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Champion Beer of Cheshire: 
26 November, 2014
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The Champion Beer of Cheshire award was scooped by Woodlands Midnight Stout with Beartown Wojtek and Coach House Gunpowder Mild winning the silver and bronze award respectively. The competition was held at the Cheshire Beer Festival on 14th November. See http://www.cheshirebeerfestival.org.uk for more details.



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Landmark victory for beer drinkers, pub goers and licensees as Government defeated in Commons vote: 
19 November, 2014
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Tim Page, CAMRA Chief Executive said: Today's landmark Parliamentary vote helps secure the future of pubs. CAMRA is delighted that, after ten years of our campaigning, MPs have today voted to introduce a market rent only option for licensees tied to the large pub companies - a move that will secure the future of the Great British Pub. The Government was defeated by 284 votes to 269 with MPs from all parties voting in favour of a new clause to the Small Business Bill that will empower pubco licensees to choose between a tied agreement and a market rent only agreement that will allow them to buy beer on the open market. Allowing over 13,000 pub tenants tied to the large pub companies the option of buying beer on the open market at competitive prices will help keep pubs open and ensure the cost of a pint to consumers remains affordable. The large pub companies will no longer be able to charge their tenants prices up to 60 pence a pint higher than open market prices. This simple choice should spell the end of pubco licensees being forced out of business through high rents and tied product prices. Thank you to the 8000 CAMRA members and campaigners who lobbied their local MP to help make this happen and to those MPs that voted to support pubs. CAMRA are now urging the Government to accept the outcome of the vote.



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Greene King set to takeover Spirit Pub Group:: 
9 November, 2014
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The national brewery Greene King is set to add to its existing large pub estate by taking over the Spirit pub group which trades under several names including John Barras, Fayre & Square and Chef & Brewer. The pubs in Wirral which appear to be affected are the Shrewsbury (Oxton), Harvest Mouse (Heswall), Bridge Inn (Port Sunlight), Nelson (Wallasey), Twelfth Man (Greasby) and the Hinderton Arms (Neston). Spirit also owns several leased pubs and it is not clear how these will be affected.



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Two new Real Ale outlets:: 
9 November, 2014
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The Waterloo, tucked away almost unnoticed down Grange Road East has installed 2 handpumps. At present Wychwood Hobgoblin is on sale but the hope is to increase the range to two beers once the demand for real ale has been established. The Mersey Clipper, close to Tranmere Rovers ground, has been refurbished and reopened as the Birch Tree. There are three new handpumps but only one operating until the demand for real ale is established. At the time of a recent visit the pub was serving Wychwood Hobgoblin.



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Micro Pub to open in Wirral:: 
9 November, 2014
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Wirral's first micropub is set to open on 13th December, assuming building work can be completed in time. The Lazy Landlord will occupy shop premises at 56 Mill Lane Liscard, selling only cask beer (and good wine). It is hoped to serve 5 beers including two specially brewed for the pub by a friend of the licensee at Wentwell Brewery plus three others sourced locally. We are promised no telly, no music, no lagers and no spirits, just good beer and a great atmosphere.



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