Beer Appreciation

The ‘Beer Group’ (as they are popularly called) are supporters, exclusively, of Real Ale and only visit Pubs who serve the real ‘stuff’. We always try and visit our older historic establishments, but also very happy to support new Micro bars.

Usually the third Friday of the month.
Meeting time varies, but usually 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm
  • Leader: Peter Lloyd - 01695 575803 or text 07801 106335  (aka the Beer Monster)
  • With his trusty Assistant Beer Monster, Barry J Carr
  • We are also using WhatsApp as a good tool of communication, so please provide your mobile number.
  • See the September 2023 Magazine article to get a better idea of where we go to.

Travel arrangements on all our days out are by Train, Bus, Coach or on foot – and always finish with some good ‘Pub Grub’.

If anyone would like to join us, please contact the Leader for further details. Come along for a taster (Real Ale). We like to encourage friendship, conviviality and a meeting of new friends in the u3a, and always to have some FUN.      

Provisional Beer Visits – 2024

Third Fridays of the month

January 26th  St. Helens
February 23rd Leyland
March 29th Croston Beer Festival
April 19th Liverpool
May 17th Horwich
June 21st Warrington
July 19th Wigan
August 16th Liverpool


Last Updated on March 15, 2024

Chester visit – May 2023

A wonderful day in a sunbathed Chester.

We visited some of Chester’s oldest and finest hostelries, guided by Dag Griffiths;-

  • The Old Harker’s Arms
  • Ye Olde Boot
  • The Pied Bull
  • Telford’s Warehouse
  • The Bull and Stirrup

Next month’s visit is Chorley.

Chester photos

On the way to Ye Olde Boot

Eastgate clock

Lunch on the hoof

Inside Ye Olde Boot

Thoughtful customers

Back room – Ye Olde Boot

Chester cathedral

Chester town hall

Oldest Inn with its own brewery

Through the city walls to Telford’s warehouse

Telford’s warehouse. A great selection of beers in a converted warehouse, next to the Shropshire Union canal

Last Updated on May 24, 2023

Peter LLoyd Fund Raising

Although our group is for the time being having a rest due to Covid 19, Peter LLoyd – Leader of  Beer Appreciation group – has taken the opportunity to raise some much needed funds for our local hospitals. He cycled almost 80 miles in consecutive days calling at Alder Hey, Royal Preston and Southport Hospitals where he is also a volunteer.  A magnificent total of £920 was raised which will be disbursed to Alder Hey and Southport, both of which have issued Urgent Appeals.  Peter would like to say a sincere thanks to all of his U3A Friends who donated following his Bike Ride: ” You have been simply amazing, I cannot thank you enough. Best Love to all”.

Last Updated on September 10, 2023

2019 Visits

Our day out at the Wigan Beer Festival at the DW Stadium complex and also Wigan’s best in the town centre. Thanks to Barry – we didn’t get lost – unlike the journey home.

Last Updated on May 28, 2020

2018 visits

Last Updated on March 7, 2019

Some Successful Sojourns in 2017

An excellent September day out combined with Maghull Beer Group, a visit to Moorhouses Brewery in Burnley.  A good selection of their many fine real ales all of which were in excellent condition. Plus some very nice Pie and Peas.  Very Impressed with the friendly welcome. The Md  looked after us Big Time.

 The Parbold 4,  in July – inc  Ferrits, and even several of Michael Portillos, well they were in the Railway beer garden and he does love trains.  Paul Furnival very happy to see a real Ferrit instead of a dinky toy !


Our Southport Sojourn in June – Hightown Hotel, The Pines Hillside, The Beer Station Freshfield and the Freshfield Hotel


Liverpool’s Fantastic Beer Festival in the Crypt, Metropolitan Cathedral, a wonderful Iconic Venue.

Support for our home towns smallest Pubs in Ormskirk

La Cantina, in the Malthouse Centre

The best of Wigan’s Micros – the Symposium and Wigan Central





Last Updated on January 29, 2018

Beer Group goes National!

Peter Lloyd’s popular Beer Appreciation group features in the June 2017 issue of “Sources”, the educational journal of the Third Age Trust. Written by Peter Lloyd and Barry Carr a year ago, the article has at last appeared in print.

Click on the small image for a larger version.

Last Updated on January 5, 2018

Liverpool Day Out

Another Great day out in the Uk’s most friendly City – we cannot disagree – it really was great fun in Liverpool. We visited The Sanctuary – a new Micro Bar;  The Crown – where we enjoyed some very nice Pub Grub;  The White Star;  The Canarfon Castle;  The Victoria Cross and Ma Edgertons.  Great old pubs and brilliant atmosphere in them all.

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Last Updated on January 5, 2018