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Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Malt - How, What & Why

    There are four primary ingredients in beer, water, yeast, hops and grains (mostly malted barley). There may be a love affair with hops at the moment but without grain there is no beer. The sugars in grains provide the food for the yeast to convert to alcohol and carbon dioxide. The ‘grain bill’ or ‘malt bill’, the mix of grains used to make a beer, determines the colour of the...

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    Malt - How, What & Why
  • Game On (But not for much longer!)

     

    With the open season for wild game birds drawing to a close at the end of the month, I thought now would be a good time to take a last look at some wine pairings, before these delicious seasonal delights disappear from our tables until the Autumn.

    The received wisdom dictates that I should be recommending well-aged bottles of fine red Burgundy and Northern Rhône Syrah, and w...

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    Game On (But not for much longer!)
  • Hops for all

    Hops are one of the four basic ingredients in beer, the others being water, barley and yeast. Of course brewers are free to use a varied array of ingredients but these four are the backbone of brewing. Hops, however, are a relatively new ingredient in beer making.

    The oldest evidence of brewing goes back to approximately 9,000 years ago but it is not until the year 822 that w...

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    Hops for all
  • A Taxing Issue

     

    Here in Ireland we have some of the highest rates of alcohol excise duty in the EU, and while I’m sure my colleagues in the beer and spirits departments will have plenty of issue with the excise rates being 2.5 times the European average, it is wine that is the most disproportionally taxed.

    At €3.19 per bottle, we are out on our own at the top of the table and pay more...

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    A Taxing Issue
  • A glass for every beer

    As I looked in my cupboard recently I realised my collection of beer glass must have doubled in the last year alone with glasses of all shapes and sizes now fighting for space on the shelf. Do I have too many? Perhaps, but then each glass has unique characteristics that can alter the aroma and taste of a beer. The shape of the glass will alter the creation of the head on a beer and al...

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    A glass for every beer
  • Great Budget wines for January

     

    As we all tighten our belts and wait desperately for the first pay-cheque of the new year to hit the bank account, the need for budget wines is more pressing now than at any other time of the year.

    With this in mind, and to help to get you through to the end of the month, I have picked out below four great budget wines for January.

    In terms of quality/price ratio thes...

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    Great Budget wines for January
  • New Year, New Beer

    2016 was a really interesting year in the craft beer world with new breweries opening and new approaches to brewing. Craft beer drinkers now have more choices than ever before and with the new year beginning we are set for even more diversification and innovation in craft brewing. So then, time to jot down a few predictions for the year ahead.

    IPA continues to dominate the mark...

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    New Year, New Beer
  • Fireside Treats

    With all the festivities done and dusted for another year, I for one am looking forward to spending some quiet nights in by the fire with a warming glass of red over the next few weeks.

    If that sounds appealing to you too, read on as we have put together a stunning set of winter reds, all of which we are offering as part of a buy 1 bottle get 2nd bottle Half Price promotion (Mi...

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    Fireside Treats
  • The Best of a Vintage Year

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    O’Briens Wines - Best Multiple Wine Chain

    On January 1st every year the Irish drinks industry are waiting with bated breath to see the results of The Sunday Business Post’s Annual Gold Star Awards. The awards are meticulously presided over by Tomás Clancy, who is tireless in his efforts to judge and award the be...

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    The Best of a Vintage Year

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