A while back I had a bit of a pop at contract breweries not labelling where their beer was being brewed. What’s the big deal? Why not just say if your beer is being brewed at a different location?
It seems that train of thought continues with Dopey Dick in Derry/Londonderry.
They did apparently brew in the city when I visited in 2016 with draught offerings in a couple of bars but recently the quality of brews became considerably better as well as being available in bottles.
It seems there may be a reason for this. Core beers of lager, session IPA and red ale all have a similar ABV to another Northern Irish brewery.
Coincidence? I highly doubt it.
Dopey Dick Brewery was contacted but failed to confirm or deny that the beer was being brewed elsewhere.
That’s a shame. The beers are tasty and the branding is good so I don’t know why a few words on the brewing provenance can’t be written on the side of the label.
Maybe the big question isn’t “Why hide it?”, but “Does anyone really care?”