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Reuben Gray (TaleOfAle)
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I'm a beer writer and blogger as well as Amateur beer brewer. Chairman of Beoir.org, Ireland's Beer consumer group, similar to CAMRA (UK). Professionally I am an IT engineer.
I'm a beer writer and blogger as well as Amateur beer brewer. Chairman of Beoir.org, Ireland's Beer consumer group, similar to CAMRA (UK). Professionally I am an IT engineer.

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Collaborations Worth Travelling For?
Travel Notes is a collaboration between Northern Monk in the UK and Fieldwork in the US. It was produced for / in collaboration with Lonely Planet. It's a 6.5% IPA with mango and acai berries. I found it very fruity and slightly tart at the same time. There...
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Pushing and Pulling the Boundary
Push and Pull is a range of hop experiments by Boundary Brewing . The same 5.5% base beer is brewed with different hops to see how they come out. Steve Lamond gave me two of the more recent bottles to try. The first used Mandarina Bavaria, Ekuanot, and Mosa...
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Limerick - An Emerging Beer City
There once was a city called Limerick,  Where craft beer was seen as a gimmick,  They broke all the rules,  and now they drink Gueuze,  Sure Limerick's just great for the booze. Reuben Gray - 2017 I'll never be a poet but I can spot a good place for a pint ...
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Urban Brewing - Dublin Style
Dublin's city centre finally has a new brewpub and it's a beauty. Urban Brewing is based in the CHQ building next to the beautiful Ely Winebar. It's a similar idea with a glass fronted bar at ground level with outdoor seating and then downstairs, a warren o...
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I Just Want a Little Bitterness in my Life - #TheSession 126
This month's Session is hosted by Gail Ann Williams over on the Beer by BART blog. She wants to know about NEIPAs , North East IPAs or New England if you prefer. Basically they are cloudy, juicy IPAs that are all about the late hopping and then a low floccu...
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The New Template for Irish Beer Festivals - #HAGSTRAVAGANZA
A line has been drawn in the sand. On the one side are all other beer festivals in Ireland with the traditional format. Pay in, get tokens, go to various stands and get beer, often served by the brewers or brewery owners themselves. On the other side of thi...
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New Zealand in Three Weeks
Apologies for the month long absence from the blog but I spent three of the last four weeks following the Lions tour around New Zealand. We just did the test matches and the rest of the time Pauline and I were visiting with friends, travelling, going to bre...
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If Only Beer was my Vocation in Life
Alas, it's IT that pays the bills but at least I get to enjoy beer without any drudgery.  I'm about to head to New Zealand so figured I would mention three random beers I had recently.  The first is Life and Death from Vocation Brewing in the UK. It's a 6.5...
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Hillstown Brewery
Hillstown Brewery is based on Glebe road in Northern Ireland in a place called Randalstown. It's a collaboration between homebrew shop Get ‘er Brewed and Hillstown Farm Shop. Apparently they originally started brewing to feed beer to their cows in order to ...
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12 Acres - The Core Range
I'm actually surprised that I haven't written about the core 12 Acres beers before. I did write about their Golden Harvest pale ale which they brew for Aldi. Anyway, beer writer, radio waffler and beer distributor Dean McGuinness passed these onto me to wri...
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