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Large breweries ‘pay publicans not to stock smaller companies’ beer, cider’
Good on Alan Kelly TD for raising the issue -- it is clearly happening and is clearly anti-competitive market manipulation by the big brewers.
He said a pub in Cork he was in recently had 21 taps of which 19 were from one brewing company and that smaller breweries tried to get some of that business. Mr Kelly claimed similar practices were occurring in pubs across all counties and that the statutory body that deals with anti-competitive practices, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), had received a number of complaints but did not have the resources to deal with the issue.

However, Minister of State Pat Breen said “after a robust examination” the CCPC found it did not have grounds to suspect a breach of the law.

Mr Kelly said that “the dogs in the street know what is happening here” and that the Minister’s response was insulting to the industry. He said the CCPC would need large resources to investigate the issue and “large amounts of cash and resources are being used, and these practices are happening in large pubs in all cities and towns in Ireland”.
ireland  brewing  beer  pubs  ccpc  anti-competitive  business  alan-kelly  dail 
10 days ago by jm
Pubs reveal drinks firms' exclusive deals
'You could be offered €100,000 - it's big money': Pubs reveal drinks firms' exclusive deals; Heineken has already been accused of using its clout to squeeze out rivals.
heineken  beer  ireland  craft-beer  payola  scams  pubs 
february 2018 by jm
Solera - Wikipedia
Fascinating stuff -- from Felix Cohen's excellent twitter thread.
Solera is a process for aging liquids such as wine, beer, vinegar, and brandy, by fractional blending in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing as the process continues over many years. The purpose of this labor-intensive process is the maintenance of a reliable style and quality of the beverage over time. Solera means literally "on the ground" in Spanish, and it refers to the lower level of the set of barrels or other containers used in the process; the liquid (traditionally transferred from barrel to barrel, top to bottom, the oldest mixtures being in the barrel right "on the ground"), although the containers in today's process are not necessarily stacked physically in the way that this implies, but merely carefully labeled. Products which are often solera aged include Sherry, Madeira, Lillet, Port wine, Marsala, Mavrodafni, Muscat, and Muscadelle wines; Balsamic, Commandaria, some Vins doux naturels, and Sherry vinegars; Brandy de Jerez; beer; rums; and whiskies. Since the origin of this process is undoubtedly out of the Iberian peninsula, most of the traditional terminology was in Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan.
wine  aging  solera  sherry  muscat  vinegar  brandy  beer  rum  whiskey  whisky  brewing  spain 
october 2017 by jm
Heineken refreshed by ‘craft beer’ ruling
scumbags. Attempting to pass off their pissy beer under alternative names to con consumers into buying it!

'There will be no sanctions against Heineken for passing off non-craft beer as “locally produced”, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said.

The FSAI and HSE launched a joint investigation last month after it emerged that Heineken Ireland had sold some of its products, including Foster’s lager, under craft-type names such as Blasket Blonde and Beanntrai Bru. Two well-known stouts, Beamish and Murphy’s, were also sold under craft-type names by the international brewing giant. C&C, a Tipperary-based drinks company, was also investigated after it admitted selling its Clonmel 1650 lager under a different name, Pana Cork, in Cork.'
heineken  lager  beer  cons  ireland  consumer  fsai 
november 2016 by jm
The Bul
'This crisp, refreshing beer and ginger beer cocktail is a Cuban favorite, and it's super-simple to make.'
recipes  beer  ginger-beer  cuba  cocktails 
october 2016 by jm
Mendota
a variation on the mimosa, with an IPA and grapefruit juice -- sounds like Brewdog's Elvis Juice
beer  drinks  cocktails  ipa  grapefruit  recipes 
october 2016 by jm
Michelada
'a Mexican cerveza preparada made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers. It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America.'
beer  mexico  cocktails  drink  savoury  salt  lime 
october 2016 by jm
Showing bottle: one man's vision crafted a revolution
A eulogy for Oliver Hughes, founder of the Porterhouse and Dingle Distillery, and arguably the progenitor of Ireland's craft beer scene. I had the pleasure of sharing a table with him at a beer tasting in Sweeney's off license a while back, and it was both educational and a good fun night. RIP
oliver-hughes  porterhouse  beer  ireland  dublin  dingle-distillery  rip  deaths 
august 2016 by jm
DIY DOG
BrewDog releases their beer recipes for free. so cool!

