The Cricketers Arms in St Helens, CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year, has had a loyalty card scheme for real ales and real ciders for over 5 years. Unfortunately a number of forged cards have been handed in over the past few weeks. Consequently, it’s been decided to scrap the scheme with immediate effect. People who have full cards you will have 4 weeks to cash them in and get a free pint. Also, existing loyalty cards will continue to be stamped until the deadline date of 14th October. The pub still provides 20p a pint discount for CAMRA members and will be considering alternative loyalty schemes in the future. The announcement was made on the pub’s Facebook pages.
The Nook and Cranny in Bromley Cross and Bunburys on Chorley Old Road in Bolton were targetted by the same burglars on the same night (14th September). Despite the obvious distress and devastation, both bars to their credit managed to re-open the following day. Although you can’t tell from the photograph, one of the burglars was wearing a cream and black NY Yankee’s cap and a green coat. Let’s hope that the thieves get caught soon and dealt with accordingly.
The Hearts of Oak pub on Adelphi Street in Preston, in the shadow of the university, has been given a new lease of life. It’s been re-branded as the Vinyl Tap, which becomes a cafe bar and record store. It will have an independent cask ale offering six cask ale pumps and one craft beer on draught. Planned opening is 8th September. [twitter]
Gibberish brewpub on Caryl Street in Liverpool announced, via twitter, that it will be closing as a regular bar and devoting itself only to monthly beer events. Expect 12 new beers each month for a Thursday-Sunday mini fest, starting 27-30 September. The boutique brewpub was opened in December 2017 by Gaz Matthews, co-founder of Mad Hatter Brewing Company. [more]
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Beatnikz Republic brewery announced that work has commenced on their bar based on Tariff Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. [more]
On the same street, Leeds-based Northern Monk brewery are also opening a bar in a premise that used to house the popular Kosmonaut bar. [more]
Adrian and Jackie Norris moved to South Lakeland in 2009 from Manchester and set up Kirkland News which offers customers craft beer in bottle and cans. Their new establishment, named ‘Indie Craft Beer’ offers customers four keg lines as well as the bottles and cans. [more]
Mark Yates, founder and head brewer at Connoisseur Ales in St Helens, sadly passed away earlier today. After many years of home brewing, in 2006 Mark became apprentice to Stan Shaw at the Wapping Brewery in Liverpool. It was from here that he began to brew under the name ‘The Connoisseur Brewer’ and his beers became a regular feature in Liverpool around 2007-2008.
Daniel Thwaites has been given the green light for its new headquarters. The company, based in Blackburn, is to build its new head office at Mellor Brook, some five miles away. The site, which will open in spring 2018, will include a heritage centre and a new £8 million brewery. Most of Thwaites brewing assets, including the successful golden ale Wainwright’s, were sold to Marston’s in 2015, leaving Thwaites only producing smaller-run beers such as the mild Nutty Black and its speciality beer range.