My tale starts on Saturday the 24 of March. I returned home from two pints of Vienna Lager and a Cheese Steak Pizza, in the Porterhouse North, with my Better Half and my daughter.
Soon after arriving home, a misunderstanding about what is happening when and who has to be where, on what day, is cleared up and I ended up with an unexpected free Saturday. There is only one thing to do with such a day. Brew beer!
Welcome to Irish Craft Brewer! This site has been created to be the new home on the web for people wanting to learn and share knowledge about craft brewing in Ireland. Whether you are just starting out or are already running a small brewery in your own home, we hope that you'll find this a useful resource, and contribute your own knowledge to the rest of the community.
When you say “home-brew” to most people, they think of cheaply made, poor quality beer. Cloudy, foul smelling muck, only the most desperate college student would drink. The reason that people think this is because, a lot of the time, this is exactly the case. When people decide they want to make their own beer they are often motivated by the desire for cheap alcohol. They don't see it as taking up a hobby, nor do they think there are any skills to be acquired, they just want to have some cut price booze.
I am a fan of strong beers. By this I mean beers with a relatively high Alcohol content (OK, I am also a fan of weak and medium strength beers but that is beside the point).
When drinking a nice Belgian trappist beer, or the Porterhouse's fine An Brainblasta I am often asked how I can drink something that strong and frankly, I just don't understand the question.
Sure, if all you have ever drunk was 4.3% vol. beer then I could see how a strong beer would seem intimidating, but surely a little beverage called wine has crossed everyone's lips at some stage.
People seem to think that drinking a strong beer will result in rapid drunkenness. They fear that they will lose control and make a staggering, shouting, vomiting show of themselves.
Naturally, if you swallow pints of strong beer with wild abandon you will end up in a sorry state, but the same is true of wine.
Now, Chimay Blue, for example, is 9% Vol and An Brainblasta is 7% vol., while wine is commonly 11-14% vol. but people see wine as a civilised refined drink and do not fear becoming drunken louts from drinking it. Why? Respect. They accord wine the respect it deserves, while strong beers are treated the same way as their weaker cousins, with predictable results.
Respect is the key to understanding and enjoying any alcoholic drink. Accord the beverage in your hand the respect it is due and you will not go wrong.
Launched on July 1st, 2010, Beoir is an independent group of consumers which seeks greater choice, quality and value-for-money for beer and cider drinkers on the island of Ireland. Our primary goal is to support and raise awareness of Ireland's native independent microbreweries and craft cider-makers.
Additionally, Beoir promotes and encourages amateur craft brewing, and the making of other fermented beverages. It seeks to assist amateur brewers in improving the quality of their end product through the sharing of information.
The group is organised and administrated in an open and democratic manner by and for its subscribing members on a voluntary non-profit basis. Membership is open to all adults worldwide and costs €10 per annum.
Beoir is a natural development out of the former IrishCraftBrewer.com (launched in March 2007), an online community for beer lovers in Ireland. At a high level, IrishCraftBrewer.com was about appreciating good beer, and promoting choice in Ireland. Although not officially organised as a campaign, members of the community raised awareness of quality beer and brewing in Ireland appearing on TV shows such as RTÉ's Highly Recommended (16/12/2007) and Capital D (09/04/2009) as well as Oz and James Drink to Britain on BBC2 (27/01/2009). Co-founder and current Beoir Chair Séan Billings provided technical advice for the brewing features of RTÉ's Living Lightly. The group has also been represented on radio shows for RTÉ Radio 1 (Mooney -- 17/08/2009), Today FM (The Last Word -- 15/04/2009), NewsTalk (Moncrieff -- 22/10/2009), 4FM (Weekend Magazine -- 05/09/2009), Dublin South FM (Grow It, Cook It, Eat It -- 21/10/2009) and Radio Kerry (Kerry Today -- 28/07/2009). In print, we have featured in articles for The Irish Times (30/03/2009), Irish Independent (31/03/2009) and Sunday Business Post (07/06/2009), in addition to a special piece in Food & Wine Magazine (July 2009).
In November 2012, Beoir joined the European Beer consumers Union (EBCU) representing beer consumers in Ireland. We were the 13th member at the time. This gave us a voice in Europe and the backing of other European countries if ever the need arises.
To join Beoir, you can subscribe on-line (after first registering as a user of Beoir.org) or by sending a cheque or postal order to the Treasurer, or through bank transfer (details available from the Treasurer).