The Oxford English Dictionary simply refers to a brewpub as a public house that sells beer brewed on the premises. Brewpubs are very few and far between in Northern Ireland. Until early 2021 there were three: the superb Walled City restaurant in Derry/Londonderry, the beautiful Speckled Hen restaurant near Lisburn brewing small batch Black Mountain…… Continue reading A Welcome Old Addition to Belfast’s Beer Scene
The calling out of sexism in the beer world has, thankfully, been much more visible over the past few months after recent social media revelations, and following on from this I asked a leading lady in the Irish brewing scene to detail her thoughts and experiences of sexism and inequality. However you know her -…… Continue reading The Femme. The Brewer.
There used to be a time when buying a different beer in a supermarket involved grabbing a bottle of Innis & Gunn. We all started somewhere, eh? Simpler times. 2021 is looking a bit different. Now there’s an abundance of well known and highly respected breweries taking up much coveted shelf space in the alcohol…… Continue reading Mesmerised&Surprised in 2021
Following on from Part 1: Ards is the story of a former Kilkeel brewery that outgrew its original site and moved to a much more impressive setting near Castlewellan. Whitewater Brewery was founded by Bernard and Kerry Sloan in the mid 1990s and 2021 sees its 25th birthday. Much has happened to Northern Ireland’s beer…… Continue reading A Birthday Trilogy. Part 2: Whitewater
2021 sees a milestone birthday for three of Northern Ireland’s breweries. Ards Brewing Company in Greyabbey is 10 years old, Whitewater in Castlewellan turns 25 and the oldest independent brewery on the island of Ireland, Hilden Brewery near Lisburn, celebrates its 40th birthday. The NI beer landscape has altered immeasurably since the inception of each…… Continue reading A Birthday Trilogy. Part 1: Ards