For most beery people in Northern Ireland, Huddersfield in West Yorkshire would only mean the home of the acclaimed Magic Rock brewery. Now there’s a second point about the town that you can throw into the conversation. Former brewer at Londonderry’s Walled City restaurant and brewery, Andrew Rough, is also from the English town and…… Continue reading Derry/Londonderry New Beer
Non alcoholic beer – what’s the point in that? If your idea and memory of 0% beer is a bottle of the awful Kaliber back in the day, or maybe you’d think, as I often do, “I’d rather just have a decent cuppa, thanks” then maybe this blog post is for you. I never drink…… Continue reading Does 0% Alcohol Mean 0% Taste?
There was recently a view among beer drinkers that sub-3% ABV beers (if you could find any) were low in taste. That changed when Ireland’s Whiplash brewery, despite brewing some of the country’s finest DIPAs over the past few years, released a 2.8% micro IPA called Northern Lights. That beer hit a new high among…… Continue reading Searching Low and Low
Pardon my new terminology for the Alcohol By Volume acronym but I could have titled this blog post ‘Ulster Volunteer Force’ and who knows what can of worms would have been opened then! This post is about volunteering. More specifically, volunteering at local beer festivals. Last autumn I had the pleasure of volunteering at three…… Continue reading A Beer Volunteer
We all know macro breweries are a bit scared of microbrewed local craft beer. That’s why they’ve all unleashed their ultra-glitzy craft advertising campaigns featuring happy looking people brewing in a large shed and running their hands endlessly through buckets of malted barley – all while the sun streams through an old single-glazed window. ‘Cos…… Continue reading You’re Being Duped