Blurred Lines – The illusion of choice.

To paraphrase my good mate Myles, and his blog name, Drinking got me thinking. I’ve been pondering the state of affairs in the Irish Beer Market. It seems like the butterfly effect, the ripples from the recent announcement by Beavertown that they have partnered with Heineken, has caused a wide range of reactions from boycott,…

A Template for Taprooms – Sentinel Brewery, Sheffield, UK.

Seems like this is as good a time as any, but given the Crafts Drinks Bill is heading to the 2nd stage in the Dáil this week, for me to take a look at, what makes a great tap room. I think I may have found it in the shape of Sentinel Brewing in Sheffield. I’ve written…

Mystic Snob – 2017

As the dust settles on 2016, i’m going to have a look back at some of the things that kinda irked me last year, I know this isn’t the usual for this blog, but some things just need to be said. In the second half, i’ll be looking at some things that I feel will…

Taprooms – The elephant in the room.

Or do they? On Weds 23rd November, out of nowhere, a little members bill from TD Alan Kelly winged it’s way into the Dáil (to the UK folks, think Houses of Commons, and US, The House of Representatives) Now, to give a bit of context, Ireland, as you may know has been going through a…

There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark.

Another week, another controversy. This weeks flare up is all about Heineken Ireland’s statement that some of their products have been sold as “Craft” beers by some unscrupulous publicans. The statement is here and confirmation that the Irish Consumer Watchdog is following events. I’m sure Heineken are quaking in their boots. First things first, in all these things, the…