Fools Gold (5.3% abv) – Back by Popular Demand!

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Originally one of our Icons of Rock series of beers this incantation of Fools Gold is back by popular demand at 5.3% abv.

Brewed with heritage barley, Golden Promise, this IPA is single hopped with English Pioneer giving a distinctly hoppy, pleasant lemon and grapefruit aroma, with cedar and herbal flavour notes.

Pride (in the name of Love)

PRIDE Keg Lens

It is with great Pride (sorry about the pun) that Melwood Beer Co are participating in the Liverpool Pride festival this weekend (30th July) in our own small way because we have brewed a beer that is being exclusively served by The Dead Crafty Beer Company on St Georges’ plateau.

The Beer

Using an array of American hops this pale ale is easy drinking and is a nice 5% keg beer.  Dry hopped with Columbus hops which are earthy, citrussy and spicy!

The Festival

Liverpool Pride is an entirely volunteer-led charity that’s trying to combat homophobia and transphobia across the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Their core values are that they are FREE, INCLUSIVE, VISIBLE and all about LIVERPOOL.

So come on down and support Liverpool Pride and local businesses.  All the details about the festival can be found here.

Hope you enjoy the show!


Beer Styles – info for the craft beer drinker

Hopefully the following info will help you to decide what type or style of beer that you like.  There are so many styles of beer and it would be impossible to list them all in this post but here is a selection of popular styles that Melwood like and brew currently. The latter styles we have plans to brew in the future although we don’t think we’ll be brewing Mild any time soon as we find that there is very little demand for this style of beer so this is included just for info!

So here goes….

English Pale Ale (EPA)

The English Pale Ale can be traced back to the city of Burton-upon-Trent, a city with an abundance of rich hard water. This hard water helps with the clarity as well as enhancing the hop bitterness. EPA can go from golden to reddish amber in colour and has a mix of fruity, hoppy, earthy, buttery and malty aromas and flavours. All ingredients must be English.
Melwood’s Pale ale: Equinox

English Bitter

The Bitter style came from brewers who wanted to differentiate their ales from other mild brews but they used pale malts and more hops. English bitters are gold to copper in colour and are light bodied. They have  a moderate Hop bitterness and most have a fruitiness in aroma and flavour. All ingredients must be English.
Melwood’s English Bitter: Father Ted

American Pale Ale (APA)

This style is now popular worldwide and uses  American hops, which are becoming very popular. There is usually a good balance of malt and hops and they tend to be fruity with bitterness that can range from lightly floral to pungent.

Melwood’s APAs: Whiter Shade of Pale, Liberty, Lovelight, Sunshine Daydream

Amber / Red Ale

Amber or red ales range from amber to deep red hues. This style of beer tends to focus on the malts, but hop character can range from low to high usually resulting in a balanced beer, with toasted malt characters and a light fruitiness.
Melwood’s Amber ales: Fools Gold, Stanley Gold, Sunshine Daydream

Blonde Ale

Pale straw to deep gold colour with  a light to medium hop bitterness. A balanced beer which is light bodied.
Melwood’s Blonde ale: Knowsley Blonde

Wheat Beer

An Americanised version of a Hefe Weizen, these beers range from pale to golden  in colour. They look like Hefe Weizen (cloudy) unless they have been filtered. Brewed using substantial percentage of wheat malt they are moderate in hop bitterness but gain a fruitiness during fermentation.
Melwood’s Wheat beer: El Trigo

Brown Ale

Brown Ales tend to be maltier and sweeter and range from reddish brown to dark brown. Brewed using brown malt, they usually have a low hop aroma and bitterness

Melwood’s Brown ale: Ace Oddity

English India Pale Ale (IPA)

First brewed in England and exported to India during the late 1700s. IPA’s were Pale Ales that were more malty, had a higher alcohol content and were well-hopped. The English IPA traditionally had a lower abv and used less, English hops than the American IPAs but they are evolving to include hops from all around the worlwith an increased abv.
Melwood’s IPA: Mojo Risin’

English Stout

Stouts are typically dark brown to  black in colour. They are brewed using roasted barley which gives dry character to the beer as well as a big roasted flavour that can range from burnt to coffee to chocolate.
Melwood’s Stout: Derby Stout

English Porter

Porter is said to have been popular with transportation workers of London, hence the name. Porters are typically brewed using a pale malt base with the addition of black malt, crystal, chocolate or smoked brown malt. Hop bitterness is moderate on the whole and colour ranges from brown to black and are complex and interesting beers.
Melwood’s Porter: Old Hall Porter (brewed once with plans to brew again)

Oatmeal Stout

These are generally stouts that have the addition of oats to the mash. The oats add a lot of smoothness to the mouth feel but they also have an extra sweetness that is unlike any other type of stout.


