Northern Ireland

What’s the McCracken Armagh?

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?

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#BeerySecretSanta

‘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

Ireland · Licensing · Northern Ireland

Licensing Limbo

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