YellowBelly and Wicklow Wolf teamed up recently to brew what the label terms a Black Forest Stout and a sucker as I am for that hugely trending style, one popped its way into my bag. The Wolf of Malt Street comes in at 6.2% ABV and smells massively malty on opening. Does this wolf have…… Continue reading Let’s Start with Cake
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
A round up of some new local beers hitting the Northern Ireland beer scene over the past few weeks. William and Mick from Bullhouse recently completed a promotional road trip of Ireland, holding meet the brewer talks and selling their beer on tap in Dublin, Cork, Galway (among others) and ending at Northern Lights bar in…… Continue reading Bulls, Badgers, Boars and Bunnies
County Armagh. The orchard county, apple country, Ulster’s home of cider. In beer terms, there was no craic in County Armagh. It was one of the very few counties that didn’t boast at least one brewery, until now. Based just outside Portadown, Ryan McCracken has been homebrewing since 2015 and moved into the choppy waters…… Continue reading What’s the McCracken Armagh?
A quick round up of some dark beers that hit the Northern Ireland market over the past few weeks. Beer Hut has become one of my favourite local breweries with cracking beers such as Fluffy Bunny marshmallow stout and Boombox double IPA. The Kilkeel outfit has moved into new premises this January, but one of…… Continue reading Dark Dealings