A terrible thing preceded a wonderful thing last weekend in Manchester. The terrible thing was Cloudwater brewery’s much anticipated first Friends & Family & Beer festival being wound up after less than one full day. Licensing issues were to blame and whatever the intricacies of rights and wrongs, the festival came to a shuddering halt…… Continue reading United in Manchester
Attention all beer drinkers in the UK, especially those living outside of Northern Ireland. How many brewery taprooms do you have nearby? One? Maybe two or three if you’re in a city? Unlike any other British brewery, Northern Irish breweries are gagged from having their own permanent taproom alongside the brewhouse. The archaic licensing law…… Continue reading Licensing Limbo
Early this week, Hospitality Ulster, the Northern Ireland organisation responsible for promoting our hospitality sector, tweeted about #BeerDayNI – something I’d either not heard about before or had heard of in previous years but had forgotten. So what is it? From what I can gather, it’s a hashtag running alongside the very popular social media…… Continue reading #BeerDayNI
My name is Roy and I’m a CAMRA member. There, I’ve said it. I’m a rarity in Northern Ireland. I’m a member of an organisation the Campaign for Real Ale, run by volunteers, that promotes cask beer and the local boozer. “Right, the local boozer I get, but what’s this cask beer stuff?” Ah, again…… Continue reading Evil Keg Filth: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Land
In 2011 Northern Ireland had four breweries and one contract. Fast forward six years to the present day and that number has increased over 500% to 31 businesses that produce beer. Some are breweries, some are contracted and some are brewpubs. Whatever they are, there’s a lot more than five. And something that’s been on…… Continue reading Room For Another?