O’Briens Wine Beer & Spirits
33 Spruce Avenue Stillorgan Industrial Park Co. Dublin Ireland Ireland
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  • New Brews & An Old Favourite

    August is an unusual month for craft beer releases as the weather becomes a little more unpredictable and we move away from summer styles but before we move into the darker Autumn/Winter styles. However, that does mean we get some great variety in seasonal releases. Here is a pick of some new arrivals to our shelves this month with some seasonal releases and a couple of new entries to our core range.

    Keeping it fresh and fruity this month is Grand Day, a new release from The Porterhouse Brewing Company. The first can release from these venerable brewers is a juicy and fruity pale ale, perfect for when the sun creeps through the clouds. Wicklow Wolf have a great summer thirst quencher of a different sort with their Summersalt Gose. This is light and refreshing with blackcurrant fruit alongside a slight sour and salty note.

    For those looking for a bigger punchier flavour profile then check out the new limited releases from Dot Brew and YellowBelly. Dot Brew’s Teeny Tiny is a chardonnay barrel aged session pale ale packing a lot of flavour in to such a small beer. Meanwhile YellowBelly nails the style category for what they refer to as ‘old skool American style IPA’ with G'Way IPA. Expect punchy flavours of sweet resin and tropical fruit.

    A new core addition to the O’Briens shelves this month is the excellent Weihenstephaner Dunkel. This is one of the top rated Dunkelweizen (dark wheat beer) in the world displaying classic flavours of creamy caramel malt alongside clove and banana. My final selection is the return of an old favourite in the form of Stone Barrel’s Sundown Amber Ale. The latest release of the Sundown has seen a slight recipe tweak to make it a little lighter and more sessionable while retaining the smooth body and zesty citrus hop notes.

    You can pick these up and many more new releases instore or online. These beers were also our picks for the August Craft Club Box.  If you would like to get new releases and the freshest seasonal brews delivered direct to your door along with a booklet to guide you through each beer, with tasting notes and background information, you can sign up for a 3 month or 6 month subscription here.



  • Last of the Winter Seasonals.

    The turkey is eaten, the tinsel is taken down and I hope you have rung in the New Year in style. Now it’s January and we all start again. It may be cold and wet but there are still some excellent winter seasonal beers available to lift your spirits. Here is a roundup of just some of the great seasonal beers and beer styles to try before they are all gone.

    Barley wine is a full bodied, rich, strong ale with dark fruit flavours and toffee chewiness and some earthy notes like the traditional style Dungarvan Gallows Hill. Another take on the style is the Mór Barley Wine from Eight Degrees which has been conditioning in tank since the end of the summer. With an increased hop count this is lively and fruity while retaining the chewy caramel and dried fruit profile. Due to its high alcohol content Barley wine is best enjoyed sipped from a snifter glass on its own or paired with some rich deserts.

    For me it wouldn’t be winter without some great Irish stouts to enjoy and I look forward each year to the release of O’Hara’s Oak Aged Leann Follain. This is the fifth edition of their Irish whiskey barrel aged stout and yet again it has not failed to impress. Form a stalwart of the Irish craft beer industry to one of the new breweries on the block, O Brother Brewing have gone from strength to strength this year and Joe their coffee infused Porter shows why. This delicious single small batch porter was brewed with speciality roasted coffee from a local micro-roastery in Wicklow called Coffee Mojo.

    Another Wicklow brewery using coffee this season is Wicklow Wolf with the playfully named, A Beer Called Rwanda. This time it is a coffee infused brown ale with has proved so popular they have brewed another batch.

    I’ll finish up with two great winter reds, the perfect thirst quenchers this time of year. Firstly this season’s version of O’Hara’s Winter Star is a rye ale with addition of cinnamon and orange zest providing a refreshing spicy flavour. Finally for the hop lovers out there is the Snow Eater Red IPA from Eight Degrees with smooth caramel malt character cut beautifully with spicy pine and tangerine hop flavours.

    So light the fire, sit back and enjoy some of the best seasonals Irish craft brewers have to offer. 

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