The Summer Series – Smyth’s on the Square Navan


This coming weekend, on Saturday 18th July – we are hosting the first of a summer trilogy of Beer Festivals in Smyth’s on the Square, Navan, Co Meath.

Those of you who were at our last event in Smyth’s in September 2014 know what to expect, but for those who haven’t here’s the gist of what to expect.

We are highlighting 4 Craft Breweries, and 1 Craft Cider Producer. We are delighted to be welcoming some new comers to our festival, and some returning producers. 

Who we have coming are 
  • Kentucky Ale (Kentucky USA) 
  • James Brown Brews (Ratoath, Co Meath)
  • 8 Degrees Brewing (Mitchelstown, Co Cork)
  • Brehon Brewhouse (Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan)
  • Dan Kelly’s Cider (Drogheda, Co Louth/Meath)
As if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, we will also be having BBQ food throughout the day, and live local musicians.

So come on down, to enjoy a nice relaxed atmosphere and enjoy some craft beer and cider. Get to chat to the producers directly and ask them any burning questions you may have had. 

Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for details of competition to win tickets to this event.

We will be back in Smyth’s on the 15th August, and 19th September, with a different line up of producers.

Podcast Episode 9 – ABV Fest & Sheridan’s Festival



In this latest episode of the Irish Beer Snob Podcast, we see Janice & Wayne hit up Belfast to sample the first of the ABV Fest events, which was in the beautiful Drawing Office’s in the Titanic Quarter. We talk about our beery highlights, and our thoughts on this festival, which was ran very differently to how they are usually run South of the Border. Also Matthew Dick, Co-Founder of Boundary Brewing and Organiser of the Festival gives us an interview.




We also take in one of the Irish Food Scene’s annual Highlights, the Sheridan’s Irish Food Festival that is held in their HQ in County Meath.

Corrections from the recorded episode

1: The Kinnegar Beer is Hilly Head, Belgian Style Red Ale
2: The O’Hara’s Beer is Hop Adventure – Not Hop Hunter.
3: The name of the ship in Dry Dock was SS Nomadic

You can download the episode directly here, don’t forget to subscribe in Itunes or Stitcher.

Beer & Food Pairing Night at Bru Brewery

When I saw this event advertised a few weeks ago I just knew I had to go. As part of the Boyne Valley Food Series, this night was a great opportunity for local food producers to showcase their products in a unique way. Many actually used the Brú beers in their treats for customers to try.

On the night itself it was a dreary wet evening, but that awful weather didn’t dampen the spirits of Paddy & Dáire, the owners of Brú Brewery. They were in flying form greeting everybody and pouring their delicious beers. On tap was their amazing Stout Dubh & their IPA Rí. Later in the evening, much to my delight, their red ale Rua was flowing beautifully. Neil from Boyne Valley Cider brought along bottles too.

As a very last minute decision, I baked up two different batches of chocolate brownies to take along with me. I had no intention of standing at a stall to hand them out to the unsuspecting crowd. But brewer Dave had other ideas. The first batch had to be the double chocolate porter brownies (thanks to the book Sláinte for the recipe) that I make for nearly every event I attend. I used Brú’s stout Dubh, mint & dark chocolate in this batch. For the second lot, again I used Dubh, a slightly different recipe. This batch didn’t have milk or eggs. But they were covered in chocolate frosting. Both of which seemed to go down quite well.

While I was busy at my wee table, Wayne was off sampling the wares of the producers. Straight away he hit up Copper & Spices for their simple yet tasty chicken curry with rice. I was lucky he brought me a bowl, this flew out real quick! I enjoyed it with a nice cold glass of Brú Rí while Wayne enjoyed the Dubh.

Newgrange gold, who are based in Slane, were there with their beautiful Irish seed oils. They actually used some of the hops used by Brú to create their oh so tasty Citra Hop Rapeseed oil & a once off mayonnaise. Another interesting oil was the smokey rapeseed oil. Both of which I’m delighted to admit were only gorgeous. Especially when I dipped some of the homemade brown bread using spent grains baked by lilyphils foods. I did notice bowls of salad, for the more health conscious of us, and people using the oils as dressing. For this I went with another glass of Rí.

Next up for me,was the highlight of my night. Sausages infused with Brú Rua and black pudding made with Dubh, from The Whole Hoggs. Also from Slane, they rear a breed of pig called the irish grazer and specialize in traditional pork products such as salami. But for the event the created these products that were spectacular. Cooked expertly on the BBQ by Pam, mother to Dáire. Pam was only too delighted to tell me my brownies were worth every Syn.

While nibbling away on our BBQ treats, I noticed a stand of marinades. These were cleverly put together by the man behind Inistioge food, based in Kilkenny. They make marinades & dry rubs using craft beers! Instantly had my attention. For the event they brought a beef marinade made with Brú Dubh. We were given a sample pack to bring home. But he had some to try and suggested putting it on top of the sausages & black pudding. Any excuse for seconds, i was off. It was gorgeous, really tasty and took it to a whole new level. Thought it would’ve been greedy to go for thirds. At this point I discovered Brú Rua was pouring. Perfect with the sausages we thought.