Saisons were farmhouse ales that were traditionally brewed in the winter and are a complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavour.  Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.


A Belgian Style ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat, and sometimes oats, that’s used in the mash. Always spiced, generally with coriander, orange peel and other oddball spices or herbs in the back ground. . Often referred to as “white beers” (witbieren) due to the cloudiness / yeast in suspension.


Similar to an ordinary bitter yet not as hoppy, the English Mild  is a delicate malty brew. Hops are generally mild with a balancing bitterness. Fruitiness, sulfur and buttery flavours.
If you would like more info on the Melwood beers listed here please go to our contact page for details on how to order.

Food Unwrapped filming at Melwood!

Last Thursday the fantastic Jimmy Doherty and Channel 4’s ‘Food Unwrapped’ film crew came to the brewery to film us brewing a special beer!

We were super excited to meet Jimmy and show him around our beautiful brewery and the sun shone on The Kennels almost to order 🙂










We talked to him about our story, how we came to be in this business, what craft beer is to us and he helped us brew a rather interesting brew which has citrus fruits and some great hops in it.

Also we invited a mobile canning company ‘WeCan’ to come and give us a demo of canning our beer!

We put our ‘Instant Karma’ 6.5% into cans and my word it tasted delicious!












It was amazing to see our beer in cans and it was somehow more refreshing, especially on a day as hot as it was!

We had a real insight into how TV programmes are made and filming was a blast.  Jimmy helped us brew and we found him to be a great guy with no side about him, really friendly and easy to talk to.  The film crew were brill too – thanks to Lizzie, Neil & Nicola – their professionalism is clear but it’s in an easy going style that made us feel comfortable.


Kennels May 2016 filiming 2 Casks











Look out for the programme featuring us – it’s due to be aired before the end of the year!!


Into the Doghouse….

Well we are finally in!

It’s been a strange December; the actual big move was delayed somewhat by works on-going at the Kennels and then the necessary Asbestos inspection that totally threw us before we could move the kit in situ.  We passed the Asbestos inspection thankfully and the Melwood kit is now residing in its new brewhouse with Stan doing a few adjustments here and there even up to today.

Christmas sales were mental and we realised we hadn’t brewed enough or bottled enough, so we have learned a lesson – (never move to new premises over the Christmas period) – no – Be Prepared! Next year will be different, we promise!

And as we leave our lovely little brewery we move to our new home which is even more lovely, infinitely bigger and has so much potential we are still pinching ourselves…

And a new year and a new start for Melwood.  In 2016 we have big plans for development of our brand(s), our new beautiful Kennels home, exciting new company plans and above all, developing better beer, nay, fabulous beer!

We will have a launch, once we are sorted out and tidied up so keep your eyes peeled for more news as it comes.

We hope you’ll come along with us in 2016, on our ‘journey;’ (sorry about the cliché)  It’s gonna be a wonderful year for us.  Hope yours is too!


Here are some photos of the move.  Although it was difficult, we had a laugh moving and did pretty much everything in Melwood Van…



Let’s Move it and Groove it!

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Melwood is moving! We are moving all the time!

No actually we are moving into bigger premises on Knowsley Park! The most wonderful building we could have ever hoped to have secured, to be exact – the Kennels – The former home of the gun dogs that worked on the estate in days gone by and more recently housed Knowsley Community College’s rural crafts workshop.

We are so lucky to be staying on Lord Derby’s Country Estate and our new home is huge compared to what we have now and it is idyllic!

We have moving things slowly up to the Kennels and are making ready for the big push when we move our kit and stock and become fully operational, whilst in the midst of some repair work to the building, making it habitable again, as it has lain empty for a number of years.

The move means we can finally do everything we were planning to do with Melwood – with dedicated rooms or all our operations – bottling, kegging, casking, tasting, cooling, laboratory and more storage rooms than we could have ever hoped for! And all in a setting of apple trees, blackberry bushes, bee hives and horses, sheep, cows and wildlife in abundance.

We will be having a relaunch party and tours of the brewery will follow with tasting events, festivals and more! Details to follow as they happen!!

The photos I’ve uploaded to this post were taken back in February when we first saw the Kennels; the next set I will post in a few weeks time when we are installed in there and you’ll be able to see a huge difference!

Hope to post a bit more regularly too as things are happening all the time but we’ve been so busy there’s ben no time to get it all on the website!

That’s all for now but keep on supporting our local breweries and pubs and restaurants, we all couldn’t do it without you wonderful people!













