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Higsons brewery.......

any one remember dad used to work for them ..he was the bottling foreman at a premises they had in Crosby in the 60's/70's

ASK any Liverpool man of a certain age and he’ll probably tell you his first drink was a pint of foaming Higsons bitter.

Founded in 1780 on Dale Street, the company moved to Upper Parliament Street in 1919, running over 70 pubs in the process. Sadly since the brewery was taken over by Boddingtons in the 1980s and eventually closed down by Whitbread in 1990, drinkers have been denied to chance to sample its famous ale – that is until now.

“The Higsons name became available towards the end of 2009 and the people who purchased the intellectual property rights wanted the beer to still be brewed in Liverpool,” explains Mark Hensby, managing director of Liverpool Organic Brewery, which has now resurrected the iconic brand.

“They knocked on our door and had a chat and we decided it was worth our while. We knew a couple who had worked for Higsons and had the original recipes which we tried to assemble.

“Some of the ingredients were no longer available and we had to research and develop our own alternatives.”

So how has the new brew measured up with drinkers who remember Higsons unique charms?

“Higsons itself was a very variable feast but we have worked closely with two groups of former Higsons drinkers and employees and the general consensus is that we are now pretty damn close”, says Mark proudly.

“Higsons was known as having a very sulphuric nose to it and people used to say it gave them terrible hangovers. We’ve got rid of that and I think it probably tastes better now to be honest.”

Opening for business only 18 months ago, Liverpool Organic Brewery has been one of the success stories of Merseyside’s resurgent real ale scene, with Mark heading a team of dedicated amateurs and investors who have turned a hobby into an increasingly popular brand from their premises in Bootle.



Lizzie, your Dad worked at a Brewery Plant ?..   Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees some fellas have all the Luck    Razz
That article was really interesting....Cheers !  


The Stanhope Street building has been in the news these past few weeks

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