Northern Ireland has three breweries listed as a co-operative – that is, a business owned by all of its members who can have a say in how it operates. Two of the three, Boundary and Lacada have a substantial membership after reaching out for public funding while the third, Farmageddon, is owned by a group…… Continue reading A Co-op Coup
I left my previous supermarket post talking about selected Northern Irish beer at Sainsbury’s and Asda and now it’s time to move on to another couple of big guns, Tesco and Lidl. I confess that Tesco was one of my go-to places when I started my liaisons with different beer. I make no apologies for…… Continue reading Supermarket Sweep 2
Sometimes the craft beer scene can be a daunting and scary place. For those of you recently entering the arena of CBWs (Craft Beer W–kers) spouting this and that about sours, DIPAs, barrel aged and saisons, you may find yourself simply saying “Wha…?” So let’s stop and think for a moment. If you are new…… Continue reading Supermarket Sweep
The second outing of the Irish Craft Beer Festival in Belfast took place recently in Custom House Square and what was instantly noticeable as you walked into the tent is there were fewer stalls than the 2016 event – is that concerning? I think so. Beer, cider, gin and whiskies were available and I’ll give a quick rundown…… Continue reading It’s a Belfast Custom
Northern Ireland now has 31 businesses registered as breweries (I’ll refrain from simply calling them all breweries – it’s complicated) and something that’s been on my mind for a while now is their beer quality – or lack of. In 2011 we had a mere five such businesses and it’s increased by over 500% in six years.…… Continue reading Belfast’s Fifth Quarter – who knew?