Summer Shakedown Returns 15th August 2015

Yahoo!!! Melwood’s Summer Shakedown returns to The Baltic Social, Parliament Street, Liverpool on Saturday 15th August 2015!!

Please join us for BEER, GROOVES and FOOD (Baltic Social fantastic menu) and make this Shakedown an absolute blast!

All kicks off around 2pm when Julie will be serving Melwood ales on cask.  Music starts at 4pm with an eclectic mix of supersonic sounds and Baltic Social food is available all day until about 9pmish.

John takes to the stage with Shakedown Street as last band on stage from late until the early hours.

The last Shakedown was fantastic so lets try to make this one the biggest and best yet!

Hope you can pay a visit because we’ll be very pleased to serve you 🙂

Summer Shakedown 2015










Well time flies when you’re busy they say and we can’t believe it’s over a month since we posted here!!

Some news to tell you! We are having a bit of a beer festival with our friends down at the Liverpool Guild of Students this weekend 15th-17th May! Melwood Beer Co has sourced a lot of the beers that will be appearing at the festival and of course you will be able to get the very fine Sphinx Pale Ale there too.  Indeed, making it’s launch this festival weekend will be Sphinx Pale Ale in BOTTLES! So both the fabulously discerning students of the University of Liverpool and all other lovely people will be able to buy your SPA to drink in your very own homes!

Back to the festival… the bar is ready and the beers are stillaged and being cooled for your utmost delectation and festival glasses are stacked for sampling…

Liverpool Guild Beer Festival Bar

Liverpool Guild Beer Festival Bar


Liverpool Guild of Students 2015 Beer Festival Glass

Liverpool Guild of Students 2015 Beer Festival Glass

The event is taking place in the CELLAR bar next to the Sphinx Bar within Liverpool Guild on 15th, 16th & 17th May.  Hope you can come down and enjoy the beers and there’s some excellent ciders on too!

Here’s the beer & cider list…


Barlow Brewery

1. Betty’s Blonde

4.0% – Pale Ale / Blonde

Brewed with a blend of pale malts

to give it a light golden colour

hopped for subtle citrus and

passion fruit flavours with a clean

crisp finish.

Cambrinus Craft

2. Deliverence

4.2% – Pale Ale / Golden

A malt, toffee and earthy initial

palate leading to a slightly hoppy

bite on the finish.

Cross Bay Brewery

3. Zenith

5.0% – IPA / Golden

Light and refreshing in colour with

a distinct tropical aroma. Zesty

fruit flavours from a triple blend of


4. Sunset

4.2% – Pale Ale / Blonde

Bursts onto the palate with a crisp

and refreshing star, followed by an

orange and lemon rind aftertaste.

Dancing Duck Brewery


4.3% – Pale Ale / Golden

A great aroma and powerful

upfront hoppy bitterness give way

to an explosion of citrus and pine

flavours. A full on hop attack not

for the faint hearted!

6. Abduction

5.5% – IPA / Golden

Intense tropical fruit flavours are

matched with a hoppy bitterness

to make this a dangerously

drinkable 5.5% IPA.

Dukeries Brewery

7. Pale Ale

4.0% – Pale Ale / Golden

Pale ale brewed in the heart of the


Empire Brewing

8. Colony 13

5.1% – Pale Ale / Amber

Amber in colour. A well balanced

ale, heavily hopped with Galaxy

and Citra.

9. Strikes Back

4.0% – Pale Ale / Golden

Back-Stabbingly brilliant pale ale,

hopped with eye-watering U.S.

Cascade hops.

Guild Festival Beer List

Great Heck Brewing

10. Chopper

3.8% – Pale Ale / Golden

Golden session ale with a

surprisingly full body considering

the strength, and a decent amount

of hops.

Hopstar Brewery

11. Off T’ Mill

3.9% – Bitter / Amber

Leyden Brewing

12. Nanny Flyer

3.8% – Bitter / Golden

A light bodied bitter with an initial

dryness, a hint of citrus, followed

by a strong malty finish.

Liverpool Craft Beer Co.

13. Toast

4.2% – American / Amber

Bursts onto the palate with a crisp

and refreshing star, followed by an

orange and lemon rind aftertaste.

14. Quokka

3.9% – IPA / Golden

Session IPA brewed with juicy

Australian hops.

Liverpool Organic Brewery

15. Last Man Standing

3.9% – Pale Ale / Golden

A hoppy golden ale made with

Riwaka hops.

16. Liverpool Pilsner

4.7% – Pilsner / Golden

A well rounded golden larger

style beer with floral and spicy

notes which come from the use of

traditional noble European hops.

Melwood Beer Co.