Last but not least was dessert. I was thrilled to see it was What’s For Pudding supplying it. They are only around the corner in Kilmessan. I met them for the first time at an event last year and fell in love with their sticky toffee pudding. So it was only fitting I ended my night with a sampling of this. They also make a chocolate pudding which is yummy with fresh cream, which they had on hand. But then out of the corner of my eye sat a sampling of their lemon blueberry pudding. Oh dear god, this was fabulous and is now my favourite. What’s for pudding is available locally so it’ll be easy to stock up!

Throughout the duration of the event there was a local singer entertaining us with some great tunes. For an entry of €15 in, it was great value for a great evening. Well done to all concerned and check out the Boyne Valley Food Series website, and twitter feed for info on their upcoming events.

Podcast Episode 8 – It’s all about the Graft!

In this episode of the Irish Beer Snob podcast, Janice and Wayne have a sup of the New Rye River Brewing Beers made exclusively for Dunne’s Stores. Grafters is the name of the range, featuring presently a Pale Ale, and an IPA.

These are total new beers brewed from the ground up, and not re badges of the existing beers in the Rye River Portfolio.



We also chat about our brew day from 11th April where the Royal County Brewers brought down a bunch of homebrewers who were keen to brew in a Commercial Brewery and have a bit of craic as well.

And lastly – we have an interview with Tobias of To Ol from Denmark who we had the pleasure of meeting in Dublin this past week at a meet a brewer event organised by Four Corners in P Macs bar in Dublin 2. Tobias kindly settles definitively the correct pronunciation of his Brewery and the story behind it!

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Podcast Episode 007 – Wrapped up in an Enigma

So here we are – second episode of 2015 – New Podcast Hosting – and hopefully more regular uploads from us.

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Tonights Episode we cover off 8 Degrees New Beer – Enigma – the first usage of a new Ozzy hop called Enigma oddly enough – its a super SMaSH beer by the boys.

We also cover off some news items too.

  1. Vanguard on Linked Finance – Help Support a growing local business, see the link here
  2. The upcoming ABV Fest in Belfast on 23rd May – tickets and info are here
  3. Sheridans Irish Food Festival in their HQ in Carnaross, Co Meath takes place on 24th of May – great day out – more info here
  4. The Beer O’Clock Show – 101 Not Out – Check out this great podcast of our friends Mark & Steve here
We’ve moved hosting to libsyn – so here’s the Direct Link 

Spreading the Message about Irish Craft Beer

Friends of mine have long joked about my passion for craft beer, and how proud I am of the blossoming Irish Craft Beer Scene. However one of my mate’s monikers for me, Beer Baron didn’t really stick. Until Now.

For those unfamiliar with the reference, I only need to refer you to that fateful episode of The Simpsons, where Springfield reintroduces Prohibition. Homer becomes The Beer Baron vs Rex Banner 


Those of you know who may know, Janice and I have been involved with The Beer O’Clock Show Podcast, who have been featuring Irish Craft Beer in Season 6. Along with Ian of 11pmsomewhere and Sarah of 5 Mins of Finney we have guest appeared on the show a number of times over the season. Be sure to check out their thoughts on the Irish Beer Scene. We also partnered with one of Ireland’s leading Bottle Shops, Drinkstore to help UK listeners obtain the beers in one convenient place. 

Anyway, it doesn’t stop there. Other UK based reviewers were beginning to get in touch to see if we could help them out. First up, the boys of The Craft Beer Channel got in touch as they wanted to do a video of Alternatives to Guinness for St Patrick’s Day. They asked me to pick some stouts for them and send them over. So i’d the tough choice of whittling down to Four Stouts, in the end we went with Bru Brewery Dubh, Brehon Brewhouse Shanco Dubh, O’Hara’s Leann Follain, and the almighty beast that is 200 Fathoms by Galway Bay Brewery. Thanks to all the brewers for making the beers, but I truly felt like the Beer Baron bringing the packed box to be shipped to England! You can check out the video below


Not long after, Rob from Hopzine.com got in touch to see would I like to take part in his monthly roundtable discussion on Youtube, entitled Hops, Malt, Yeast and Waffle where a panel of beery types hangout on Youtube, and chat while supping some beers. What could possibly go wrong? Well it was a couple of hours of good beery chat with people from all over the UK, and we’d a couple from Europe, with Nitch in Paris, and Peter in Denmark. All in all it was good fun, and am looking forward to doing it again. You can watch it below here too. 

That’s not all either, we’ve also been on Today FM Sunday Lunch Show – showing off some great Irish Beers to Aingeala Flannery – the link to the podcast is here on The Today Fm Website and the good folks over at Entertainment.ie interviewed me recently too – you can read it here
So it’s great to be helping to spread to a much wider audience the great things that are going on in Ireland at the moment. Sometimes we focus way to much on the negative, but look at all the good things that are happening at the moment. 

Janice and I are going to look to host something similar in the future – if you’d be interested get in touch with us and we will rock the place.


Also, my feeling like the Beer Baron continued this week, when I shipped bottles to Steve from Beer O’Clock Show – included in his batch this time, 2 Mega Fresh Of Foam and Fury, 2 Bottles of 200 Fathoms, and 2 Bottles of Eight Degrees new IPA Polar Vortex. He’s gonna love them. 

We will be on this week’s Beer O’Clock Show – reviewing Bru Brewery Rua. Huge congratulations to Steve and Mark who reached 100 Episodes, you’re both an inspiration to us and glad to call you friends!