Sunday, May 15, 2016

Podcast Episode 22 - Overkill & Mosaic IPA By Black's Brewery Kinsale

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 New Media Europe Awards

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

The direct link to the MP3 file is here

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New Media Europe Awards 2016

We've been tipping away at our podcast for the last year or so, so it's very humbling to be nominated for the World's Best Podcast of 2016 award in the New Media Europe which take place in London next month.

We work very hard to highlight the burgeoning Irish Craft Beer scene to an international audience in a fun and easy to digest manner. We've made some unbelievable friends in the podcast community at home and abroad. While beer podcasting is very much in it's infancy in Ireland, we are glad to see more podcasts coming on stream too.

Our good friends at Beer O'Clock Show have been nominated for Best UK Podcast, having got so close last year it'd be great to see them go one step further this year. They're also nominated in the Audience Appreciation Award. So if you're a fan, give them a vote too.

The first stage is a Facebook based vote, which closes on 29th May, the top ten go on to the next stage. Which is a twitter based poll. This feeds into the overall voting and jury decision.

Details of how you can vote are all listed on New Media's Website

So if you can spare some time to log into Facebook, we'd really appreciate your vote. Thank you for your time.



Wayne & Janice

Monday, May 2, 2016

Podcast Episode 21 - DOT Brewing Session Rye Ale

In this latest episode of the Irish Beer Snob podcast, the dynamic duo taste a Session Rye Ale, from new Dublin Brewery, DOT Brew. You can also find the guys on Twitter @DOT_Brew, Instagram @DOT_Brew, and Facebook.

We also catch up on the latest news from the Irish Craft Beer Scene.

Wayne has an interview with Alain from Radikale where they chat a little about Radikale and their crowdfunding which is underway at the moment. The link for their campaign is on Radikale's website, however if you don't want to just click through, the link is here

Also finishing off a round of crowdfunding are those scamps from O'Brother Brewing via Linked Finance you can find details here. Please note this loan finishes on Monday 9th May.

The link to the Mp3 of the show is here, as always you can download via Itunes, and please subscribe to our RSS. Http:// which will allow you to automatically receive our episodes on a non Apple product.

Don't forget to review and rate us on iTunes, and as always, any feedback is always welcome.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Always Sunny in Trim

Quite recently we celebrated our seven year wedding anniversary, and decided to visit the town we got married in, Trim! My original idea was to dine in the Knightsbrook Hotel, the venue of said wedding, until I engaged in some twitter activity with a nearby restaurant called StockHouse Restaurant. So on a rare sunny Sunday off we hopped on the short bus journey. We started our day off with a couple of drinks in Trim Castle Hotel. We both enjoyed a stunning pint of Rua, a red ale from local brewery Bru. This is the only craft beer option on draft, but you'll also find bottles of their IPA Ri. 

The StockHouse Restaurant is right around the corner from the hotel so we really didn't have too far to walk. Upon arrival I was thrilled we had a reservation as it was quite busy. After a very welcoming and friendly greeting from Tom, one of the owners, we were shown to to our table and handed menus and cocktail recommendations. I noticed on the drinks menu they pride themselves on their range of Gin. On the beer side we were delighted so see they support local with stocking a range of bottled beer from Bru Brewery along with Boyne Valley Cider

To get us started I chose "Cloudy Sky" made from Haymans sloe gin with Fentimans Ginger Beer while Wayne chose "Ten of Hearts" Tanqueray N0.10, Aperol & Rhubarb bitters. We enjoyed these very much as we looked over the menus. There was so much choice we both decided to go with the Early Bird Menu.

My "Cloudy Sky" & Waynes "Ten of Hearts"
For starters no surprises in what Wayne picks, chicken wings. In his infamous words "I judge places on their chicken wings". I don't remember the last time he had something different. For me I chose the black pudding salad. We were both more than happy with our choices. Wayne actually uttered the words "best wings in Meath". They were a decent sized portion with a generous dollop of blue cheese and garlic dip on the side. My black pudding was tossed with saute potato, bacon bits, lettuce leaves with a perfectly poached egg perched on top. Personally for me I would've preferred it without the potato. It was a beautiful dish and I couldn't help myself stealing some of the blue cheese garlic dip to mix in.