17. Sphinx Pale Ale

4.3% – Pale Ale / Golden

A crisp, refreshing pale ale brewed

exclusively for Liverpool Guild of

Students. This beer has a fresh

hoppy aroma with a pleasant

bitter taste.

18. 1000 Up

5.7% – Pale Ale / Chestnut

Stan Shaw’s 1000th brew has a

mix of Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and

Nelson Sauvin hops. A special

blend of malts and hops give this

delicious beer a crisp biscuity


19. Citradelic

5.1% – Pale Ale / Golden

A light pale ale single hopped

with American Citra hops giving

the classic grapefruit, lychee and

gooseberry aromas this hop is

famous for.

Melwood Beer Co.

20. Stanley Gold

4.3% – Pale Ale / Golden

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 and refreshing beer.

Milestone Brewing Co.

21. Fletcher’s Ale

5.2% – Pale Ale / Golden / Blonde

Golden in colour with a floral and

citrus aroma. The taste is citrus

and sweet fruits with a slightly

toasted floral aftertaste.

Milk Street

22. Beer

5.0% – Pale Ale / Blonde

The use of Mount Hood as the

aroma hop gives this beer a

pungent hoppy fruitiness. A bitter,

hoppy and dry finish, enlivened

by lasting citrus and grain malt

making a late surge. A delicious

blonde beer to be taken with care.

Off Beat Brewery

23. Wild Blackberry Mild

3.8%, Mild / Black

We couldn’t make a conventional

mild, it needed the offbeat

twist hence the addition of


Peerless Brewing Co.

24. Oatmeal Stout

5.0% – Stout / Black

The use of oats gives a good

mouthfeel and dark malts provide

lots of backbone with toffee and

caramel tones.

25. Jinja Ninja

4.0%, Ginger Ale, Amber

Fiery ginger beer made with fresh

root ginger, chili and lemon.

26. Dark Matter

3.6% – Porter / Black

Deep, dark, delicious. Brewed

from a mix of 8 different malts

including oats, Munich, Crystal,

Special B, Abbey, Wheat, Pale and

Roast. Bitterness coming from

the roast malt but tempered with

residual sweetness. Hints of toffee

and caramel.

Raw Brewing Company

27. Galaxy

5.4% – Pale Ale / Golden

Late & dry hopped with Galaxy.

A refreshing pale with a tropical

fruit aroma.

28. Baby Ghost IPA

3.9% – IPA / Golden

Session version of Grey Ghost

IPA, powerful grapefruit citrus


Stamps Brewery

29. Refreshing Stout

5.0% – Stout / Black

A special stout infused with fresh

mint and chocolate.

30. The Russian

4.2% – Bitter / Ruby

Ruby in colour using Fuggles and

Goldings hops for a traditional

English bitter.

31. Inverted Jenny

4.6% – Pale Ale / Golden

Light and refreshing in colour

with a distinct tropical aroma.

Zesty Golden in colour, using

Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings

hops, a grassy and floral bouquet,

with a noticeable tinge of caramel.

of hops.

Stockport Brewing Co.

32. Stock Porter

4.8% – Porter / Black

Subtle hints of liquorice with dark

chocolate and coffee notes.

33. Crown Best Bitter

4.2% – Bitter / Amber

Double hopped with a dry finish.

Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.

34. Fubar

4.4% – American Pale Ale / Amber

Floral hoppy flavours up front,

leading into a dry spicy bitterness

on the back.


35. Flowerdew

4.0% – Pale Ale / Golden / Blonde

Strong lemon citrus start with a

well-balanced hoppy finish.

Barbourne Cider

36. Strawberry

4.0% – Medium Dry / Clear

Brewed with a blend of pale malts

to give it a light golden colour

hopped for subtle citrus and

passion fruit flavours with a clean

crisp finish.

Lilley’s Cider

37. Bee Sting Perry

7.5% – Sweet / Clear

Sweet but incredibly refreshing

with a glorious fresh tasting pear

flavour and wonderful pear aroma.

Orchard Pig

38. Explorer

4.5% – Medium Dry / Cloudy

A bittersweet aroma and taste of

cider country with a lingering ripe

fruit sweetness.

Purbeck Cider Co.

39. Joe’s Sweet

4.5% – Sweet / Clear

This cider is made up from a

blend of fruity cider and crisp

eating apples giving you the

fresh clean taste of the sweeter


Thistly Cross Cider

40. Whisky Cask

6.9% – Medium Dry / Clear

Matured in an ex-Glenglassaugh

cask for six months to nurture

the natural characteristics of

the cider, this rarefied, medium

dry cider develops, as you might





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