Here we are at the end of what’s been a year to remember and as is customary for the blog at this time of year (since 2014), it’s the Quare Swally Northern Ireland Golden Pints awards. Challenges bring diversity and innovation, and well done to all breweries for getting to the end of one of…… Continue reading Northern Ireland Golden Pints 2020
“Tis the season for stouts”, they say. “Load of rubbish”, I reply. Stouts are for all year – not just winter, though I’m sure there’s a better sounding slogan in there somewhere. Let’s round up a small handful of Irish stouts, north and south, and see what happens. Before you ask, I do own more…… Continue reading Stouts: The Orange, the Peanut, the Ginger and the Bourbon
A quick round up of some dark beers that hit the Northern Ireland market over the past few weeks. Beer Hut has become one of my favourite local breweries with cracking beers such as Fluffy Bunny marshmallow stout and Boombox double IPA. The Kilkeel outfit has moved into new premises this January, but one of…… Continue reading Dark Dealings
Belfast’s co-operative brewery Boundary has been steadily pumping out the beers recently and combined with the new canning system in place, it’s been all go down the Newtownards Road. Mutual Feelings is a milk stout that made its debut appearance on draught at the city’s ABV Festival in late August before being one of the…… Continue reading Autumn Arrivals
Something jingled my jangles recently. There I was, with Mrs W in The Cloth Ear bar in Belfast when I started to peruse its craft beer menu. After I’d stopped laughing hysterically at the pricing, I noticed a number of contract brews were on the list including Clearsky and McGrath’s. Clearsky has Fulcrum, Rowlock and Tidefall in its…… Continue reading Where’s Your Beer Really Brewed?