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 admin@melwoodbeer.co.uk

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Melwood Beer list w/c 20.10.14

Only here for the 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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

FATHER TED 4.2ABV Fantastic chestnut colour with a backbone of warm, mellow All English hops: Challenger, Pilgrim and a shot of Fuggles.

FATHER TED 4.2ABV Fantastic chestnut colour with a backbone of warm, mellow All English hops: Challenger, Pilgrim and a shot of Fuggles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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