Real ale boost to business

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Businesses across the borough are set to benefit from an influx of real ale drinkers to the area.

The Campaign for Real Ale is hosting its annual general meeting in Liverpool between April 1 and 3, with four connected social events being held in St Helens and Prescot.

It is a further boost to the towns reputation as a bastion of real ales and ciders.

There will be trips to the Melwood Brewery - which is Prescot’s only brewery - on the Lord Derby estate where delegates can gain access to their new premises which are not normally open to the public while award-winning brewer Stan Shaw and owners John and Julie Marsden run them through the brewing process.

There will also be a trip to the Connoisseur brewery in St Helens town centre which has just been voted Merseyside’s best new brewery in 2015, and there will be two trips to the multi award-winning Cricketers Arms the current CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year.

St Helens CAMRA branch chairman Alan Healey said: “This shows how the real ale reputation of our town is growing.

“I am sure the delegates from the AGM will love what we have to offer, but more importantly they will go back to their branches and tell other real ale enthusiasts about the excellent time they had in the St Helens and Prescot areas.

“This should lead to more people from outside the town visiting our real ale pubs and therefore boosting our local economy.”