May Madness approaches!

well there is a busy weekend approaching here in Merseyside and the surrounding areas, several beer festivals and events to please your hop soaked taste buds in! here is a very rough roundup, and my apologies if i miss anything, let me know and ill update!

Waterloo Beer Festival

a bustling evening session at Waterloo

I’ve actually lost track of how many Waterloo beer festivals I’ve been to, it’s that many! WBF ties for best festival in the area for me (with the LCBF) it’s a great mix of good size venue, friendly atmosphere, great entertainment, wide-ranging beers and lovely food. Some tickets may still be available the festival runs from thursday the 1st of May right through to the 4th on Sunday with an extended session for the final day. I’ve always enjoyed the Waterloo beer festival and i am looking forward to this one, there will also be a Keg bar this year but don’t expect to see Carling on tap only quality Craft Beers will be available!

As it’s in a church and the weather hasn’t quite settled down yet you may want to bring something warm if it gets cold, although being from Yorkshire I’m made of hardy stuff, anything above zero is tropical to me!

When you have finished at the festival don’t go home straight away as the surrounding pubs in Waterloo have a lot to offer, visit Stamps Too and The Old Bank on the south road for nice beers and excellent music afterwards or head to the Volunteer Canteen for a nice quiet pint if that’s more your style, Crosby is only a bus/train ride away too, head to the Liverpool Pigeon for another quiet quality pint (closes at 9pm though so be aware!) or visit the first stamps for more entertainment. You can see my suggestion for a pub crawl for the area here, also you can consult the local camra branch pub passport map or the whatpub website.

You can purchase tickets and get more info on the festival through the link below, and MANY local brewers products will be in attendance!

http://www.waterloobeerfestival.com/

Mad Hatter Brewery Micro Brewtap opening

reproduced with kind permission from mad hatter brewery

As the lovely poster above tells you mad hatter brewery will be enjoying its inaugural opening of their Brewtap this weekend in the fantastic Baltic triangle, these initial few days are to promote the business and Brewtap which will be getting more definite opening hours soon, beer will be available on Cask, Keg and in bottle on the days, and you can even buy some to take home!

Mad Hatter have been another great local success story for Liverpool and celebrated their first birthday in February and within that time have already taken their place amongst the pantheon of excellent brewers in our fair city. I’m hoping i can sneak over to the open weekend at some point i got tickets to two sessions at Waterloo, why not stop by mad hatters brew tap on your way to one of the other events this weekend and say hello? Or stay for a few hours and then pop around to visit the other places in the excellent triangle like camp and furnace and the Baltic Fleet pub? you’d be mad not too (pun intended).

Liverpool Cricket Club Beer Festival

As mentioned by me previously there will be a festival on at the cricket club running from the Thursday the 1st of May to sunday the 4th of may. There will be day and evening sessions on the friday and sunday, Live music appears to be on the cards for saturday but there is no information about entertainment at other sessions, typical beer festival food will be available and there will also be some cricket matches on at the same time by the looks of things, i am unsure if your entrance to the festival will allow you to see the matches but it would seem silly if you can’t.

you can buy tickets on the below link and there is more information on the official page

http://www.liverpoolcc.ticketsource.co.uk/

http://www.liverpoolcricketclub.co.uk/lcc-beer-festival-is-back-lccbeerfest/

St Helen’s Mild ale trail

St Helen’s CAMRA branch will be hosting a mild ale trail this friday night, meet at the Cricketers pub at 7.30 on friday evening 2nd of May, for more information please contact the St Helen’s CAMRA branch, they are quite active on twitter and Facebook!

Get out and about

If you’re not going to any events in particular it’s still a good time to get out and about and enjoy a drink or two, support your local pubs, support your regulars. Head to a new place like Chester, or Southport or West Kirby and Hoylake, even if you just pop to a beer shop and stock up for a drink at home your supporting an independent local retailer and in turn is supporting a brewery that makes proper good beer.

Have a good weekend and remember drink responsibly, drink good beer!

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