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On Friday 27th March, Minister for State Ann Phelan officially opened Blackwater Distillery. Was the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end? No one thought to ask. We were having far too much fun. Although we […]

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Double Black

‘What this?’ Holds up bottle and reads label. ‘Double Black a vodka distilled from an IPA?’ ‘Yes. It’s a hopped vodka.’ ‘Stop right there – you took an IPA brewed by Black’s of Kinsale and then what? You distilled it?’ ‘That’s why […]

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In the beginning there was 01  – we looked and thought it was good, so on the seventh day we created… 02. If distilling an unhopped Oatmeal Stout from the Dungarvan Brewing Company was an original way to wet the […]

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Brú House

It’s a great time to be a beer drinker in Ireland. Craft brewers are putting the fun and the flavour back into beer, it’s something to celebrate and that’s from the nephew of the former Master Brewer at Budweiser. New […]

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It all started with this. I was in a bar, a pal ordered me a bottle of this excellent stout and as I sat down three things flashed through my mind. 1. My pal never buys me a drink, what’s […]

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  It’s a hard month is January; credit card bills, detox articles in the newspapers and a fresh round of those weekly encyclopedias that no one seems to buy. But January is also a good month to plan ahead, which is why […]

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