Waynes Hot & Spicy Chicken WIngs

My Black Pudding Salad

For main course Wayne chose the striploin 8oz steak cooked medium and served with chunky chips and garlic butter on the side. While I decided on the confit duck leg served with herb stuffing, savoy cabbage, red onion and a spiced plum sauce. I chose garlic potato to accompany mine (good thing we're married and both like garlic). Wayne devoured the steak and really enjoyed it. My duck was so tasty it fell off the bone. Both were thoroughly enjoyable dishes. Of course we had to have a beer, Wayne chose Bru Ri as I had Bru Rua. The beers were well suited to the dishes (perhaps something to use as a recommendation on the menu).

Waynes Striploin Steak

My Confit Duck

Needless to say we were both stuffed. When offered the dessert menu we politely declined. We took our time to finish our beers before ordering two espressos. During the course of our meal I found the staff very friendly and attentive without being intruding. It's a very comfortable restaurant with a really lovely vibe. The walls of the restaurant are adorned with photos of the historic town and county. Before we were about to ask for the bill, Mick and Tom both presented us with a beautifully decorated surprise dessert, a mixed berry Eton Mess. So much for being stuffed, we devoured it. 

This was an extremely lovely visit to Stockhouse Restaurant and very good value for money with two courses on the early bird for €21.95 and the cocktail specials starting from €8.95. For €83.20 excluding tip it was well worth it. Thank you to Tom & Mick and all the staff for a wonderful experience we really enjoyed it and are already planning a return visit.

Our day didn't stop there, it would've been rude to be in Trim and not stop in to see Rodney in The Malthouse for a few beers. "We'll stay till the 16.50 bus" ha yeah right, why stop there when you're having fun. A few beers, laughs and a taxi home later that night saw the end to a fantastic day.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Podcast Episode 20 - #SnobsOnTour - UK Edition #Punks

In this latest episode of the Irish Beer Snob podcast, the dynamic duo recall their trip to the UK, where they visited Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London via Essex.

All the while they are supping down a Brooklyn Brewery special, Intensified Coffee Porter to celebrate their 20th Episode, and 7th Wedding Anniversary.

The gang cover our their exploits at the Brewdog Equity Punk AGM - where they met up with a number of twitter fans, and had a rip roaring good time.

Janice with @Sparkyrite, and Instagram god, @Blue__Zulu

Wayne & Janice with Paul & Sandra from Four Corners, and Bill from Victory Brewing

The details on the 2 current crowd funding operations going on at the moment in the Irish Beer Scene.
  1. Manor Brewing Company at Indiegogo
  2. Radikale at
BEFORE 11am Weds 20th April 2016 only
If you wish to invest in Brewdog Equity Punks IV - use referral code R237208

And a great group shot of us at the South Essex Bottle Share (

The SX Bottle Share Crew

And be sure to stick around for an interview with Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing. 

Don't forget to review our podcast on iTunes, and to subscribe to our RSS feed using your favourite Podcast App.

MP3 link to episode is here

Thanks for listening.

Huge thanks to Steve @BeerOClockShow - Pic by Michelle Daniels (@gingerdaniels13) 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Podcast Episode 19 - Brehon Brewhouse "Ulster Black" Oatmeal Stout

This latest episode features Monaghan's Brehon Brewhouse, and their latest beer, Ulster Black, an Oatmeal Stout. 

We've a cheeky look forward to their upcoming tap takeover.

In this episode we also catch up with the latest news and beery updates in the Irish Beer Scene.

We also talk about the upcoming event in 57 The Headline, on Thursday 28th April. Give them a follow on Twitter @Crafty_Darts

Direct episode link and RSS Feed and don't forget to subscribe in iTunes

CraftyDarts - An Evening with Peter Manley

Darts, the ultimate pub game. Far away from the bright lights and glamour of the huge events we see on Sky Sports every week. Fancy dress, Strobe Lights, pumping music. 

We're proud to be involved with where we aim to bring together good beer with good darts. 

Our first event is Thursday 28th April at one of our favourite pubs in Dublin, 57 The Headline on Clanbrassil Street. We have former world number one, Peter "One Dart" Manley joining us and this promises to be a great event.

Tickets are €30 which includes food and a 5 Lamps pint. There will also be a chance to play Peter Manley, and one lucky punter could win 100 euro by hitting a bull in one dart.