A special for Christmas, The Good Craft Brewery Guide is a concise summary of Ireland’s emerging small scale brewing industry, it outlines the stories behind Ireland’s emerging craft brewers and details the styles and flavour characteristics of their beers.

Tim O'Rourke, the author of the book has reduced the price of the book for Christmas. It now costs €4 for Beoir members and €5 RRP for non members.

 

Please note that we do have to charge for shipping in Ireland at this price so if you can collect in person, that might be better.

 

It’s that time of the year when the evenings get shorter and the days get colder. Which means it’s time for the winter seasonals/Christmas beers. There’s been a massive increase this year with nearly half the Irish microbreweries producing at least one seasonal, and in some cases, two and even three. The styles are almost all malt-forward as expected for the time of year, with a couple of surprises. Red IPAs, Spiced Ryes and of course, the Coffee Porter/Stouts are all well represented. So, get tracking…

  • 5 Lamps: Glendalough Barrel Aged Red, Porter and Dark IPA.

  • 9 White Deer: Cask specials only- Black Lightning and Lon Dubh.

  • Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne: Festive Imperial Black Ale and Winter Ale.

  • Black Donkey: Dark Biere de Garde.

  • Blacks of Kinsale: “Worlds End” Imperial Chocolate Vanilla Stout.

  • Bo Bristle: TBA.

  • Boundary Brewing: Chili Porter and Coconut Lemon Berlinerweisse.

  • Brehon: Shanco Duhb relaunch.

  • Brú: “Darkside” Saison and 400 Day Barrel Aged Stout (in bottles).

  • Carlow: “Winter Star” Spiced Rye Ale

  • Carrig: Barrel Aged Black IPA and Red IPA.

  • Donegal: Expresso Stout.

  • Dungarvan: Coffee and Oatmeal Stout

  • Eight Degrees: “Snow Eater” Red IPA, “Signal” Belgium Stout and “Mór” Barleywine.

  • Elbow Lane: Vienna Lager.

  • Farmageddon: Winter IPA.

  • Galway Bay: "Space Suit" Dark Saison and "Diving Bell" Salted Caramel Wee Heavy.

  • Hooker: 3 beers TBA.

  • Independent: Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine    and Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine.

  • Inishmacsaint: Collaboration with Pokertree- TBA.

  • Jack Cody's: “Curly Hole” Samhain Ale.

  • JW Sweetman: TBA.

  • Killarney Brewing: TBA.

  • Kinnegar: “Maddyroe” Red IPA and “Long Tongue” Winter Ale.

  • Manor Brewing: TBA.

  • Mescan: “Beoir Na Nollaig” Red Tripel.

  • Metalman: "Orange Is The New Black" Orange Dark Ale.

  • Mountain Man: Cask Specials.

  • Mourne Mountain: TBA.

  • Northbound Brewery: Smoked Wheat Ale.

  • O Brother: Coffee Porter.

  • Otter Bank: Dark Sour.

  • Pokertree: Collaboration With Inisgmacsaint- TBA.

  • Porterhouse: TBA.

  • Radik Ale: TBA.

  • Rascal: Double Red IPA.

  • Simon Lamberts and Sons: Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Barleywine and Chardonnay Barrel Aged Belgium Brown.

  • St Mel's Brewing Company: Raisin and Oatmeal Stout.

  • Stone Barrel: Coffee and Oatmeal Stout and Oatmeal Amber.

  • Third Circle: Rye Stout.

  • Torc Brewing: Smoked German Ale.

  • Trouble Brewing: “Dash Away” Cherry Stout

  • White Gypsy: Yule Ol.

  • White Hag: Christmas Ale.

  • Wicklow Wolf: “A Beer Called Rwanda” Coffee Brown Ale.

  • Wild Bat: TBA.

  • Wood Key Brewery: Spiced Rye and Black Treacle Ale.

For a small (but growing) consumer organisation made up of unpaid volunteers, we can count some very talented people among our ranks. A number of well-known writers & journalists, web/app developers, IT people, artists, photographers and now an independent film maker.

Beoir member Sean Monaghan (tallstorymedia) is an independent film maker as well as author and photographer. He writes A Taste of Ireland, a site about food and beer. Among the films that Sean has produced, one stands out as our sort of thing. It’s called Beoir: A Tale of Irish Craft Ale.

The 23 minute documentary is beautifully shot and showcases the beauty of Ireland’s landscape and also the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of some of our independent breweries. The Donegal brewing company, Innishmacsaint brewing company, Mescan brewing company, Kinnegar brewing company and Poker Tree brewing company all feature in here.

The film has been selected as part of the Dublin International short film and music festival for 2014. The festival will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of October 2014.

I would encourage all members to take a look and spread the word about the film. If you are attending the Irish Craft beer & Cider Festival this weekend, the opening 3 minutes are on the looping video I put together to give some information about Beoir, NHC and the Dublin Ladies Craft Beer Society. 

Please enjoy the film and make sure to have sound as the soundtrack is excellent and you need to hear the stories being told by the brewers. It can be discussed further here.

 

 

By Reuben Gray

Currently there are 40 independent Irish craft brewery's across the island that brew vegan/vegetarian friendly beer. With a massive range of beers and styles there is certainly something for everyone.

This list will be added to over the coming days.

1. St.Mel's Brewing Company
2. DungarvanBrewing Company 
3. Western Herd
4. Simon Lambert & Sons 
5. RyeRiver (McGargles, Grafters, Solas, Crafty) 
6. Brother Brewing
7. Galway Bay Brewery*
8. O'Hara's
9. Wild Bat
10. Black Donkey
11. N17
12. Independent Brewing Company
13. Wood Key Brewing
14. 8 Degrees Brewing
15. kelly's Mountain Brew
16. Galway Hooker Brewery
17. 9 White Deer Brewery*
18. Mountain Man Brewing
19. Radikale ale
20. Drew Fox 
21. Mescan Brewery
22. Barrelhead Brewery 
23. JW Sweetman 
24. Boundary Brewing 
25. Otter Bank Brewing 
26. Blacks Brewery *
27. Pokertree 
28. Treaty City Brewing 
29. Rising Sons Brewery
30. Walled City Brewery
31. Metalman 
32. Ards Brewing 
33. West Mayo Brewery 
34. Four Provinces 
35. Elbow Lane 
36. Donegal Brewing Company 
37. White Gypsy 
38. Munster Brewery 
39. Torc Brewing.
40. Manor Brewing
*Exception GBB: Buried at Sea, contains lactose.

*Exception 9 white Deer: Cask ale

*Exception Blacks: Some old bottles

 

 

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