A while back I had a bit of a pop at contract breweries not labelling where their beer was being brewed. What’s the big deal? Why not just say if your beer is being brewed at a different location?
It seems that train of thought continues with Dopey Dick in Derry/Londonderry.
They did apparently brew in the city when I visited in 2016 with draught offerings in a couple of bars but recently the quality of brews became considerably better as well as being available in bottles.
It seems there may be a reason for this. Core beers of lager, session IPA and red ale all have a similar ABV to another Northern Irish brewery.
Coincidence? Definitely not.
Dopey Dick Brewery was contacted but failed to confirm or deny that the beer was being brewed elsewhere.
That’s a shame. The beers are tasty and the branding is good so I don’t know why a few words on the brewing provenance can’t be written on the side of the label.
Maybe the big question isn’t “Why hide it?”, but “Does anyone really care?”
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I do! Good spot.
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It’s actually a legal requirement in UK to have the following on your labels; “Name and address of supplier or bottler” – you see plenty breweries obviously not being 100% compliant. It’s for local Environmental Health Departments to uphold I believe.
But presumably Dopey Dick can list themselves as supplier. There’s no requirement to state the place of production AFAIK.
Yeah think that’s perhaps why there’s a bit of a “grey area” on exact label requirement rules but it does state “producer” from this article; https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/alcohol-labelling-rules
Had a pint or two of Dopy dick two weeks ago in Derry. Double deadly dull I thought.