450 Miles, 30 Breweries, 2 Days

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2pBpPoGhoH3IwsWC20CpJb In our lifetime, Northern Ireland has never had as many microbreweries as now. I’m not saying I’m eleven years old but in 2011 there were five breweries on the go. Today the figure stands at thirty and in a couple of weeks time it’ll be thirty one. So how could an intrepid local beer…… Continue reading 450 Miles, 30 Breweries, 2 Days

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K’vik, Before They’re Gone

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6Ajo3e0dYgXeYQGRDU2Y6t The Norwegian yeast called kveik (pronounced k’vike) has become more familiar over the past couple of years in our local beer scene but what’s all the fuss about, how does it differ and what does it bring to the party? Simply put, a lot of kveik strains are resilient and ferment beer faster and…… Continue reading K’vik, Before They’re Gone


Beers for ‘Ard Times

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5DXHgR6s9sf6x3R8QB5C1s To my shame I’ve realised that I’ve never reviewed any Ards Brewing pale ales on this blog. Sure, I’ve cast my thoughts on the Greyabbey brewery’s stouts but the pales seem to have been overlooked. Not today my friend as we’re pale heavy. Most of the beers in Ards’ portfolio are pales so if…… Continue reading Beers for ‘Ard Times


Dabbling in Supermarket Craft Beer? You’ve Never Had It So Good

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3iUUc91F7GQT8NhcP7vNE8 In the (looks at the abacus) almost 10 years I’ve been blethering away on this blog, the Northern Ireland beer scene has changed immeasurably. Okay, when I say immeasurably, that’s not true. Of course it’s measurable, I’ve been one of the people measuring it. Let’s just say it has changed for the better in…… Continue reading Dabbling in Supermarket Craft Beer? You’ve Never Had It So Good

Belfast · Northern Ireland · Uncategorized

A Welcome Old Addition to Belfast’s Beer Scene

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