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Master logo Orange web 2018 Would you like to help sponsor our beer festival in 2018?


A full page advert in the festival programme will cost  £200; you will receive up to £100 in entry tickets for the session(s) of your choice.

A half-page advert in the festival programme will cost £100; you will receive up to £50 in entry tickets for the session(s) of your choice.


For £1000 you can be the exclusive sponsor of the festival t-shirts. Alternatively five sponsors could also share the costs between them. 

Your logo will go on the back of the t-shits so customers will see it as

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21st - 24th February 2018

Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Brownlow Hill (click here for map)




Weds 21st 6:00pm - 10:00pm £5*
Thursday 22nd 6:30pm - 10:30pm £7
Friday 23rd 12:00pm - 4:00pm £8
Friday 23rd 6:30pm - 10:30pm £10 (Entertainment)
Saturday 24th 12:00pm - 4:00pm £9
Saturday 24th 6:30pm - 10:30pm £8 ( Entertainment)

The fabulous Brasswurst entertain you on Friday and Saturday night

*Wednesday night is free entry for CAMRA members and for non CAMRA members it is £5 (pay on the door). No Internet sales. No free beer vouchers and only a previous festival glass at this session for CAMRA members. 

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17th December, 12:30-6pm Join us for a seasonal pub crawl, starting at Queens Picture House (Wetherspoons) on South Road (a short walk from Waterloo station). We will be visiting some of the many real ale pubs in the area. We are aiming to leave the Queens at around 1pm. All welcome

13th January, 1-4pm. The Crown, Liverpool.  It is our turn to host the Merseyside and Cheshire regional meeting. Chaired by our Regional Director Nick Bosley, the main topic for discussion will be the revitalisation project. We will be meeting in the upstairs room of the Crown. All welcome.  

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Pub Sign Icon Help keep pubs afloat!

CAMRA are urging all members to get involved in the Tax campaign ahead of the Budget. All CAMRA members are being asked to take action to save our pubs from sinking. While it's the publicans and brewers that pay the tax bills, it's ultimately consumers like you who will pay the price as publicans and brewers are forced to put up prices or go bust.

CAMRA are calling for a £5,000 annual business rate relief for all pubs as well as a freeze in beer duty.

What you can do:

  1. Urge your MP to support the
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Someone is going into pubs impersonating one of our committee members and asking for money for Good Pub Guide entries. We never go into pubs to collect money for anything. The Good Pub Guide is NOT a CAMRA publication. Entry into the Good Beer Guide is not bought but is decided via beer scores submitted by members into Whatpub. Merseyale adverts are NOT paid for in advance and we NEVER ask pubs for cash.

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IMAG8859 CAMRA has named the best four pubs in the country as part of it’s Pub of the Year 2017 competition, one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK.
Two rival pubs from the North West have made the list this year - Wigan Central in Wigan and the Cricketers in St Helens. Wigan Central boasts a unique railway-themed interior and sources real ale from all over, with continental bottled beers displayed in a ‘beer library’. The Cricketers is a friendly, local community pub saved from closure just

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We have now started to accept nominations for the branch Pub of the Year (POTY) 2018. Paper forms will be made available on the remaining coach trips this year and at all future Get-togethers (including the Christmas Party).

Members are invited to nominate their favourite city centre pub and/or their favourite suburban pub, but you do not have to vote for both. You may vote for a city centre pub and leave the suburban box blank or vice versa. This is the means by which the pubs are selected that go forward to the judging stage. Nominated pub(s) must be within

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Ale Pump Red Icon As reported in last month’s newsletter, Big Bog Brewery in Speke has launched a new beer. Mire is described as a tawny coloured session ale with an ABV of 3.8% and is now available in pubs. Another two new beers are currently being developed. Both are expected to be pale ales, one featuring American hopes and the other to be made using Australian hops. More details to follow.

Following the rebrand and crowdfunding project, Flagship Beer (formerly Ship & Mitre Brewing) are planning a bottle conditioned range. Pub stalwarts, Sublime (3.7% session pale) and Silhouette (4.5% dry Irish stout) will

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Pub Sign Icon As reported in the Liverpool Echo earlier this month, a former building society in the city centre is set to be transformed into a real ale pub. The Furness Building Society on Castle Street is due to be renovated into a venue selling real ale and pies. Sanctuary Tap, will be offering a selection of real ales in an old school pub setting. Alongside regular beers the pub will also offer guest ales on rotation. A variety of pies will be on offer - including vegan and vegetarian options alongside several types of mash, including mustard mash and root mash.


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Pub Sign Icon The Weld Blundell in Lydiate has finally re-opened after a significant investment and refurbishment. The pub is a joint venture between MSR Pubs Limited and Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken). It now features open fireplaces and an outdoor area and currently has 3 handpulls.  MSR also currently operate the Yew Tree in Preston and the Plough in Euxton.

226 Southport Road, Lydiate , Liverpool L31 4EF; Website: ; Facebook: @thewellie

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Merseyale Dec 2017 COVER WEB 1Available to download, pdfMerseyAle December 201710.51 MB December 2017

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  • Sponsorship
  • Ticket Details
  • Diary
  • Help keep pubs afloat
  • Warning to pubs
  • National CAMRA POTY
  • Pub of the Year 2018
  • Brewery News
  • Sanctuary Tap
  • Weld Blundell
  • MerseyAle December

Branch Diary

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CAMRA Members - Are you missing out

Take noticeLiverpool & Districts CAMRA keeps in touch with members on email on a regular basis: giving a synopsis on all beery events (both CAMRA and non-CAMRA) and special news such as pub awards, and reminders about branch socials and meetings.

We are keeping members up to date with what is going on within the branch without using CAMRA funds on snail mail letters.

Liverpool & Districts are keen to keep in touch. So, if you are a CAMRA Member and want to be kept up to date with what’s happening, both locally and nationally, please make sure that your email address is logged on the CAMRA website.

This is very easy to do:

  • Log onto the CAMRA website –
  • Click the Login tab and sign in with your membership number and password (your postcode).
  • Click the My Membership tab then click Edit your membership information.
  • Click Enter/Amend My Record. Edit and Save your changes.

Any problems? email the branch Membership Secretary 

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What Pub

Members can use to search for details of pubs across the UK and then look up details such as opening times, descriptions, facilities and of course details of the real ale and cider on offer.

Contact Us

Liverpool & District CAMRA:

Branch Contact, Steve Downing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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230 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 4LW

phone: (01727) 867 201


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