About Melwood Beer Co


About Melwood Beer Company….


The Melwood Beer Company opened its doors in March 2013 by husband and wife duo John & Julie Marsden. We are having one, huge adventure!

We are based in the heart of Knowsley Park in the old Kennels that once housed Lord Derby’s gundogs.





Step outside the brewery to see fields of sheep with pheasants and partridge. Hawks swoop overhead and deer run in the surrounding fields. Nip out the back and see horses and riders coming from the stables directly over our courtyard.

A short walk further into the park sees all sorts of wildlife, a huge lake and in the distance, animals such as rhinos and hippos in the nearby Knowsley Safari park.

We are sure you will agree it’s a wonderous place to work and brew beer!


We moved into The Kennels in January 2016 and we have a brewroom, workshop, cold room, bottling room, office, kitchen and lots of storage rooms.  It’s so great to have space to do the things we have been putting on hold and we have big plans for the future.

Inside the brewhouse we have a five barrel system and have 3 fermenters and 3 conditioning tanks which means we can brew up to four times a week.  Our kit has been assembled from various sources and put together by us with the help of many people and we have plans to go bigger in the near future.

Our journey is forging on from strength to strength and we are enjoying every twist and turn along the way.

We have a number of core beers and a number of seasonal specials and some limited edition one off brews.


Using floor malted barley from the oldest malthouse in Britain and hops from all over the world. All our beers are hand made by John and some by Stan, with a hefty dose of passion for the beer.


Melwood beers now grace the bars of hostelries throughout the north west and we feel that by being careful where they are served we can ensure that the beers are always presented in the best possible condition.  Our bottled beer is starting to be stocked in a selected number of places and we produce keg beer now too!

Follow us on twitter ( @melwoodbeerco ) and like us on our facebook page (The Melwood Beer Company) for news on where and when the beers can be found.


We can also supply casks and kegs of beer and serving equipment to events and parties throughout the region; please contact us if you are interested in this.

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.

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.

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