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Postby CTbeerguy » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:47 pm

As a father of three small kids and hence, have zero time to go to the pub, plus living in the boondocks of South Tipperary, means most of my quality drinking time is at home with one or two beers. That being said, I try my best to make those beers worthwhile and have developed a fairly accurate account of the off licenses close to home that carry decent beer. As most of us can attest to, Dublin has the lion’s share of quality premises, but I’m wondering outside of the M50, any smaller market gems out there? For example, Clonmel wouldn’t be what a beer aficionado would call “Mecca” but there are a few spots like Eldons and Daybreak in Clerihan that would carry decent enough stock. Any other hidden gems out there?
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Postby irish_goat » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:03 am

The Vineyard on the Ormeau Road, Belfast is one of my favourite offys. Dicey's in Ballyshannon used to be great, not been in it recently though so can't say if it's still got a great selection.
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Postby CTbeerguy » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:56 pm

Oh yeah, the Vineyard is unreal, haven’t been in there in ages but it’s stock might be the best on the island
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Postby Cooney2 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:46 am

Travel a bit of the country for work and was very pleased with the selection in Carrick on Shannon, think the two pubs were the Oarsman and the Barrel Store. May be well know by everyone else but was a nice surprise for myself and my colleagues. Other nice surprise was the selection of Kinnegar (bottles) available in Ostan Loch Altan in Gortahork.
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Postby andrew » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:43 pm

There's a services (Amber I think) just off the M8 at Fermoy that just to have a crackling range of craft. Unfortunately last time I was in there it was just the usual suspect. Usually indicative of the person who was doing the ordering has since quit and gone elsewhere.
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Postby CTbeerguy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:56 pm

Oh I know it, ya I think it’s an Amber. I stopped in there about 3 months ago and it was pretty average unfortunately.
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Postby Stephanos » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:07 pm

Obviously Wine Rack Stewartstown (disclosure I helped advise on their range when first setup and regularly get beers at cost from him)
Fairleys Coleraine
Lighthouse Wines in Whiteabbey

Obviously Cork has a decent range but not exactly hidden
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