Gifts for the beverage lover in your life

Gifts for the beverage lover in your life

It’s a little bit late in the year for new years resolutions but i’ve got some great intentions to do some wonderful things with these pages here, and to kickstart this, i’m going to post a list of some suggestions for festive presents for people, but these don’t just have to be for Christmas, they could be a gift for any occasion.

2020 has been a strange year, due to Covid 19 our lives have changed, whether or not this is permanent will remain to be seen, but one green shoot of hope i’ve seen is there seems to be a very conscious effort to support local based businesses rather than large multinational conglomerates. There is no denying we will ultimately end up spending some money in these places, but if we choose to spend more locally it is simply money that stays in the local economy.

I’m a fan of twitter threads as being a good source of information, so people can reply with their suggestions, but the gifts below are some of the more stand out ideas i’ve seen.

Yellowbelly Beer Pack & Card Game

Ever the innovators, Wexford’s own Yellowbelly have designed a card game, in a gift pack with four of their beers, for the princely sum of €24.00. This would make a great stocking filler, and the game is a great way to kill the time. You can get them here, hurry though as this is a limited edition with only 100 packs available.

Beer Merch and Clothing

Many of the breweries have online stores now that sell their own merchandise, so start with seeking out your favourite brewery. However, there are a couple more bespoke and smaller folk like Irish Craft Tees and Craftgeek.co. On the brewery side, Kinnegar and Hope have some great merch available.

Trying something new

As a craft beer drinker, I’m always seeking out new things to try, so in the spirit of trying new things don’t limit yourself to Beer based presents this Christmas, there are some wonderful other great beverages being made here in Ireland. Here are just a few of the many on offer that I think would make a good gift.

I remember being at an event in the Irish Embassy in London a few years ago, and trying Kinsale Mead for the first time. They’ve got some lovely gift packs on their website plus vouchers for future guided online tastings. Check them out here

Fancy trying some ciders? Well you’d not go wrong with Legacy Cider’s gift packs, featuring a mulled Cider. Which is a treat and lovely alternative to mulled wine.

Gift packs, Beer Advent Calendars & Hampers

Nearly all the online stores now do a beer advent calendar, so you can choose from Craft Beers Delivered, The Beer Club, Martins Fairview and they’ll ship a box of beers to you to enjoy over December.

picture courtesy of Bru

Brewery wise, The White Hag and Rascals have both put together some great beer boxes for the festive gift. If you’re a hot sauce lover, make sure to check out Brennans beer and chilli sauce set. I couldn’t forget my local brewery, who have two great options available, Hoppy Christmas, and Jingle Bru – I can attest to the new pint glasses, they are brilliant! Speaking of glassware don’t forget Wicklow Legends O’Brother Brewing have a wonderful range of branded glasses on their webshop

Make no mistake there will be a lot of packs available too in your local independent off licence that sells good beer.

I know this isn’t an exhaustive list, but It should provide some inspiration for you, failing all of that, if you go into an off licence, the staff there will be more than happy to help you put together a bespoke personally selected gift.

Kildare Brewing Company

Kildare Brewing Company

In this latest episode we chat to Barry Flanagan, Owner of Kildare Brewing Company and Lock 13 Gasto pub in Sallins, Co Kildare and Rob Rainsford, Head Brewer of Kildare Brewing Company.

We chat about all things Kildare Brewing Company.

While chatting to the lads we drank a couple of cans of Lock Down IPA extended edition, which was brewed to raise funds for Naas Hospital during the Covid emergency.

You can find Kildare Brewing on Twitter, Instagram and their website here

You can listen to our latest episode of Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Spotify and here

Stephen Clinch – Trouble Brewing

Stephen Clinch – Trouble Brewing

In this latest podcast episode we have a good old chinwag with Stephen Clinch co – owner of Kildare’s Trouble Brewing who along with Dungarvan Brewing are part of the core of Irish Craft Brewing scene and also celebrated their 10th birthday this year.

While we were chatting with Stephen we enjoyed the following Trouble Brewing beers;

  • Ambush – Juicy Pale Ale
  • Vietnow – IPA (Collaboration with Cassidy’s / PMACs / Blackbird pub group)
  • Speakerbox – DIPA

Trouble brewing are distributed by Grand Cru beers, and available nationwide in all good beer retailers.

Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher Radio.

Direct MP3 download available here

Happy Birthday Dungarvan Brewing Company – 10 Years Old

Happy Birthday Dungarvan Brewing Company – 10 Years Old

In this latest podcast episode, we have the pleasure of having a chat to Cormac from Dungarvan Brewing Company who have just celebrated their 10th Birthday. We chat about the last ten years and basically had a bit of craic with Cormac.

While recording we drank;

  • Helvick Gold – Blonde Ale
  • Copper Coast – Red Ale
  • Comeragh Challenger – Bitter / Session Pale Ale

Which are both widely available nationwide via their distributors Four Corners.

Podcast episode available via Spotify, Stitcher Radio, and Apple Podcasts.

Direct link here

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Dead Centre Brewing – Strange Times & Silver Linings

Dead Centre Brewing – Strange Times & Silver Linings

In this latest episode, Janice & Wayne chat to Liam Tutty, owner of Dead Centre Brewing from Athlone in Co. Westmeath.

We chat to Liam about his first year in operation, and what some of the highlights were.

We also chat to him about his latest brain child, www.beercloud.ie which is a new online shop which sells beers from breweries all across Ireland.

We drank beers from Dead Centre while recording;

  • Teeny Tiny – Micro IPA
  • SuperJuice – A NE IPA with Chia Seeds, Raspberry, Orange, Blueberry, Mango & Pineapple

Podcast is available in Stitcher Radio, Apple Podcasts, and now Spotify.

Direct MP3 Download is available here

What’s the Craic?

What’s the Craic?

In this latest episode, Janice & Wayne have a good old chinwag with Brian Cahill of Craic Beer Community which is a new online resource in Ireland for both brewers, and drinkers.

We chat about his 5 desert island beers, and what his plans for Craic Beer Community are. Including some really exciting plans that will come in the future.

We drank the following beers while chatting to Brian;

  • White Hag – Róc Helles Lager
  • Kinnegar – Scraggy Bay
  • 8 Degrees – Black Ball Metric Stout (collaboration with Jameson)

You can connect with Brian on Twitter and Instagram

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, and direct download here