LIVERPOOL GUILD OF STUDENTS BEER FESTIVAL 15,16,17th MAY 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

hops.

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

5. DCUK

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

Dukeries

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

taste.

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

blackberries.

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

aroma.

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.

Townhouse

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

ciderlife.

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

anticipate.

 

 

 

MEET THE MELWOOD BREWERS AT THE CRICKETERS ARMS, ST HELENS 24TH MAY 4-6PM ONWARDS

Would you like to chat about beer? Would you like to chat about The Melwood Beer Company? Well you have your chance on Saturday 24th May 4-6pm> at The Cricketers Arms, Peter Street, St Helens when John, Julie and Stan will be in attendance! The Cricketers Arms has recently been named St Helens CAMRA Pub of the Year and they will have two of our beers on for the event – Citradelic 5.1 & Derby Stout 5.0

Do come along and chat with us about beer, The Melwood Beer Company and how we started our business or anything else you’d like to know – within reason of course!   😉

John and Julie will be joined by Stan Shaw, Melwood’s newest brewer, so if there is anything you are just desperate to know about brewing – Stan’s your man!

Cricketers

 

It’s all go at Melwood

Melwood has had a busy few days!!

We’ve been cask washing like there’s no tomorrow!! That’s not unusual though as Mrsmelwoodbeer usually does a lot of that.  But because we’ve brewed so much lately (can’t stop Stan- he’s a Trojan!) we need to put the beer somewhere!! Added to the fact that Mrmelwoodbeer can’t lift anything just now we are hoping MrsMelwood’s back holds out!

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We brewed two Core Beers last week – Knowsley Blonde & Stanley Gold so these should be going out next week for your delectation!

Knowsley Blonde Stanley Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father Ted went into pubs again this week – for those of you that don’t know Father Ted is a beer made in tribute to MrsMelwood’s dad, Ted Doyle RIP.  Ted was an avid home brewer in his younger days (its where MrsMelwood learned to brew when she was just a little girl – helping dad bottling etc – but not drinking the stuff until she was all grown of course!).  The pump clip features Ted’s photograph from when he was a Submariner ‘durin the War’ (WW2) and his submarine ‘The Votary’.  He was a fabulous bloke who loved quality ale and I’m sure he would have been proud of us doing what we are doing now-only wish he had lived to see it happen 🙁  Who’da thought it dad? You would have loved this!

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Father Ted aka John Edward (Ted) Doyle 1925-2006 and a glass of Father Ted gracing The Belvedere’s fine bar April 2014

 

 

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And busy weekends are coming!!!

Just a reminder of the festivals coming up imminently:

Melwood will be at The Waterloo Beer Festival this weekend 2-4th May.  Julie and John will be attending Saturday evening so if you see us, do pop over and say hello!

June will see the return of the Liverpool Craft Beer Expo on 5-8th June.  This was a great event and we enjoyed it very much! Tickets can be got from: http://www.liverpoolcraftbeerexpo.com/tickets/

So get yourselves down to these festivals and support local producers because that’s what it’s all about.

And…….

There’ll be an announcement of two events coming next week so keep your eyes peeled on this site and Facebook/Twitter!!

 

 

Melwood Beer Company back to business as usual!

Well its been a busy old few weeks at The  Melwood Beer Company!!

The plumbing work that Stan has been doing is now complete and we have expanded into our new office under the Arch at Stanley Grange so we have more room in the brew house at last!

So it WAS back to business as usual on Sunday when Stan (with Mr & Mrs Melwoodbeer, &  Young John assisting) brewed his inaugural brew ‘Derby Pale’.

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It was like we were re-learning to use our kit because we no longer use flexible pipes to pump liquor and wort round the system.  It’s now a process of turning taps on and off and the various pumps switching on and off as needed in order to brew our beer

 

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So it went like clockwork! Stan really has done a fantastic job and  I hope Mr & Mrs Melwoodbeer can remember which taps to open and when!  We let Stan be in charge as this is his first brew with Melwood and he’s teaching us good habits already.  Stan has a place for everything and everything has it’s place so hopefully we can adopt this mantra and make sure we’re not searching round for equipment because we don’t know where we’ve put it!!

 

 

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We were finished by 2.30pm – just enough time to do the Mother’s Day visit and watch the match.  Happy Days!

 

 

 

Plumbing Work continues at Melwood Beer Co

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Update on the plumbing work Stan is doing….

It’s taking a bit longer than expected to get back to brewing at Melwood Towers! 

We hope to be back brewing next week as we need to replenish our stocks (which are dwindling because you lovely pubs are selling lots of our beer!) but we need to make sure everything is working well and cleaned to within an inch of its life.

Stan is working hard to get the show on the road and then we can start doing what we do best; brew splendid Melwood Beer Co ales!

Addendum:  It’s been great to hear that Derby Stout has gone down so well  – selling out pretty much wherever it’s gone!  Currently at The Pilgrim Liverpool, The Pheonix Inn St Helens and Prescot Cables Beer Festival if you would like to try it!

 

More work at the brewery

Just to let you know there is another hiatus in our brewery at the mo!  But it’s all in the name of better beer!  Stan has been hard at work plumbing everything in for us to make our brews even more efficient.  I can’t tell you how much difference this man has already made to the brewery.  He really is a scientist and we value him greatly.  Hopefully all the work will be finished by this weekend; then there’ll me an almighty clean down and then back to business as usual.  We’ve had an indirect request to brew Knowsley Blonde so watch this space and you might be lucky!

From THE Knowsley Blonde (cheeky but not tarty) mrsmelwoodbeer