Finding beer from Ireland's craft breweries can be a daunting task. We are not yet at the stage where one can walk into any pub in Ireland and find something brewed locally. However, the beer is available and for the discerning drinker it is simply a matter of knowing where to look. Read the Full Story
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The number of craft breweries in Ireland has been growing over the past few years, providing greater choice and quality to beer and cider consumers on the island of Ireland. Beoir maintains a list of these breweries so you can learn where you can find them and what they make. Read the Full Story
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It’s that time of the year when the evenings get shorter and the days get colder. Which means it’s time for the winter seasonals/Christmas beers. There’s been a massive increase this year with nearly half the Irish microbreweries producing at least one seasonal, and in some cases, two and even three. The styles are almost all malt-forward as expected for the time of year, with a couple of surprises. Red IPAs, Spiced Ryes and of course, the Coffee Porter/Stouts are all well represented. So, get tracking…
5 Lamps: Glendalough Barrel Aged Red, Porter and Dark IPA.
9 White Deer: Cask specials only- Black Lightning and Lon Dubh.
Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne: Festive Imperial Black Ale and Winter Ale.
Black Donkey: Dark Biere de Garde.
Blacks of Kinsale: “Worlds End” Imperial Chocolate Vanilla Stout.
Bo Bristle: TBA.
Boundary Brewing: Chili Porter and Coconut Lemon Berlinerweisse.
Brehon: Shanco Duhb relaunch.
Brú: “Darkside” Saison and 400 Day Barrel Aged Stout (in bottles).
Carlow: “Winter Star” Spiced Rye Ale
Carrig: Barrel Aged Black IPA and Red IPA.
Donegal: Expresso Stout.
Dungarvan: Coffee and Oatmeal Stout
Eight Degrees: “Snow Eater” Red IPA, “Signal” Belgium Stout and “Mór” Barleywine.
Elbow Lane: Vienna Lager.
Farmageddon: Winter IPA.
Galway Bay: "Space Suit" Dark Saison and "Diving Bell" Salted Caramel Wee Heavy.
While the Irish brewing scene hasn't grown as much in the last twelve months as it has in recent years, the task of picking a best beer from the hundred or so operational breweries has not got any easier. In this the eighth edition of the competition, 73 different beers received a preference from a Beoir member, cutting across styles, strengths and county of origin. As always, every beer brewed on the island and available in the previous year was eligible and voting was open to current Beoir members. When all the counting up was complete, three winning beers and a winning brewery were selected. And they were:
Veteran beer writer Tim Webb has been publishing a guide to Belgian beer and pubs since 1992. This and the previous edition in 2014 were co-edited by the Europe-based American writer Joe Stange. A short essay by Webb at the front of the book charts the origin of the guide and announces his retirement from it. That means the next one will have a different feel to the current edition, because this is not simply a list of Belgian pubs and breweries, but rather a series of personal observations. This unusual approach really captures the idiosyncracies of Belgium's beer culture.