Northern Ireland

Reasons to be Cheerful, 1-2-3

“What? Do something for nothing? Are ye mad?”That was one of the less than positive responses given when informing a beer festival attendee that I was not being paid for pouring him his required tipple thirty seconds earlier. Whether I choose to work or not is entirely my choice but the simple fact of the matter…… Continue reading Reasons to be Cheerful, 1-2-3

Northern Ireland

A One Year Old’s Party, Norn Iron Pub Style

What kind of first birthday party have you been to where there’s been over thirty beers from local breweries on offer? A damned good one, that’s for sure. That was the case last weekend with Galway Bay Brewery’s only Northern Irish pub, Northern Lights on the Ormeau Road in Belfast, reaching the one year milestone…… Continue reading A One Year Old’s Party, Norn Iron Pub Style

Belfast · Northern Ireland · Wales

Belfast Beer and Cider Festival 2017

The annual Belfast Beer and Cider festival rolled around again (as annual things tend to do) bringing with it an increased, and some may say better than usual, selection of beer for a few days in the superb setting of the Ulster Hall.  For the first time ever there were more beers available from the…… Continue reading Belfast Beer and Cider Festival 2017


Beavertown Extravaganza 2017

This month I visited my new favourite beer festival.  A week after the superb ABV in Belfast, it was the turn of London to do its inimitable thing. For various reasons, I don’t usually get the chance to attend beer festivals outside of Northern Ireland but when acclaimed London brewery Beavertown announced in January they were…… Continue reading Beavertown Extravaganza 2017