Belfast craft beer pubs

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tim.culhane
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Belfast craft beer pubs

Post by tim.culhane » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:34 am

hi all,

Heading to Belfast this weekend and hoping to hit a number of the craft beer pubs in the city.

Have done some research on the best places but would also be interested in the opinions of the Beoir members who have been to Belfast more regularly over the years.

Obviously the pubs need to have the best selection of craft beers on tap but also we'd be looking for bars with no loud music and friendly staffand good food.

Some of the places on our hit list at the moment include:

Sunflower
Woodworkers
Bittles
Boot Leggers
Hudson (Think now called Peaky Blinders) ... is this bar owned by the same people running the Errigle Inn?
Northern Lights
Hildon Brewery

Looking forward to other suggestions or rankings on which of the above you would consider the best place to hit.

regards,

Tim

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Post by TheBeerNut » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:09 pm

The Errigle itself is well worth a look. I've heard The Woodworkers has taken a bit of a dive, unfortunately.
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Re: Belfast craft beer pubs

Post by andrew » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:21 pm

I've always liked The Crown. Usually has something decent on cask.
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Post by irish_goat » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:53 pm

There's Wetherspoons if you want cask beer. Their fridges normally have some decent bottles and cans at good prices too.

Only other suggestion would be The Green Room. It's a theatre cafe bar but has a decent selection of craft beer. No loud music as far as I remember.

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Post by brendy_éire » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:00 pm

I'd add the John Hewitt to that list. Decent enough selection, and the food is lovely, often with an interesting fish special. It's my usual spot for lunch when I'm up working in Belfast. It's also non-profit, owned by the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre next door.
They do have live music some evenings, but it's quiet
during the day.

Only other spot in the centre I can think of is the Garrick. It's a busy enough spot at night though.

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Re: Belfast craft beer pubs

Post by tim.culhane » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:38 pm

Thanks all.

Wil llet you know how we get on ...

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Re: Belfast craft beer pubs

Post by tim.culhane » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:06 pm

hi all,

Quick update on my trip to Belfast last week.

The good:

Bittles I think got the award for best bar on the trip.
It had a lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and an interesting selection of draft and bottle beers.

Another lovely spot was the taproom at the hildon brewery. They had all of Hilddon's regular beers and the food was really good.

We also paid a quick visit to the Observatory in the Grand central hotel.
Had a pint of Estrella Damm Inedit, developed in cooperation with the chefs involved with the El Bulli restaurant.
They also had an IPA exclusively brewed for them by Whitewater.

Both beers were lovely, though probably not worth the 8 pounds price tag ...

The John Hewitt was also a nice spot with a decent beer selection.

the not so good

Bootlegger is a place to avoid if you are looking for good craft beer on tap. The website gives the impression they have lots of stuff but in reality they just had Chieftain IPA and also the Citra ale from OpenGate.

Wasalso a bit disappointed with the Sunflower, especially given all the good things I'd seen online about them.
They only had 4 or 5 beers on tap, and nothing all that exciting.

I was struck by the fact that the vast majority of craft beer on tap came from Northern Ireland and the Republic. I expected a lot more beers from the big hitting UK craft breweries but perhaps we were just unlucky with our timing.

regards,

Tim

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Re: Belfast craft beer pubs

Post by brendy_éire » Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:15 pm

tim.culhane wrote:I was struck by the fact that the vast majority of craft beer on tap came from Northern Ireland and the Republic. I expected a lot more beers from the big hitting UK craft breweries but perhaps we were just unlucky with our timing.
The Woodworkers and Errigle will often have English craft in, but the standard tends to be lower than the Irish stuff. I'm not sure if they're just buying it based on cost, but it's only occasionally the English stuff is worth it.
Still the best spot for British craft is Wetherspoons.

Nothing decent in the Grand Central? I used to work it that building when it was an office. An absolute dump of a place that we all reckoned needed torn down. Funny that it's now home to the most expensive bar in Ireland.

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