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
As sure as Mourinho was gonna be sacked by Manchester United 😛 the end of December means a Golden Pints post for the year.So, 2018, how was it for you? A year when Brexit headlined every news bulletin, local politicians still acted like childish clowns, everyone got what seemed like a million GDPR emails and…… Continue reading Golden Pints 2018
‘Tis better to give than to receive, apparently. Aye, well, whatever your thoughts on that, giving a gift to someone you’ve never met before requires some seriously uncomfortable social media creeping. I’d volunteered along with 43 others to take part in a UK/Ireland Twitter exchange called #BeerySecretSanta. Organised by Newcastle upon Tyne’s Myles Lambert, who’s part…… Continue reading #BeerySecretSanta
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