St Georges hall beer festival 2015 is on this weekend! If you didn’t get any tickets commiserations. I myself am not going this time owing to festival fatigue. The beer list was released just a few days ago and includes many of the new breweries in the local area. Even though I can’t attend there are several I can strongly recommended you try ill list those below. Many of these are newer brewers and have only just started operating this year.
Ladies that Beer
Worth mentioning as well to any female visitors is are you a lady that likes beer? or are you curious about trying some at this festival? If you are Ladies that beer will be at the festival on Friday evening between 7-7.30pm! Ladies that beer are a welcoming group who want to encourage more women to drink good beer, and can offer you great advice on beer styles and brewing. They are very active on social media and host regular events for members. you can chat with them direct by clicking the links to Facebook and Twitter. Check your program for where they are located within the beer festival and go say hello!
Uh yeah but I just drink lager – an appeal
Some bottled continental lagers will no doubt be available but please don’t waste the opportunity at the festival to sample the ales available. The main thing is do not be afraid or embarrassed to ask what to try! That’s what the volunteers are for! If you traditionally prefer lagers try starting with something pale or lighter coloured and maybe move up to more amber coloured beers. If you like a strong hoppy lager try some IPA’s.
Volunteers will offer you a taster before you commit so don’t be afraid to try a few. Just don’t take the piss and ask to try 10! When you sample what is out there hopefully it will open up for you a whole world of different tastes to enjoy.
Recommended beers to try
So below I am going to suggest which beers by brewer to try while at the festival, some I have had in person others I think sound interesting, I will of course indicate which ones I have actually tried.
Located in Maghull, Neptune just started producing full-time this year. They offer a great broad colour range of ales to choose from. Neptunes ales are becoming available on draught at pubs and bars around the region. And are also available bottled in many of the local beer shops to try at home Neptune also do not use Isinglass finings which is great news for those with specific dietary requirements!
- Amberjack 4.5% – an easy drinking with nice bittering and a marmalade like finish.
- Riptide 3.6% – English bitter, which is nicely balanced and very sessionable
- Triton 4.4% – pale ale, good hop flavouring and nice light biscuity finish
Keep an eye out in the pubs and shops for the “thick and twisted” and abyss these are both very lovely dark beers. Also worth trying is AmberJack’d a stronger version of the already tasty 4.5%.
Red Star Brewery
Bridging the gap in the West Lancashire plain and based in Formby is Red Star another Merseyside micro-brewery. With a solid small core range they are quickly becoming regular features in many of the local pubs and bars, bottles again are also available in the many local beer shops too.
- Partisan 5.4% – strong-tasting and complex malty brew with nice bittering, smooth.
- Weissbier 5.3% – a new ale, unfiltered and unfined so naturally cloudy, wheaty body and fruity.
- Formby IPA 4% – tweaked since my last tasting but had lovely toffee malts.
Keep an eye out locally on draught or in bottle for Hurricane a strong bitter which punches way above its weight, bit of trivia the partisan is quite popular amongst some eastern European football fans!
Rock the Boat
Another micro-brewer who has just commenced operation this year is Rock the boat, working out of a 16th century wheelwright’s workshop in Little Crosby Village. Currently working with a good core range at the moment there maybe a stout on the horizon soon!
- Bootle Bull 3.8% – a great traditional bitter which leans more towards malts than hops, don’t miss.
- Dazzle 3.6% – a well bittered pale with a nice initial bite to it.
- Liverpool Light 3.4% – very sessionable and refreshing pale.
Also try the mussel wreck at the festival i have not tried this myself yet but is a 3.9% golden ale. Hopefully bottles will be available soon to take home!
Liverpool Craft Beer Co
Established in 2010 and operating from the railway arches on love lane, LCB have become a local favourite amongst drinkers, pubs and bars in the area. they have a core range supplemented by changing seasonal and one-off special brews. Please note I have not tried any of the beers below yet sadly, however knowing the good work the brewery puts in I can recommend them easily!
- Hinnomaki Wheat 4.7% – Hefeweizen style ale, so naturally cloudy and fruity
- Pzyk Diablo 4.8% – a tea infused ale brewed for liverpool festival of psychedelia
- Springbok 4.6% – a pale ale which i believe has been brewed with south African hops
LCB bottles are readily available in many outlets across the region to take home. American Red is one of my favourite beers that LCB produce and keep an eye out for their oatmeal stout!
The Melwood Beer Company
Up and running since 2013 and based in the picturesque Knowsley parkland area. currently operating out of the old Cambrinus premises. A regular fixture in many of the pubs and bars in Liverpool and the surrounding areas, a regular range of beers with a tie to music are brewed along with one off brews.
- High Time 4.2% – rarely brewed on cask a good sessionable pale.
- Jester 4.4% – made with the new English jester hops (unsampled)
- Life Of Riley 4.5% – balanced pale ale (unsampled)
Melwood beers are also available to take home bottled from stores in the area.
Liverpool Organic Brewery
Festival organisers LOB have a large range of beers to sample, some have been available in hand pump dispense in previous years so keep an eye out for these! Based close to the Leeds & Liverpool canal LOB is currently one of the longest-serving breweries in the city and brew a large range of beers.
- Kitty Wilkinson Chocolate & Vanilla Stout 4.5% – a lovely stout with choc malts
- Bier Head 4.1% – based on an old Higsons recipe.
Bottles of the entire range are very easy to find in local beer shops.
Peerless Brewing Company
Operating since 2009 Birkenhead based Peerless has recently expanded its capacity and is a popular fixture in pubs on the Wirral and on the Liverpool side of the Mersey. A core range of beers is regularly produced along with seasonal’s and one-off’s, they hold regular brewery tours and “thirsty Thursday” open nights.
- Fusion 3.5% – session pale ale with a blend of UK hops
- Peninsula IPA 5.7% – popular and robust smooth IPA with biscuity malts.
- Waimea 3.7% – an amber New Zealand hopped ale (unsampled)
Peerless bottles are available in many shops around the area and are also available direct from the brewery as are some mini kegs for home use. I recommended trying the Red Rocks, Paxtons peculiar and the lovely oatmeal stout.
Based on a farm in the heart of the Wirral and founded in 2006, Brimstage have a solid core range of ales that are found regularly around the Wirral and Merseyside. Bottles are easily found in many of the shops in the local area.
- Rhode Island Red 4.0% – a pleasant red ale that is malty and sweet
- Scarecrow 4.2% – marmalade coloured fruity session ale
- Trappers Hat 3.8% – smooth and easy drinking session ale.
Oyster catcher is also a nice stout to keep an eye out for
Cheshire Brew Brothers
Located just outside Ellsemere Port and opened within the last few years Cheshire brew bros have become a regular fixture in bars across the Wirral and Cheshire, and produce a regular range of core ales.
- Cheshire Best Bitter 4.5% – English style bitter which is a bit more malt forward
- Earls Eye Amber 3.8% – tasty amber tinged beer with a slight smokey after-taste
- Roodee Dark 4.0% – lush dark ale with hints of coffee
Bottles are available to take home in many of the shops around the region.
I hope that you do enjoy your time at the festival, enjoy the quality local beers from our local brewers, get some local food and have a great time. But don’t forget if you enjoyed what you had, SUPPORT your local brewers, drink their beer, follow them on social media, and interact with them. These people are not sat in an Ivory tower they are regular working people like you and I and it’s us buying their beer that keeps them in business and keeps the lovely beer flowing. Support your local brewers and support your local pubs! Because lets not forget Liverpool and its surrounding areas are chocker with great places to drink.