of our offspring, John Jnr & Charlotte were pulling pints behind the bar with Mrsmelwood!

The Baltic Social was buzzing and their bar was HEAVING! And their fabulous food was amazing as always!!

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It turned out to be a musical extravaganza that’s got Mr Melwood’s head all in a spin because he wants to do it all again!!!  Talk about Harvey Goldsmith!!

The music began with the fabulous duo ‘Leoncita’ and weren’t they amazing singers! They are a female folky acoustic duo who were playing their own interpretations of some well known songs. Accomplished musicians, we really enjoyed their set and we know the very supportive crowd did too.  Harmonies were spot on girls; hope you can join us again for the next Shakedown?!

After that Mr Gary Grainger, guitarist and singer extraordinaire took to the stage.  Gary travelled down from the North East to be with us especially after ‘Shakedown Street’ met him at the Sol Party in July where they headlined.  A mutual appreciation of similar music also saw Gary take to the stage with ‘Shakedown Street’ later on in the evening! Wow it blew us all away!

Next up on stage was Mr Melwood himself with a bit of a reunion band performance of ‘Traveller’ the band John formed with friends Jason Parr, Steve Cox & Ritchie Long back in the 90s. Ritchie has not played the drums in 20 years so it was amazing to see that he hadn’t forgotten how to at all! Brings back memories seeing them up there we can tell you!

Shakedown Street member Bill Stoddard’s other band ‘Cactus’ were on stage next playing their all original material. Quite mesmerising sounds of Prog. Rock which fitted in with the ‘feel’ of the day perfectly!

A bit later on the main attraction – Shakedown Street – played two magnificent sets with the addition of Gary Grainger before he drove back off up North.  They excelled themselves this Shakedown and were buzzing afterwards.  Sorry that there’s not more pics but Mrsmelwood couldn’t get away from the bar to take many!

Suffice it to say were very tired at the end and we wended our way home at 3am, sober but happy.

Thank you to all who came; it was great to finally meet some special twitter followers at last and to see our faithful friends and family – too many of you to mention but always in our hearts.

 

See you at the next Shakedown in March 2015?

 

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Shameless plug for our event this Saturday 1st November please call in to see Julie & John, have a few pints, sample the Baltic Social’s fine food menu and see some great bands including the one and only SHAKEDOWN STREET. We start to serve our beer from 2pm, acoustic bands from 4pm and full on madness from about 8pm.  It’s gonna be a great night!!!

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Melwood Beer list w/c 20.10.14

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Stanley Gold 4.3 ABV– Triple American hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo giving this beer a crisp hoppy flavour and a beautiful citrus aroma; a well-balanced but complex, refreshing beer.

Stanley Gold 4.3 ABV– Triple American hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo giving this beer a crisp hoppy flavour and a beautiful citrus aroma; a well-balanced but complex, refreshing beer.

CITRADELIC 5.1% A light pale ale single hopped with American Citra hops giving the classic grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas this hop is famous for.

CITRADELIC 5.1%
A light pale ale single hopped with American Citra hops giving the classic grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas this hop is famous for.

WHITER SHADE OF PALE 4.3 abv A pale ale, single hopped with Chinook hops make for a hoppy but very drinkable very pale ale. Originally brewed as No4 in our limited edition 'Icons of Rock Series', this ale proved so popular it had to be brewed again!

WHITER SHADE OF PALE 4.3 abv
A pale ale, single hopped with Chinook hops make for a hoppy but very drinkable very pale ale. Originally brewed as No4 in our limited edition ‘Icons of Rock Series’, this ale proved so popular it had to be brewed again!

KNOWSLEY BLONDE 4.3 ABV – Crisp, refreshing pale ale using only Atlas hops – a hybrid of Brewers Gold and Slovenian Wild Hop.  This beer has a fresh hoppy aroma with a pleasant bitter taste.

KNOWSLEY BLONDE 4.3 ABV – Crisp, refreshing pale ale using only Atlas hops – a hybrid of Brewers Gold and Slovenian Wild Hop. This beer has a fresh hoppy aroma with a pleasant bitter taste.

Lovelight 3.8%ABV- Light very hoppy blonde beer. Three types of American hops make this beer a bold yet refreshing drink with tons of hop aroma and a crisp biting flavour.  Proper hop bomb.

Lovelight 3.8%ABV- Light very hoppy blonde beer. Three types of American hops make this beer a bold yet refreshing drink with tons of hop aroma and a crisp biting flavour. Proper hop bomb.

FATHER TED 4.2ABV Fantastic chestnut colour with a backbone of warm, mellow All English hops: Challenger, Pilgrim and a shot of Fuggles.

FATHER TED 4.2ABV Fantastic chestnut colour with a backbone of warm, mellow All English hops: Challenger, Pilgrim and a shot of Fuggles.

ONE STEP BEYOND 4.7 abv  No7 in our Icons of Rock series, this Chestnut bitter is quadruple hopped with a slight Slovenian twist from the Atlas hop, making this beer robust but well balanced with a fresh hoppy aroma to compliment the British malt backbone.

ONE STEP BEYOND 4.7 abv
No7 in our Icons of Rock series, this Chestnut bitter is quadruple hopped with a slight Slovenian twist from the Atlas hop, making this beer robust but well balanced with a fresh hoppy aroma to compliment the British malt backbone.

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