200 miles from home to hotel, in torrential rain on a motorbike, I was more than ready for a pint after parking up at our accommodation in Westport, County Mayo. For a small seaside town it has an impressive selection of Irish draught and bottled microbrewery beers in pubs as well as a superb offering…… Continue reading Go West
It’s always good picking up beers that are only available in a certain locality in which you don’t live, so when on a little expedition to the Banbridge and Newry area I was very pleased to pick some limited edition brews at The Drink Link and Fiveways Nisa in Newry. To start, Carlingford Brewery’s Barrel…… Continue reading Down at Carlingford Lough
Two of Ireland’s better microbreweries recently came together for a collaboration brew. County Sligo’s The White Hag and County Donegal’s Kinnegar teamed up to produce The Hare and The Hag, a 6.5% ABV ‘Irish Coffee Nitro Stout’. A nitro stout should have a creamy and smooth texture when poured upside down from the bottle – few…… Continue reading From Wonderful to Woeful to Wooden Cask
Something jingled my jangles recently. There I was, with Mrs W in The Cloth Ear bar in Belfast when I started to peruse its craft beer menu. After I’d stopped laughing hysterically at the pricing, I noticed a number of contract brews were on the list including Clearsky and McGrath’s. Clearsky has Fulcrum, Rowlock and Tidefall in its…… Continue reading Where’s Your Beer Really Brewed?
I recently took a weekend trip up to Derry/Londonderry/Legenderry/The Maiden City that place with far too many names and relished the opportunity to visit some of the city’s prominent beer establishments of an evening, as you do. The Guildhall Taphouse is, as you would expect, just around the corner from the Guildhall. An impressive building both…… Continue reading A North West Tom, Dick but no Harry