Ever wonder what it's like to run a unique company that highlights Liverpool's brewing history? Join us as we sit down with Darren Gilligan, the entrepreneur behind Liverpool Brewery Bus Tours. We cover everything from the start-up journey of of the tour, a unique concept that journeys through Liverpool's brewing scene, to the challenges faced by small breweries and Darren's experiences operating a pub on London Road.
We take a sobering look at the decline of traditional pub culture and the changing landscape of local breweries. Darren recounts stories of the pub's regulars and the impact of wider societal changes, such as the smoking ban, on pub tradition. We also tackle the struggle to keep pubs afloat in these changing times. But it's not all serious - we also take a virtual brewery tour through Liverpool's diverse beer offerings and discuss the importance of tasting different types of beer and understanding local brewing history.
Finally, we explore the fun side of Liverpool Brewery Bus Tours- the unique brewery tour that Darren offers, targeting hen and stag parties, football tourists and corporates. We reminisce about our travels, childhood experiences with alcohol, and share a good laugh about our language barrier mishaps. Whether you're a beer enthusiast, history buff or just in for a good story, this episode is packed with insightful experiences, laughter, and a deep dive into the fascinating world of Liverpool breweries. So, pour yourself a pint (or a cup of tea, if you prefer) and join us for this engaging chat with Darren.
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The show is hosted by Joe Clarke, Princes Trust Award winner and Dan McComish, co-founder of the Liverpool Weekender, who specialise in creating weekend trips for people coming into the city.