New Beer Alert!…….MOONDANCE 4.3

Moondance 4.3- We first brewed this delicious pale ale last year and now it’s back! Hopped with Magnum and Nelson Sauvin this beer has similar wine-like flavours to the grape variety used in wine-making. It was popular last year and sold out quickly.  New pump clip design to follow…..


Order yours this week to secure a cask!


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





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!











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

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!


Luke Howson pulling pints at The Sphinx Bar Launch of SPA 4.3

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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

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