'So here it is. The keys to our kingdom. Every single BrewDog recipe, ever. So copy them, tear them to pieces, bastardise them, adapt them, but most of all, enjoy them. They are well travelled but with plenty of miles still left on the clock. Just remember to share your brews, and share your results. Sharing is caring.'
brewing  homebrew  beer  brewdog  open-source  free  sharing 
february 2016 by jm
Beoir.org Community - Recent Attack on McGargles
bizarre conspiracy theory going around about McGargles microbrewery being owned by Molson in an "astroturf craft beer" operation -- they apparently were set up by a bunch of ex-Molson employees. Their beer is getting stickered in off-licenses. Mental!
beer  craft-beer  ireland  mcgargles  conspiracy-theories  bizarre  beoir 
august 2015 by jm
Metalwoman beer recipe
via the Dublin Ladies Beer Society ;)
metalman  metalwoman  recipes  beer  brewing  hops  dlbs 
may 2015 by jm
Pubs With A Fire
'Pubs & Bars With Raging Fires in Dublin'. This is important!
pubs  dublin  fires  fireplaces  beer  christmas 
december 2014 by jm
Beer Labelizer
'Design your own beer labels'
beer  labels  generator  flash  design  bottling 
november 2014 by jm
The Mottly Brew - Dublin's Only Home Brew Shop
right down the road from my house! how convenient
homebrewing  brewing  beer  hobbies  dublin 
october 2014 by jm
Holdings: Guinness's Brewery Dublin
'Guinness's Brewery Dublin. Malt House, malt on floor; sign' - One of the photos taken by my great-grandfather, Thomas H. Mason, around the turn of the century from the NLI collection
nli  ireland  photos  t-h-mason  history  dublin  guinness  maltings  beer 
may 2014 by jm
co-founder of the Boston Beer Company swears by active dry yeast as a hangover-avoidance remedy
what [Joe] Owades knew was that active dry yeast has an enzyme in it called alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH). Roughly put, ADH is able to break alcohol molecules down into their constituent parts of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Which is the same thing that happens when your body metabolizes alcohol in its liver. Owades realized if you also have that enzyme in your stomach when the alcohol first hits it, the ADH will begin breaking it down before it gets into your bloodstream and, thus, your brain.

Plausible!
beer  science  health  yeast  alcohol  adh  medicine  enzymes  stomach  food 
april 2014 by jm
Event Bars - Craft Beer
craft beer kegs for hire in Dublin, Sligo, Limerick and Galway. Needs more Metalman, of course ;)
beer  ireland  craft-beer  keg-hire  events  parties 
february 2013 by jm
Diageo Screw BrewDog
Giant booze multinational screws tiny Scottish microbrewery. "Diageo (the main sponsor) approached us at the start of the meal and said under no circumstances could the award be given to BrewDog. They said if this happened they would pull their sponsorship from all future BII events and their representatives would not present any of the awards on the evening. We were as gobsmacked as you by Diageo’s behaviour. We made the wrong decision under extreme pressure. We were blackmailed and bullied by Diageo. We should have stuck to our guns and gave the award to BrewDog."
brewdog  diageo  bii  awards  beer  brewing  dirty-tricks 
may 2012 by jm
L. MULLIGAN. GROCER.: Beer of the Week: Metalman Pale Ale
*excellent* Irish pale ale, brewed by ex-co-worker Grainne and her partner Tim, now on sale in my favourite pub. yay!
mulligans  beer  ipa  pale-ale  metalman  coworkers  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
The Beer with the Green Label : Sierra Nevada tries to reclaim its cred - CHOW
'Ask a craft brewer which other brewers he most admires, and he’s likely to mention Sierra Nevada. The Chico, California, brewery is considered to be sacred ground, and its beers expertly crafted. “When you die as a brewer, you go to Chico,” says Matthew Brynildson, brewmaster of Firestone Walker in Southern California.' paging Ben
sierra-nevada  beer  ipa  yum  via:torrez  from delicious
december 2009 by jm

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