The Ship and Mitre is holding its first American Beer Festival beginning, unsurprisingly enough, on 4 July. The pub's website says, "Throughout the week there will be 6 draught beers available from 5 different breweries, and 45 different bottled beers from 17 different breweries. These beers will all be featuring alongside our selection of American themed real ales, and our regular selection of 8 bourbon whiskies. There’s going to be a mixture of American lagers, stouts, IPA’s, wheat beers and various other ales on offer in this selection so there will be something available for everyone."
It should be interesting because for many of us the phrase "American beer" conjures up images of Budweiser and Coors. I know people who have been to the USA who tell me that you can get exceptionally good beer there nowadays, but my only experience has been a pale ale from a brewery called Sierra Nevada, which I spotted in a supermarket a few years ago and decided to try. I rather liked it, thus shattering some preconceptions! I also like their label. I'm looking forward to widening my experience beyond this one example without having to cross the pond.
The festival runs from 4 to 10 July at the Ship and Mitre, 133 Dale Street, Liverpool, L3 2JH.