Week 3 takes us to the Metropolitan County of Merseyside, created in 1974 it comprises of the city of Liverpool and both banks of the Mersey, Wirral and Irish sea coast which previously belonged to the counties of Cheshire and Lancashire. This is a maritime area, Liverpool in particular benefitting from the Industrial Revolution and rapidly became a major port with trade to the Americas, the White Star liners sailed from here, including The Titanic, much of the Liverpool docks area is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Merseyside has been famous for the arts particularly popular music and The Beatles and Merseybeat groups. Sports in football and The Grand National.
Along with Liverpool other major towns include Southport and St. Helens and also the Wirral peninsula.
Ratebeer has a total of 24 Active and 18 Closed Breweries for Merseyside with a total of 42, 6 of which are either Client or Commissioner. The longest running, currently active Brewery is Southport Brewery Established only in a youthful 2004!. The two traditional breweries that locals remember from this area would be Higson’s, Established in 1780 becoming a major brewery through the 1920’s with rapid expansion. In the 1980’s the Brewery was acquired by Boddington’s of Manchester subsequently by Whitbread who were in their Brewery massacre stage and shut it down immediately in 1990. The other long established brewery, although smaller than Higson’s, was Cain’s, founded in 1858 by Robert Cain, becoming Walker Cains in the 1920’s. This company also went down the Boddington’s, Whitbread route and closed in 1990. Both brands have undergone various attempts to revive them, with little real success although Love Lane Brewery have a range currently with the Higson’s name.
The Merseyside brewery with most beers on here is the short lived Mad Hatter Brewery (2013 – 2018) with 215 beers, it may have only been in operation a short while but had a big impact as you will see below!
The Ratebeer Best Brewery in Merseyside for 2019 was named as Glen Affric Brewery.
The Top 10 Beers are –
- Mad Hatter Double Nightmare on Bold Street R
- Mad Hatter Fattest Stout R
- Mad Hatter Through a Stout Darkly R
- Mad Hatter Hare of Darkness R
- Mad Hatter Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte Porter R
- Mad Hatter Toxteth IPA R
- Mad Hatter Fatter Stout R
- Mad Hatter Soleil de Grace R
- Mad Hatter Who Loves the Sun R
- Mad Hatter Manchester Tart R
Looks like Mad Hatter is sorely missed in this area! crazy stuff. For Breweries still going we have –
- Black Lodge Brewdog Liverpool Bold Street Coffee The Floor is Java
- Neptune Amarillo & Citra IPA
- Neptune Mosaic
The currently open top 5 Rated Places –
- Ship & Mitre, Liverpool – 95
- Dead Crafty Beer Company, Liverpool – 87
- Black Lodge Brewing Taproom, Liverpool – 84
- Brewdog Liverpool, Liverpool – 84
- Roscoe Head, Liverpool – 84
The Top 5 Raters of Merseyside beers are
To get onto the Top 50 list for Merseyside Beers you will requite 36 Ratings
The person from Merseyside with most ratings on Ratebeer is
@wyzzywyz22 – Currently active.