mrsmelwoodbeer

and her exploits in the world of hand crafted beer…..

Mega update 2015 to date!!

on April 12, 2016

I have just visited my blog and am ashamed to say I haven’t posted in over 16 months!!!

I have been concentrating on the business and the website etc. though so it’s not as if I’ve been twiddling my thumbs for that long. Sometimes life gets in the way doesn’t it?

Anyway, to rectify things a smidgeon I will try to round up the events in my past 16 months with a whistle stop tour of everything that’s happened. The problem might be that I may not remember it all of course but I’ll have a go!

Feb 2015: We realised that our little brewery was just too small for us to attempt to do everything we wished to do so we set about trying to find larger premises – preferably within the Estate we were already on – so we asked Knowsley Estate office if they had any empty buildings which we could initially use as storage to free up space in the brew house. They came up with a great building, actually situated not far from the brew house.  When we saw it we first thought it could make a great new brewery but it would have needed a lot of renovating and it was damp and musty so storage was out until that could be sorted.

One day, however, we were speaking to one of the friendly security men on the Estate about our plight and he said ‘haven’t you considered the Kennels?’ ‘The Kennels?? Where are the Kennels?’ we said. Only 200 metres away behind the trees, up the lane!! He went and got the key and showed us around.

The rest is just about history if you look at our website you will see it took us ten months to actually move into the Kennels – which we did over Christmas 2015 and New Year 2016 – not a good idea let me tell you! (But we are in now and settling at last!)

February also saw us collaborate with Liverpool Guild of Students to bring local real ale (or hand crafted beer as we like to call it) to the students of the University of Liverpool in the Sphinx bar. We worked closely with them to ensure that the beer was right for them and we are pleased to say that it is still a great seller for the Sphinx and students are literally lapping it up!

March 2015: Another Melwood Shakedown at the Baltic Social which was a great success and we started supplying Knowsley Hall (as resident brewery) for their Weddings and Parties with ‘Knowsley Blonde’ on keg – our first venture into kegging beer!

April 2015: Stan Shaw – our part time brewer – reached his 1000th lifetime brew! We gave Stan free reign to devise a recipe for this brew which he duly did and he named it ‘1000 Up.’

May 2015: A further collaboration with Liverpool Guild of Students to bring their first Beer Festival with beers from Melwood, Liverpool Organic, Milestone, Dancing Duck plus many others. Well supported by the students and public alike.

June/July 2015: Were spent keeping stocks going and supplying the lovely pubs in our area and perfecting our art really. We did an event for a friend’s swimming club annual awards ceremony, which was very good for us and we enjoyed taking our bar out into the sunshine for this great event.

Still really stifled in the small brewery we were looking forward to the move to the Kennels which we had anticipated would come sometime in September. We were wrong of course :-{

August 2015: Summer Shakedown was upon us again!! And our great friends at the Baltic Social housed us perfectly as always with a great turn out of support for us and the bands that played.

September/October/November 2015: Works on the Kennels took a long time to get going and a long time to finish then we had the added hiatus when an emergency asbestos survey had to be undertaken! It was an uncomfortable interval for us while we waited for the report. Luckily all was well and we were given the go ahead to move in! Once we licensed the property and advised HMRC of moving dates for the stock we were good to go!

Late December 2015: We were in the Dog House at last!

January – April 2016: We have settled into our lovely new home! We now have a brew house, cold room, bottling room, workshop, office, kitchen, toilets and more storage space than we could have ever hoped for! We are starting to bottle more and John and I have been brewing more and utilising all three of our fermenters at last! We are using the conditioning tanks we purchased at the end of last year. In an effort to reduce the need for isinglass finings we are transferring beers straight to conditioning tank for this very reason.

We have started bottling again! We have our own designated bottling room and will be utilising this more and more over this year. We have an IBC tank which we hope to bottle straight into as well sometime later this year.

We have been kegging beer more and more and are regularly supplying a new bar opened recently by our friends called the Dead Crafty Beer Company. We had a recent review  which said the beer  we supplied here, kegged Mojo Risin’ 6.0%,  is the best they’ve ever drank from Melwood! – that’s from a CAMRA stalwart too! We are so happy!

So that’s where we are up to. Work is increasing, time is precious and we are forging ahead.  Roll on the summer because the Kennels is sure gonna be lovely in the sunshine fully armed and operational

JJ

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