We're quite proud of our beers but we understand they're not to everyone's taste. And those people are wrong.
(By which we mean we always try to have them available)
Golden Sands - 4%
Golden bitter. Triple-hopped with citrus flavour which balances well with a biscuity maltness. Named after the beach at Southport back when it was a beach and not an up-and-coming marshland.
Dark Night - 3.9%
Dark Mild. Dry, with roasted coffee and chocolate flavours. Named after the shipwreck of the Mexico in 1886 in which 27 of the 29 lifeboat crew died. The worst loss of RNLI crew in a single incident.
(By which we mean they're not always available but we make them as often as we can)
Carousel - 4%Copper-coloured bitter. High initial bitterness which gives way to a floral, citrus bouquet of flavour. Named after the carousel that sits on the Promenade, just by the entrance to the pier.
Southport IPA - 3.6%
A straw coloured session IPA. Packed with citrus, pineapple and lychee flavours. Perfect for a hot summers day! When we get summer, that is. It's just as good to drink when it's raining fortunately.
Natterjack - 4.3%
Amber-coloured premium bitter with coffee flavours and a satisfying finish. Named after the Natterjack toads that make their home in the sand dunes.
Monument Ale - 3.7%
A blonde session bitter made with traditional hops. Extremely drinkable without overloading your taste buds.
Named for the obelisk that is part of the War Memorial in the middle of Southport town centre.
Sandgrounder - 3.8%
The first beer ever made at the brewery. A light-bronze session bitter with a floral character.
A Sandgrounder is someone who is born and bred in Southport (technically Marshside). Though I'm also given to understand that the title isn't deserved until you're the 3rd generation to have done so.
National Hero - 4%
Chestnut-coloured, traditional English bitter. Fruity bitterness with a hoppy character.
Brewed in spring for the Grand National in honour of Red Rum.
Santa's Brew - 4%
Chestnut coloured with just a hint of red shading. Excellent bitterness with a slight roast aftertaste.Surprisingly enough - Brewed in winter, just before Christmas.
Old Shrimper - 5.5%
A rich, dark & fruity old ale. To this day, it's an absolute travesty that we stopped making this as it's undoubtedly one of the best beers we ever made but, as people "only drink light beers and IPAs", very few people were willing to stock it. These same people will in the same breath glorify another, more well known, strong dark "peculiar" ale which, in our humble opinion, tastes mostly of disappointment and corporate philosophy. There truly aren't enough swear words in the English language.
It's collected a few awards too:
2014 - SIBA North West Beer Competition - Bottled Beer - Gold Award
2015 - SIBA National Beer Competition - Bottled Beer - Silver Award
2015 - SIBA North West Beer Competition - Bottled Beer - Bronze Award
Cyclone - 3.8%
Bronze coloured bitter with a really complex flavour profile and blackcurrant notes.
Named after the famous wooden rollercoaster that used to be at the local fairground until a nearby rival firm bought the ground and stripped all the good stuff away.
Ruck & Maul - 4%
Light bronze/copper coloured bitter. Created to celebrate 140 years since the formation of the local rugby club.
Black 5 Stout - 4.5%
As the name suggests, this was a dark stout. The name came from the old engines that used to run the Southport to Preston railway line, back when there was a line.
We used a smoked beech malt to get that smoky flavour into the beer and it was, after Old Shrimper, my favourite beer. Again, nobody was willing to take the risk and so another cracking beer was shelved.
I'd give the left nut of de Pfeffel Johnson to be able to make this again.