Craft Beer – Dec 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these (there was sunshine in my last bloody one!) so let’s get on with it.

Some *exceptional* beers around at the moment including…

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Even if that last Brewdog one is the spiciest beer I’ve ever tasted… Small doses!

Plenty of other great beers tried recently along the lines of…

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And finally good to see Franciscan Well canning and the Celebration Brew growler they sent me was absolutely super…



Next – the listing for this year’s Twelve Pubs Of Craftmas

The Craft Beers Of Spain


I’m only now just realising I completely forgot to do a thing on all of the Spanish craft beers I tried on holiday during the Summer and the top notch place I found them in…

So, first things first – I was in the hills just above a little town called Frigiliana in Andalucia. A tiny beautiful town just north of a much bigger one on the coast called Nerja.

To be honest I thought the chances of finding anything crafty were slim to none until I Googled the week before I left and found this…






La Domadora Y El Leon used to be in Nerja, now it’s set up on the tiny street you see above with the vast, VAST selection of stuff you see above. Some international, lots of local, they even brew their own award-winning beer and have it on tap if you fancy sitting down…


I bought the stash of stuff you see below, all very decent, some more than others. Pretty much none of which are available back home in Ireland.

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Still, if you’re in that part of Spain next year it’s a beautiful town and worth going out of your way to visit…

It’s Beer-n A Long Time…

Yeah, I know. Terrible.

Just realised today that it was July the last time I stuck together some pics on craft beers I’ve had over the Summer so let’s remedy that…


First one is a little Galway recommendation (even if it is from a crap picture). As both of the brilliant Galway Bay bars are outside the very centre of the city (Oslo is in Salthill, The Salthouse is over the Corrib Bridge beyond Jury’s Inn) the spot for one if you’re around Eyre Square could be O’Connell’s. All the above taps come from there.

Speaking of which…


The GB collaboration with Cigar City Brewing is a fine (if temporary) addition to the range.

In terms of the best stuff I’ve had over the Summer there have been many, many fine tastes. In particular I still have some Stone and Yeastie Boys stashed away. Hop Fiction comes around far. far too rarely, everything Northern Monk makes is usually super…

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And on top of that a few other bits and pieces you might like…

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More to come on the craft beers of Spain…

Craft Beer – July 2016

Yeah, I’m getting less creative with the titles, aren’t I?

I should start with the arrival in Ireland (in can and on tap) of Stone Brewing beers. Love the IPA and the Arrogant Bastard is very, very impressive…



Another couple of things I’m going to tease you with that you probably can’t get (sorry!) are from a trip to London a while back. One from The Craft Beer Co in Clerkenwell, one from Rake in Southwark. There’s also a whole post about the Beavertown pop-up pub I encountered over HERE.



Tons of other nice bits and pieces around at the moment in cans…

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Loved all of the below…

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And some other bits and pieces tried during the same period and all worth your time as well…

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All the old stuff HERE, more next month 😉


We were in London recently and how could I not make the trip out to Norf Lahndan to the Beavertown pop-up pub Beerkat?

Spent a very pleasant afternoon there, food was cheap and great, vibe was lovely, the bar is airy and opens out onto the street. Downsides? Prices were hefty and we were a 5 minute walk from the Emirates 😉 Not bad, all in all.

If you’re over, get there soon as it’s only open for 4 weeks. They do, however, seem to have a Siren takeover coming this weekend.

Make the trip.











Loved it 🙂

Craft Beer For The Summer

Well, I don’t know about you but the moment the sun pops out for its annual 6 day pilgrimage to Ireland I feel the need to grab beers I like and sup them preferably in an outdoor setting…

As usual, some thing I’ve had recently I think you might like include…


Look, I know it’s fairly hard to come by at this stage but I sensibly squirrelled a case of it away when it came out and this is number three. It is SPECTACULAR…


The baby above is Solemn Black, the new Black IPA also from Galway Bay and their new head brewer. Lovely stuff…

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Some old and new Brewdogs came my way as well. I think Monk Hammer was the one I was most taken by.

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All of the above are new and interesting too…



Both of the above are ones that fell into my lap when looking for something suitable to drink a few years ago in San Francisco doing the radio show and both are now seemingly available here in well-priced sixpacks…

And finally…


I’ve had a lot of this recently and it’s an old familiar. Light, beautiful and perfect for the summer. I’m 100% going to check out their pop-up pub Beerkat when I’m over there in the next few weeks.

More next month.

You May Like These Craft Beers…

Another month, another few ideas for things you might like to stick in the fridge and then stick in front of you…

First off, a location. We ended up in The Villager in Chapelizod at a birthday party. Downstairs seems fairly ordinary but the upstairs has been completely revamped – full of cocktails, craft beers in bottle and a nice vibe. Worth a wander if you’re out there.


Tried the first of the new Yellowbelly series of beers – you have to love whoever is doing their graphics for them…


8 Degrees have a a new one, and yes they have.


And a thought. I had forgotten just how sold the St. Mel’s Pale Ale is until I was in a hotel at the weekend and it was the only thing that caught my eye. Glad it did.


Then a few other things were sampled too…

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More next month – you can read all the old stuff HERE.