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 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.

Meetings have restarted, adhering to Covid-19 guidelines.

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.      

Our next day out will be a trip on January 28th  to West Kirby, by Merseyrail  from  Ormskirk. Full details to follow we will find some pub group and advise full information.

Last Updated on February 14, 2022

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 May 31, 2020

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.

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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