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

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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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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! 

Big Boys Know How to Party – Night 1 European Beer Bloggers Conference

When it was announced that headline sponsors of the EBBC were going to be Molson Coors, Guinness & Smithwicks it caused some ripples among the blogging community. It’s important to highlight, that this wasn’t a Craft beer bloggers event, but a beer bloggers event. The simple truth is that without the support of the above mentioned companies it is very likely the event may not have gone ahead at all.

Now, the agenda for the evening was a walk from the Church over to St James’ Gate where we were going to get a tour of the facility, with food and beer in the Storehouse. My immediate thought was, we’re just going on an elongated version of the extremely popular tourist attraction, Storehouse tour. My fears were instantly banished when we arrived at the front gate on Thomas St. 

Here we we given hi viz vests, eye glasses, and shown to the square where Guinness Master Brewer Fergal Murray was waiting to show us around. We were in for something special. We were in the hub of St James’ Gate. Walking through the yards toward the tunnel we were told more of the history of St James Gate. Down through the tunnel toward something, that no one else has seen yet. Brewhouse 4, the brand spanking new kit that Diageo have put in place to replace the now defunct Waterford, Kilkenny and Dundalk breweries. Needless to say this was an impressive feat of engineering, the sheer scale of it was mind boggling. Particularly for one or two of the craft brewers who tagged along. 

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Once we’d finished in here, we were brought up to the familiar store house building and whisked up to the 6th floor for drinks and food reception. These guys know how to do hospitality, 1.3m visitors a year can’t be wrong. 

Here we were treated to the best of Irish produce, Oysters, Pork, Beef, farmhouse cheeses. Matched to Guinness’ beer. The Oysters with Extra Stout were delish. But the ribs were a knock out. The FES marinated burgers were good too (think that was Burger number 2 out of maybe 5 all weekend!) One of the surprises of the evening was that they’d brought over some Belgian Special Export – a rock solid beer at 8%. This just shows us what Guinness used to be, but this thing is a very distant relation to the current Guinness Draft. It’s Full of flavour. A subtle sweet roastiness. Why don’t you sell this here? Another surprise was the “Night Porter” a 5.5% chocolate porter brewed as part of an internal staff competition. This beer was really really good. And it would stand up very well against many craft stouts and porters. It’s a pity its only available in the Storehouse.

Also my favourite Matthew Curtis vine took place here – below for your viewing pleasure

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From here we were whisked away to a secret location, The Candle Bar in Kellys Hotel on Georges St. This was the Pilsner Urquell party! As a special treat from Vaclav Berka, the master brewer there, brought over the unfiltered unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell in Oak casks. This is a good beer anyway, but to get to taste it this way was a true privilege. Here’s a video of Vaclav tapping the keg. 



After being stuffed to the gills in the Storehouse, more food winged its way out, Pulled Pork, and Steak Sandwiches. They were delish. From here we moved on to the next bar in our group, but at this stage the day was beginning to catch up with us, and with an early start the next morning I got the bus home.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Guinness, Pilsner Urquell, and Molson Coors for their support and the level of hospitality was second to none. Whatever peoples opinions on the beers are, the guys and girls I met showed as much passion that i’ve seen from many brewers. I’m thankful it was Fergal leading us around and he answered any questions honestly and openly. This I fear wouldn’t have happened if we had someone from PR or marketing to look after us.