Whether you be new to the world of craft beer or a seasoned pro, you may not be aware that Hilden Brewery near Lisburn is the oldest surviving independent brewery on the island of Ireland and turns 40 years young in 2021. Hilden brews, including the likes of Twisted Hop, Headless Dog and Belfast Blonde,…… Continue reading A Birthday Trilogy. Part 3: Hilden
Sometimes the craft beer scene can be a daunting and scary place. For those of you recently entering the arena of CBWs (Craft Beer W–kers) spouting this and that about sours, DIPAs, barrel aged and saisons, you may find yourself simply saying “Wha…?” So let’s stop and think for a moment. If you are new…… Continue reading Supermarket Sweep
Northern Ireland now has 31 businesses registered as breweries (I’ll refrain from simply calling them all breweries – it’s complicated) and something that’s been on my mind for a while now is their beer quality – or lack of. In 2011 we had a mere five such businesses and it’s increased by over 500% in six years.…… Continue reading Belfast’s Fifth Quarter – who knew?
So I said before that it started with Inishmacsaint. Previously I told the story of how I developed a bit of a fascination with Inishmacsaint beer from Fermanagh. I initially became engrossed with finding out about the name and history of Inishmacsaint island – and this developed into thinking about travelling there to have…… Continue reading Beer Place Names Part 2
It all started with Inishmacsaint. I’ve been a fan of the Fermanagh beer for a while now and wanted to know more about the Lough Erne island here in Northern Ireland which bears its name, the cross and 6th century monastic remains. Also, as I live over two hours drive away I had no…… Continue reading Beer Place Names Part 1