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craft cider

  • Sunshine & Cider

    Perfect cider weather one might say.

    While cider can certainly be enjoyed year-round there is something about warm weather and cold cider that just goes so well together. Perhaps it’s also because it matches so well with summer cuisine. Cider making has a lot in common with wine making, for both creating a great tasting drink is all about achieving balance between the fruit character, sweetness, acidity, tannin, and alcohol. It follows then that, as a general rule of thumb, if a food matches well with white wine it should pair well with cider, so think seafood, mildly spiced Asian or Indian and creamy cheeses. A perfect match for that crisp summer salad as well.

    So, with that here are just a few picks to try this weekend, ideally enjoyed chilled from the fridge, around 7°C, avoiding ice which dilutes the flavours of these great ciders and served in a stemmed glass.

    Cooney’s is the newest cider to hit our shelves from a family with a long history of cider making in Ireland. This light, crisp and fruity cider displays classic bittersweet cider apple notes alongside light tropical elements.

    Made from apples hand harvested on family owned orchards in the Boyne valley, and fermented with wild yeast Dan Kelly’s is a robust medium-dry cider with superb depth of flavour.

    For a dryer style of cider try out Stonewell Dry which leans towards the bittersweet varieties of Dabinett and Michelin. It is crisp and fresh with delicate fruit flavours drawn out through the use of naturally cultured champagne yeast.

    For those with a slightly sweeter tooth Scotts Summer is a medium bodied sweet tasting cider, with a scent of pear drops and floral aromas. However, this is a limited release and just around for the summer months so be sure to try it out before its gone.

    Finally rounding up with a cider from orchards situated on the gentle slope of the Blackwater valley comes Longueville House cider. This is crisp yet lively medium dry cider with the dryness coming through from the Dabinetts & the slight sweetness from acidity of Bramley / Katy & James grieve. It’s also currently on offer at 3 for €10.

    I hope you enjoy these great Irish ciders in the sunshine, between the inevitable showers!

  • Irish Craft Beer Sale Continues...

    You can now get 6 for the price of 5 on over 130 Irish craft beers and ciders. There is a lot to choose from but today I am going to pick out just a few. Hail Glorious Saint Patrick from Drogheda brewery Jack Cody’s is the perfect sipper for our national day. This limited edition extra stout is made with oatmeal, vanilla pods and fresh espresso beans producing a rich smooth body with the perfect balance of chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes.

    Staying on theme but for those who prefer a more hop dominated beer I would point you to the limited edition Double Irish from Eight Degrees brewing.  This double IPA is an amped up version of their excellent Full Irish IPA made with 100% Irish malted barley and packed with new world hop. Big, bold and super smooth with tropical fruit and bitter pine notes. As they put it themselves, “think the Full Irish, dialled up to 11”.

    To round out I would recommend the delicious Scotts Dry Irish Cider from brother and sister team, Jonathan and Louise Scott, based in county Cavan. This cider with its short-lived sparkle and smooth full flavour would be perfect to enjoy on a sunny Saint Patrick’s Day. Fingers crossed for some sunshine.

  • Irish Craft Beer Sale

    Our Irish Craft Beer Sale has started.  You can now buy 6 for the price of 5 (cheapest item free) on over 130 Irish made craft beers and ciders. Running until Easter Monday 28th of March.

    This is an exciting time to be a craft beer drinker with the quality and variety of craft beer being produced in Ireland getting better all the time. Over the next few weeks I will pick out some great Irish craft beers and ciders, highlighting some recent arrivals to our shelves. With so many to choose from it will be a hard task.

    This week I have decided to concentrate on the ever popular pale ales and IPAs. First up is the juicy and tropical Wicklow Wolf Elevation pale ale. This limited release came out in December last year but stocks are running out so definitely one to try if you haven’t already.

    Another seasonal that came out at the end of last year is the Snoweater form Eight degrees Brewing. This Red IPA has a big caramel malt impact cut through with spicy hops. It proved so popular that the guys in Eight Degrees had to brew a second batch in January.

    My last pick this week, but certainly not the least is the Wired IPA form our friends over at Trouble Brewing. This is an approachable IPA bursting with zesty, tropical fruit on a smooth oatmeal body. So fresh it hadn’t even got a label when I got to try it recently.

    With mix and match on over 130 great Irish craft beers and ciders there is a lot to choose from. Check out the sale here.

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