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Dec 20, 2016

So 2016 has been a tumultuous year, we've had terror attacks, Trump, Brexit, and the passing of some extremely talented people. But it's not been all bad! 

Here, we look back over these past 12 months with our beery hats on, looking back on the events and festivals we were at, continued catching up with our beery friends, and looking forward to what mysteries 2017 will bring.

Thank you to all our readers and listeners for following us this year, whether it's on our Social Media Platforms, or even if it's just reading our blog and listening to our podcast. What would you like to see from Team Irish Beer Snob in 2017. Get in touch.

Dec 20, 2016

Here we have the audio of our most recent #BeeryChats episode, we have on our panel Matthew Dick of who guides us through the history of the brewery and the scene in NI

Also on the panel were Colin, from Ireland Craft Beers, Martin of the Hopinions Podcast, and Cormac from Honest Brew.



Nov 27, 2016

In this episode, we have a taste of Carlsberg : Rebrew after attending a Dublin event back in August, we were given a couple of bottles to take home.

You can also read Pete McKerry's take on it all here

We also talk about this episodes #Hopical section about our favourite Tap Rooms. Some great places mentioned. 

We also catch up on our beery adventures over the last couple of weeks.


Nov 13, 2016

Yes a blatant rip off of a recent Brewdog post, but hey, I like it.

In this podcast episode we taste a new seasonal offering from Stone Berlin in the form of Xocoveza, a spiced mocha stout. Brought in by Fourcorners. We also dip into the Beer Snob cellar and bring out Buxton's Living End, a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. 

We look back over the last couple of weeks, and the Irish version of #BigBeeryNight16, and we have left the giving page open until Friday 18th November, and you can find it here

Nov 4, 2016

It's a happy coincidence that most folk in the Irish micro brewing industry are of the sound sort. Many are happy to chat away, and talk about their love of all things beer.

We're delighted to have been able to sit down with Alex Lawes, the Head Brewer of Rye River Brewing, brewers of The McGargles range. Not only has Alex overseen the stabilisation of the recipes of the McGargles beers, he's also delivered the coup de grace of Francis Big Bangin IPA, which has quite frankly, made a number of people eat their words.

He's also overseeing a range of brands for Dunne's Stores (Grafters) and Lidl (The Crafty Brewing Co) and these beers have been punching well above their weight, none so much as the Pale Wheat Ale which I wrote about here

In this interview we cover a wide range of subjects but most importantly, an exclusive reveal of the next Whiplash Beer. After Alex teased us all with this a couple of weeks ago.

We hope you enjoy the interview, and keep an eye out from Next Week when this new beer drops, we had it out of the tanks, and it was tasting sawwweeettt!

Thanks for listening

Oct 23, 2016

In this latest episode the Irish Beer Snob take on Lagunitas' Brewing Wilco Tango Foxtrot, imperial brown ale. 

In this episodes #hopical section we tackle that annual question regarding pumpkin beers;

Notes from the show;

1: Irish Whiskey Awards Winners

2: The potato beer - imagine peeling all those spuds 🙈

And don't forget - pick our next beer for us! 


Oct 13, 2016

We have uploaded the audio from our Youtube video of #BeeryChats which will allow you to listen to the hour or so that we recorded tasting two beers from 8 Degrees of Cork.

Our panel of Bob & Sarah Maxfield from Midlands Beer Blog Collective, Ruari O'Toole of Ruari O'Toole Blog, Steve Bentall of Hopinions joined us with Cam from 8 Degrees for a live tasting of IPA Citra, and The Full Irish.


Oct 9, 2016

In this latest podcast episode we taste two new beers to the Irish Market, that are being brought in by distributor Four Corners.

We are tasting from Beavertown's new Core Range IPA, Lupuloid, and also Brewdog's mango and chilli IPA, Neon Overlord.

We also look back on our weekend in Manchester, where we attended the fifth Independent Manchester Beer Convention, affectionately known as Indyman.

