Podcast Episode 23 – Dan Kelly’s Cider

Podcast Episode 23 – Dan Kelly’s Cider
In the latest episode of the Irish Beer Snob Podcast, our intrepid duo do a tasting of Dan Kelly’s Cider, and their new Limited Edition Whiskey Barrel Aged Cider.
Check their website for a list of stockists http://www.dankellyscider.com/ 
Also featuring the latest news from the Irish Craft Beer Scene.
You can download the podcast at the link here, and on iTunes, please be sure to like and review our podcast on iTunes.


Podcast Episode Sixteen – Alltech Festival Wrap Up and Boyne Valley Cider

The latest episode from the team at Irish Beer Snob, see’s the team review the recent Alltech Brew’s and Food Festival in Dublin’s Convention Centre. 

Pierce and Wayne also do a side by side tasting of Boyne Valley Cider’s regular cider and their whiskey barrel aged versions.

Massive congratulations to the teams at Rye River Brewing Company, and Orpen’s for their competition winning Beer & Cider, the full list is available here well done to all medalists!

What were your highlights? 

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Snobs Summer Series Highlights Part 1

On Saturday 18th of July saw us return to Smyths on the Square Navan. We showcased 4 breweries and 1 craft cider. It all kicked off at 4pm. Entry was €10 which included two tokens, BBQ and live entertainment.

In attendance we saw David Risso show casing beers by 8 Degrees

James Brown Brews with his award winning chocolate orange stout.

Olan with Dan Kellys Cider on draft.

Phil & Seamus from Brehon Brewhouse pouring Kilanny Red & Shanco Dubh on cask

Wayne was even lucky enough to tap the cask

Kentucky Ale with their fantastic bottle selection, bourbon and single malt

I was busy the day before baking up a storm. I did three batches of brownies using Kentucky Bourbon Barrel stout & James Browns orange chocolate stout. I even baked up his own batch as he missed out on them before.

It was a fantastic day, great atmosphere and the entertainment was fun. All I can say is I can’t wait for the next one. But who do we have I hear you ask, well ask no more:

Bru Brewery

Wicklow Wolf

Boyne Valley Cider

Mc Gargles

O Clerigh Brew Co

Once again entry is €10 including two tokens and BBQ. We can’t wait to see you all there on the 15th August from 4pm.

**photographs courtesy of Kieran Tuke **

Podcast Episode 11 – A catch up and a Roadtrip

So, after a few weeks hiatus, like buses, the Irish Beer Snob team hit you with a double hit – not only a blog post – but a podcast too!

This week we cover off on a lot of different things, like what we’ve been up to the last few weeks.

Our podcast fuel was the excellent Road Trip beer from McHugh’s Off Licence, brewed in collaboration with Kinnegar Brewing. Available exclusively via their website and shops. www.mchughs.ie hopefully they brew more as it was tasty! 

Among other things we rabbit on about a new bar in Dublin city centre, The Wiley Fox, what IrishBeerSnob has been up to, Registering for EBBC 15.

We also look forward to a number of other events, including our good friend Simon of Simon Says Beer who is hosting a craft beer festival in Don’s Bar in Moate, Co Westmeath in August. 

Carlow Brewing Company have been very busy, not only unleashing a number of Collabs, a new one with Pinta of Poland, but also a Hoppy Red IPA in Collaboration with Starr Hill Brewing of Virginia, USA. 

So come on, and have a listen! 

Direct Link is here
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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.

#ShowUsYourLocal – Smyth’s on the Square Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Firstly, what is #ShowUsYourLocal, it’s a campaign started by Jamie Oliver’s Drinktube, which is an extremely popular channel on Youtube. I’m delighted they’ve asked me to join in. So here’s a little video to give you an idea of what it’s all about.

Well, I’m not going to do a video, as I lack those skills, but I am going to tell you about my local, and what I love about it.

I’ve chosen Smyth’s on the Square, in Navan. Navan is my hometown, situated approximately 30 miles to the northwest of Dublin. Navan itself is a large enough town with a population of 30,000, and would be a commuter town as it is within striking distance of Dublin. The craft beer side of things has been slow to come, but Smyth’s has always been the exception to that.
Now Smyth’s is very much a local’s pub. A pub that is entrenched in the psyche of the town. Firstly its got a great hidden beer garden that’s a blast on a summers day, regular open mic nights, and games of pool and darts. They’ve been known to even host beer festivals during the summers.

The landlord / owner Arthur has taken over the helm from his dad, and is running this place in his own way. He is a huge supporter for our Local beer and cider makers making sure to stock their products, but he’s also hugely passionate about good beers too. He is also gracious enough to host my local homebrew clubs meetings. Something which sets him apart from every other publican in my hometown. 

Don’t let the narrow entrance to the side of the off licence put you off, you’re stepping into what I would describe as the archetypal genuine Irish pub experience. The landlord and the staff know your name, and they know your regular tipple. And any man who shares a bottle of Black Ops by Brooklyn Brewery with you after a successful beer festival is top notch in my book.

So if you ever find yourself in Navan, make sure to hit up Smyth’s on the Square, right next to Bank of Ireland and a huge bull statue on the towns old Market Square.

Tell us about your local, in the comments below, by twitter, facebook, or youtube. Make sure you use the hashtag #ShowUsYourLocal