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!