We have a post Indyman roundtable with Steve from Hopinions and young whipper snapper Paul  from Edinburgh where we review together our experience

Sep 18, 2016
A dull Sunday afternoon brought us on a mini adventure, we had arranged to visit Wicklow Brewery with their Head Brewer Jason Carroll in early September before the Irish Craft Beer Festival. It tied in nicely with the fact that my parents were staying in the attached River Valley Park in Redcross, Co Wicklow.

Sadly we were unable to stay due to work commitments, but we said we'd go down anyway. We threw the usual script out and Jason joined us as a guest to chat through his journey from home brewer to being head brewer at the award winning Wicklow Brewery

The brewery is situated in Mickey Finns pub, but once you get to the Beer Hall you can see that this is a really nice tap room, using reclaimed timber in vast quantities, you can only be impressed with the space, and the fact that you can see the brewery right there in front of you reassures you to the freshness of the beers on tap in the bar.

The food in the pub is also top notch, and very reasonably priced. A wide range of starters and Main courses. Of course the Beeramisu was in the dessert menu! 

We'd highly recommend visiting this brewery, and doing the tour, the staff and team are very friendly. They are rightly proud and passionate of the beers being produced on site and are a huge asset to the brewery, and bar. Tours can be arranged, just contact the brewery directly here


Sep 4, 2016

In this latest episode, the Irish Beer Snob team taste test, three beers from Boyne Brewhouse from Drogheda, County Louth (Meath) 

We taste their Three Core Beers;

  • Long Arm, a 4.8% Dortmunder Export
  • Pagan's Pillar, a 4.8% Copper Ale
  • Born in a Day, a 4.8% Australian Pale Ale

We also have a look back at our recent trip to Holland, and a look forward to this weeks upcoming Irish Craft Beer Festival and we asked you what you were looking forward to #Hopical

The information on the Bru Brewery event is here

Aug 25, 2016

In a special bonus podcast episode, while on a sneaky visit to Wexford, the Irish Beer Snob duo, met up with Enya & Danny of The Bottle Podcast to have a chinwag and basically beery banter.

Throw in Yellowbelly's Head Brewer Declan into the mix and it was an absolute hoot. While shooting the breeze, the table shared Cloudwater DIPA V6 & V7 thanks to Declan.

Have a listen, and let us know what you think.

Aug 21, 2016

This weeks episode, is all about Goin' out West.

Galway, is a city on the west coast of Ireland, that is world famous for a few things, it's Oyster Festival, it's Arts Festival, and of course the week of the Galway Races each July. Horses, Craic, and Gambling.

It's home also to the Galway Bay Brewery, who recently, like many Irish sports teams, athletes, and food producers, have been punching above their weight on an international stage over the years. So much so they took home Bronze for their Sweet Milk Stout, Buried at Sea at the recent World Beer Cup. Those who fancied a flutter before hand could have even got the inside line if they found this article in time! 

It seems that every year when the Galway Bay Brewery bus tour was on, Janice & I would always be away. So it was just our luck this year when we were able to go on this years trip.

So in this podcast, we're going to taste this award winning beer, and chat about the latest news in the Irish Beer Scene, and our most recent #Hopical topic.

The link to the World Beer Awards winners is here

Aug 7, 2016

In this latest episode, Wayne and Janice try 3 new beers from Northern Monk who are based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. 

Tune in to hear their thoughts on three beers, all in cans. Communion, a Pale Ale made in Collaboration with Swedish band Opeth, Heathen, an IPA, and 822 a Double IPA

There is also the latest news from around the Irish Beer scene, along with some medals being hauled at the Great Taste Awards. 

Please spare a second to vote for our friends, Bob & Sarah Maxfield from Birmingham who are part of the Midlands Beer Blog Collective who've been nominated under the "Best Blog" category you can vote here

Also vote for your favourite Irish Craft Beer Bar by following this link

We also chat about this episodes #Hopical Content - What's on your Beery Bucket list? 


Jul 24, 2016

So, your brewery is turning 2 years old, what do you do? Well, you throw a huge bash at the brewery apparently and invite everyone to come!

That's just what the team at White Hag, from Ballymote in Sligo did this past weekend. They threw open their doors to their fans, friends, and family.

In this episode we have tasting of Little Fawn, the Session IPA by White Hag, and we listen to Wayne reminisce about a wild day and night in Sligo.

