What Bert Archer of the Toronto Globe and Mail has to say March 16 / 15, “Come for the Guinness stay for The West Kerry Porter”


“I tried a bottle of their rich, chocolate porter: It was to Guinness what Guinness is to Bud.”




Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne / West Kerry Brewery

IMG_0207Come for the Guinness, stay for the West Kerry Porter

Guinness belongs to the world now, and you don’t need to travel farther than your local to taste it. What you can’t experience at home is the Irish rebirth of the drink that moved Arthur Guinness in the first place. Take West Kerry Brewery, a two-room operation, along the side of a remote Kerry coast road, where Adrienne Heslin and Paul O’Loingsigh use well water that is fresh and limey and perfect for dark beers.

I tried a bottle of their rich, chocolate porter: It was to Guinness what Guinness is to Bud.

Instead of the James Joyce pub crawl …

Adrienne and Paul are not alone, so why not sample some of the more than 80 ales, lagers and porters that are part this beer renaissance? Irish craft-beer site Jar.ie suggests a possible alterna-crawl with its list of top craft-beer pubs, among which Dublin’s 57 The Headline and L. Mulligan Grocers – with its focus on artisanal food – and three outposts of the Porterhouse chain are especially good examples. Another bonus: The route will take you into parts of town the tourist rarely goes. If you’ve already done the Joyce route, don’t worry: There’s no crossover

Bitter Sable/Riasc Red

Well, Jay from the Weasel Boy Brewery in Ohio has been back on to me about the reception his version of our Riasc Red is going, by all accounts well, it is selling away in his pub and he is also soon  sending some off to Columbus where it will be received by a wider audience. We are both in agreement that future collaboration would be fun for all.


International Women’s Day

This day last year a collaboration brew took place in the Metal Man brewery in Waterford where Gráinne hosted the Brew of a 4% IPA called Unite. There really aren’t a lot of women involved in the craft brewing industry so it was a small affair.  Not that that mattered,
from where I stand no matter what we do as women we are always in the minority, in business,  the arts or politics for example. My feeling is to celebrate our differences, those differences between men and women, we are equal, in the sense that we are parallel, running along similar journeys. Inequality in the treatment of women is to be outlawed in all regards and should not be tolerated in anyway but creating quotas to boost the presence of women in various occupations I think embarks on a slippery slope of mediocrity? I am questioning here as perhaps I misunderstand what can be achieved by such quotas. Being true to ourselves and holding onto independent thought should take precedence over gender.