Beoir's Best Brewery 2023
The Beoir awards have been running annually for over a decade now. It is the only beer awards scheme in Ireland voted for by the drinkers ourselves and the integrity of the system is a vital part of how it works. Winners can know that their beer stood out on its own merits, purely for how good it tastes. Although Beoir in 2023 has over 300 members eligible to vote, we received an insufficient number of ballots to identify the usual trio of winners. As a result, Beer of the Year and the runners-up will not be awarded this year.
That's not to say that there was no useful information produced. Though no individual beers stood out, there were several breweries in contention for our best brewery prize, and indeed one outright winner. Beoir is happy to announce the new holder of the Oliver Hughes Award for best brewery:
Beer, Health and Wellbeing
- Prof. Claus-Christian Carbon
Editors' note: Prof. Claus-Christian Carbon is an academic at the University of Bamberg, Germany, with an interest in the social aspects of beer. He is also an executive member of the European Beer Consumers Union. This article is on the important but often missed distinction between health and wellbeing in how beer is discussed.
I am a psychologist by training, working in the field of sensation and perception as a Full Professor at the University of Bamberg in Bavaria, Germany. Sensation and perception are mostly investigated in the visual domain, but I sometimes include the senses of taste and smell, so beer is a perfect research arena to get insights into the whole experience of sensation and perception. Beer is typically consumed in groups, with good friends, family members, dear colleagues, or, your beloved partner. This type of gathering together is essential for social cohesion, good conversation and not to forget, wellbeing. Wellbeing is much more than just health, although health issues should never be ignored when talking about wellbeing. To start a productive discussion and campaign for wellbeing, we need to know the facts about health issues. This is why I also openly present the downsides of beer consumption, in order to honestly discuss and experience the positive sides of wellbeing.
Christmas Beers 2022
- Thomas Carroll
Our late friend Andrew Moore made a point of contacting Irish breweries each year for a list of their seasonal Christmas beers. The tradition has been continued in his absence. See below for a list of what Ireland's small and independent breweries are releasing for Christmas 2022.
Iceland joins EBCU
EBCU is very proud and happy to announce that the beer culture association Bjórmenningarfélag Íslands from Iceland now is part of the EBCU as a full member. The organisation applied for membership and became part of the EBCU family in the autumn delegate meeting in Dublin, Ireland on Friday 4th of November. EBCU now consists of 18 organisations in 16 different countries across Europe.