Though it did take three attempts to break the bottle on a brewing tank, the plant is now most likely operation and the expansion open for brewing! Peerless has received numerous awards from SIBA (Society for Independent Brewers) for its beers, including two recent gold medals. Indeed, the brewery performed quite solidly at the last Battle of the Breweries event in late 2014, with very positive feedback coming in about both the Oatmeal Stout and the RIOTS (although at the time, this was a first batch, kindly provided by Steve for getting feedback – the latest iterations are very accomplished and enjoyable complex stouts).
The bulk of Roger Protz’s talk focused on the make up of each of the Peerless beers drunk, along with a foreword on the growth of the brewing industry in the UK amongst the growth internationally. There was also a reinforcing word on the reputation of beer which whilst steadily improving, is still on the back foot compared to wine (at least in the mainstream media). I won’t wax lyrical any more on this matter here, as I have already covered my rallying cry on the matter in a previous edition of this blog.
Peerless beers are becoming ever more visible in Liverpool and the wider area, having been most conspicuous in Wetherspoons pubs on the Wirral, but places like Tithebarn Street’s James Monro for cask and the Londis on Penny Lane, Mossley Hill for bottles are becoming more frequent – and with the expansion perhaps moreso in the future. Steve seems to be very happy with the expansion, with little concern for finding the ever-competitive market for his beers. For a full spectrum of their brews, the best option is to attend either a brewery tour, or to visit the brewery premises for one of their ‘Thirsty Thursday’ events. Details for both of these are present on the website.
Until next time!
Peerless Brewing Company
8 Pool Street
Tel: 0151 647 7688
Roger is a journalist, writer and campaigner. He has edited the Good Beer Guide since 2000 and also edited the same publication during the early 1980s.