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.

Varies each month, but always on Friday afternoons.
Meeting time varies, but usually 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm
Leader: Peter Lloyd - 01695 575803 or text 07801106335  ( aka the Beer  Monster ) With his trusty Assistant Beer Monster Barry J Carr   2020 Programme February 21st  ..Standish departing at 12.30 by coach March 2oth - Frodsham by train from Liverpool April 17th - Preston by train May  15th - Manchester by train from Burscough Bridge June 26th - Croston by train...Note Change in Date, due to the  Krakow adventure on the 14th July , although the Mystery tour is fully booked we are still hoping to have another day out in early July August 21st - Liverpool by Train September 18th - Formby, Hillside, Freshfield by train October 16th - Parbold by coach November 13th - Neptune Brewery , Maghull, by coach with a 5 o'clock start, pay bar , another new one,replaces Parkers, Banks December - Christmas Party , date Tba Another great year lies ahead with a couple of New destinations with tried and tested old Favourites       Cheers and Beers

Travel arrangements on all our days out are by Train, Bus or with Charlton Coaches/J P Travel – and always finish with some good ‘Pub Grub’.

Saturday January 26: Red Star Brewery, Formby. Brewery tour, beer and buffet.

Friday February 15: Ormskirk’s fringe Pubs

Friday March 1: Wigan Beer Festival – free for CAMRA members – £1 non members. 70 real ales and ciders.

Friday April 12th : Waterloo and Formby – dependent upon Merseyrail platform works.

Friday  May 10th ; Warrington, By train from Lime St , or by coach

Friday June 14th ; Mystery tour revived and is still a Mystery

Friday July 26th ; Liverpools Dale St pubs and more

Friday August 16th; Bolton by coach

Friday September 6th; Formby and Ainsdale

Saturday October 12th; East Lancs Railway, sorry  fully booked, you can join a waiting list just in case there are any late cancellations

November; Annual pilgrimage to  Parkers, Banks

December; Xmas party at the Cricketers

If anyone would like to join us, please text or email Peter 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.

2019 so far…



2018 visits

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





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.

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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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