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.

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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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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Melwood is once again pleased to be putting on

another ‘Shakedown’ at the fabulous Baltic Social

on Saturday 1st November 2014!

We hope you can join John & Julie for more fantastic hand pulled cask ales and musical accompaniment from the Liverpool scallywags, Shakedown Street, plus some very special guests.

Food is available to purchase from the Baltic Social’s superb menu and their extensive bar will be available for all your other refreshments.

Come on down and join us; the last Shakedown was a resounding success ! We had such fun (as Miranda’s mother would say) and both our bar and the Baltic Social’s bar were sold out!!

We are planning to bring you five beers all pulled on our handpulls by Julie and Co. and a multitude of acoustic music in the afternoon moving on to full on bands into the night.

So please come and see us, sample our fine ales and indulge in a little musical madness at the Baltic Social, Parliament Street, Liverpool!

 

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Melwood Beer List w/c 13.10.14

This weeks beer list:

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Melwood Beer List w/c 29.09.14

This weeks beer list:

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!

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.

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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Melwood Beer at Paul Askew’s The Art School Restaurant

Mrs Melwood revealed recently that Melwood had been privileged to be chosen to supply bespoke ales to the fabulous new restaurant on the Liverpool Scene – The Art School which opened this month fronted by Chef Extraordinaire Paul Askew.

We thought we would give a bit of a big up to Chef Askew, or ‘Porky Askew’ as he is affectionately called, for choosing our beer for this stunning new restaurant.  In fact Paul and his wonderful Restaurant Manager, James Campbell were so ‘blown away’ by our beer that they just couldn’t choose ONE beer – they chose two to be their signature beers and they liked KNOWSLEY BLONDE so much they wanted to stock it in their amazing bar as well! We are so very flattered that they think so much of our ales and appreciate all they do to promote local producers buy buying locally whenever possible.

The two beers Paul and James chose are aptly named ‘PORKY’S PALE ALE’ and ‘THE ART SCHOOL ALE’ and are available to order with your meal at the restaurant or you can take them away in gift packs should you so wish – together with our cheeky, tasty ‘KNOWSLEY BLONDE’.

We were even more flattered that Paul was only one of two suppliers of our beer at the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival.  We can think of no better endorsement than that. Here is Paul with ‘PORKY’S PALE ALE’ at the festival:

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A bit about the beers:

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The exquisite ‘PORKY’S PALE ALE’ 4.0 ABV is a fabulously pale ale which is flavoured with Summit hops giving robust citrus notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit.  The Summit hop has been mooted by some as the ‘ideal hop’ for the ‘ultimate’ pale ale which is what we think Porky’s Pale Ale is! and it’s Paul’s choice to bear his moniker.

Notwithstanding this, the impeccable, even paler  ‘THE ART SCHOOL ALE’ 4.0 ABV is flavoured with Chinook hops which give similar grapefruit and citrus flavours to Summit but a with an added spicy hint and smell, followed by tropical fruit notes and slight tangy pine – James’ favourite and if I dare say, Mr Melwood’s too!

KNOWSLEY BLONDE:  4.3 ABV  A 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 and is fast becoming our best selling beer.  Chosen by Paul and James as worthy to grace the elegant bar of The Art School, we are VERY proud of this beer. It can be found also gracing the bars of the finest pubs in Liverpool and beyond!

KNOWSLEY BLONDE 4.6 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.

 

DINING AT THE ART SCHOOL:

Now unfortunately we haven’t had the opportunity to dine at The Art School yet (shock, horror! Will be rectified asap) but we know a man who has! Just follow this link: http://electrokemistcuisine.weebly.com/blogs/electrokemistry-review-the-art-school-Liverpool to see friend of Melwood, Pedro Cotzier’s, mouthwatering review of The Art School.  We can vouch for the real ale but Pedro will fill you in on the amazing food and service to be found here.

And you can find more information and make your reservation here at The Art School’s website.

We sincerely hope you enjoy your superb meal and the fabulous real ale.

“If The Art School Restaurant is heading for Liverpool’s first Michelin Star The Melwood Beer Company is EXTREMELY PROUD to be a very small part of that!”

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Melwood Beer List w/c 22.09.2014

Do you want beer? Here’s the list, small but perfectly formed:

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!

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.

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.

 

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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Melwood at the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

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Just to let you know that although we are not appearing personally at the Liverpool Food & Drink festival (Costs so high I’m afraid and it way out of our budget this year) we WILL be represented by Liverpool One Bridewell who are serving our bespoke beer ‘Jailhouse Rocks’ on cask and by the fabulous Paul Askew and The Art School Restaurant who will be serving our bespoke bottled beer, ‘Porky’s Pale Ale’ and our very own ‘Knowsley Blonde’ (again in bottles), for your delectation. Please remember them when voting online for the awards http://www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/?page_id=166 Both restaurants do so much to promote local producers especially Liverpool producers.

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