Brewmaster, Joe Kearns also provides us with an interview.

Thanks for listening.

Jul 10, 2016

In this latest episode, our intrepid duo try some Supermarket Craft Beers, the Crafty Brewing Company, made by Rye River Brewing especially for Lidl Ireland.

They also tackle that thorny question on #Hopical - thank you all for your comments.

In the latest news about the upcoming events and beers that have been launched recently.

Tickets to the White Hag Brewery are available here

As always, please like and review the show in iTunes, Stitcher, and any comments and feedback are always welcome.

Jun 26, 2016

In this latest episode the team have a taste of mega fresh beers from Stone Brewing Berlin that have just launched in to the Irish Market.

They also catch up on the latest news from Ireland and beyond.

The video of Joseph Kearns (Head Brewer at White Hag) can be found here where he talks cans vs bottles from his perspective.

Please don't forget to rate and review on itunes, and all feedback / comments are welcome. You can get us on @IrishBeerSnob and @Mrsbeersnob on Twitter, and you can find us on Facebook too


Jun 12, 2016

In this latest episode from the Irish Beer Snob team our intrepid duo look back on the recent Killarney Beerfest which took place the weekend of 27th to 29th of May in beautiful sunny Killarney, in South West Ireland.

It also included the Beoir ( Champion Beer of Ireland Awards. A full list of the winners in each catergory can be found here

While reviewing the latest news and updates from the Irish Beer Scene, we also sample the aforementioned beers from Yellowbelly from Wexford, in the South East of Ireland. 

You can find more info on the brewery on their website here

We also had the opportunity to sit down and Interview, world renowned Beer Writer, Melissa Cole, who you can find out more ,on her website and on her social media; Twitter is @MelissaCole ; 

Thanks for listening.

May 30, 2016

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 

Also featuring the latest news from the Irish Craft Beer Scene.

May 15, 2016

With the blazing hot sun reigning down over Ireland this weekend, we got to sample two of the new beers from Blacks Brewery and their new Discovery IPA Series, we get to sample Mosaic IPA, and Overkill, an Imperial Black IPA.

We also look at the latest news including awards for Galway Bay, and little old us being nominated in the Please also give a vote to Beer O'Clock Show in Best UK Podcast, and Audience Appreciation

Please also spare a moment for Rye River Brewing and N17 who are currently hoping to pitch for Richard Branson on the VMBVoom Awards.

The link to N17 Pitch is here

The link to Rye River is here

Don't forget you can find our podcast on iTunes, or using the RSS in your favourite podcast app


May 2, 2016

The latest episode features a review of a new brewery's beer,DOT Brew's Session Rye Ale, along with the latest news from theIrish Beer Scene. Be sure to stick on til the end to hear theinterview with Alain from Radikale Brew 

Apr 17, 2016

In this latest episode, recorded on their 7th Wedding Anniversary no less, the Snobs gleefully recall their trip to the UK, where they visited, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and London (Via Essex)

Beer of the show is Brooklyn Brewery Intensified Coffee Porter

Apr 3, 2016

This latest episode sees the intrepid duo try the latest beer from Brehon Brewhouse - Ulster Black, an oatmeal stout.

They also discuss the latest updates and news from the Irish Beer Scene, and a look forward to the coming weeks.

Mar 16, 2016

In this latest Episode the team from Irish Beer Snob taste an exclusive limited edition beer from White Hag Brewery. 

Mar 10, 2016

This latest episode of the Irish Beer Snob Podcast features a Wylam / Yeastie Boys Collab that was gifted to them by Myles, there is also a round up of the latest goings on in the Irish Beer Scene.

Feb 14, 2016

In this latest episode of the IrishBeerSnob podcast we look back at the recent Alltech Brews & Food Festival in Dublin, along side a tasting of local Cider producers Boyne Valley Cider regular and special edition ciders.

The episode also features interviews with Dr Gearoid Cahill, and Conor Farrell of Alltech which gives a fascinating insight into their company. We also have a round table chat the morning after the night before over copious amounts of bacon.

Enjoy the episode and get in touch with your highlights!

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