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!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

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

 

 

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!

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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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!”

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.

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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.

Melwood at Liverpool Craft Beer Expo 5th-8th June 2014

MELWOOD BEERS AT LIVERPOOL CRAFT EXPO:

 

Melwood will be sending three beers to the Liverpool Craft Beer Expo on 5th-8th June:

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

 

 

 

 

Paleface 177x250 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 mouthfeel and long hoppy aftertaste.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaleidoscope Eyes 5.5KALEIDOSCOPE EYES 5.5 ABV – Pale IPA style beer with Pioneer & Amarillo hops “picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine dreams and marmalade skies……”

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets are only available for Thursday night and Sunday Afternoon sessions I’m afraid.

Head to http://www.liverpoolcraftbeerexpo.com/tickets/ to get your tickets now!

 

Melwood’s John & Julie will be there at the Saturday evening session so if you see us don’t be afraid to say hello!

 

 

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