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Golden Pints 2016
Well its been a while since I blogged, but I figure missing out on my golden pints nominations would be a step too far! Not going to separate out UK & Ireland this year, partly because now Ireland's reaching maturity I think the beers should stand on their ...

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Behind the Brews - Matthew Dick
I like a good bit of stainless porn as much as the next man and as an enjoyer of malty libations; stories of beer creation and tasting notes are always appealing: but as with zines the most enjoyable stories are about the people behind the front - what do t...

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Popping down to Cork
Last weekend saw the annual winter cask beer festival hosted by Franciscan Well in Cork. I travelled down to judge the beers for the inaugural Beoir Cask award with some fellow Beoirites. More on that later.

Cork is a fairly compact bi-rivered city, a loug...

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Golden Pints 2015
Best Cask One of my favourite places to drink this year has been the new Moor tap room. It was here I probably drank most of my cask offerings (not bad considering I'm not often in Bristol!) and it was here I had my favourite cask beer of the year. B-Moor i...

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Whats New? 2015 edition
2015 brought us another bumper crop of new breweries (see last years round up here) , though there are a few that have fallen by the wayside. We hit the major milestone of 100 brewers on the island, with a near doubling of outfits in NI; I've covered the ne...

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12 Beers of Xmas
After Andy posted his selection of twelve beers I decided it was about time to clear out my cellar a bit; so I'm joining in too. Hosted by the Beer O'Clock Show it seems like a good bit of social fun in the run up to Christmas. I picked 12 big beers that I'...

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Golden Pints: Ireland 2016
As per last year, I'd like to put together some nominations from the island of Ireland as this bog is all about highlighting the growing beer scene over here. I'm not going to look back at last years until after this post goes live; so it'll be just on my m...

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What's New?
A number of posts lined up for December (if I ever get them finished) including the now obligatory Golden Pints and summary of Irish beer for the year. There's also been a number of Christmas specials launched recently and plenty of events happening too so ...

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To Stewartstown from Manchester Picadilly
Shiny stainless FVs This weekend I've had the pleasure of drinking my favourite UK beer this year (so far) and one of the best I've ever had. It was a special edition Double IPA to mark 1 year of having a brewing premises (most people will know of which bre...

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Where's the Cheese & Beer Book You Were Writing?
Image kindly created by Simon @ CAMRGB Its a question I'm often asked and certainly valid, given the number of people I told I would be writing it! Its a difficult topic to write about because it touches on life outside of the beer bubble so take this post ...
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