5 snacks to get your #craftbeer with

Now listen here Irish bars. Our brethern in the U.S. understand how to make sure you’ve got snacks to hand at the bar without reaching into your wallet, so you could do well to follow. But in saying that, the choice of snack is important. And no, none of your dogshit el cheapo pretzels will do. Good beer deserves good snacks. So, here’s how HopAddiktion helps you level up your snack game to match your beer game.

Citraliciousness

I’m a self professed hophead. I lovecrushing hops in myhands to smell them. I love learning about them. And there’s a few specific varieties thatare absolutely my bag; Simcoe, Galaxy, Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria, Chinook, & of course, Citra. Up to this point, my favorite Citra beer has been Oakham Ales’ Citra Pale Ale. It was one of the very few pure Citra beers we have available in our market. Then, the Wexicans turned up. And they weren’t taking any prisoners, ready to turn the dial up to 11 a-lá Spinal Tap.

So-so Zoso Frodo

Last year I had a ‘red IPA’ that blew every other red IPA I’ve ever had out of the water like the mother of all torpedos; Stone Brewing’s Pataskala Red-X IPA, which solely used Bestmalz’s Red-X malt with some super duper citrusy hops on it, but the bittering of it was incredibly light, instead aiming for more of the mid-palette & aroma. It none the less gave me some rather neat ideas what to do with this malt. And it looks like the malt gave the Warg Riders of Wicklow Wolf some ideas with their new SMaSH (single malt and single hop) beer; Zoso.

Lager Lager, Shouting, Lager Lager!

There are several beer styles that just do not float my boat at all. And, honestly I think they’ve been ruined for me by from many years of mass produced, commercial, cynical conglomerate products. European lager is one I just had lost all love for, & even craft versions of european lagers have a hard time winning me over. I don’t think I’ll ever want to make lager my go-to beer style ever again, but some craft lagers have made me gain an appreciation for the style again.

WATCH – #CraftDrinksBill, Second Stage Debate

In case you missed it, today was the second stage debate of what’s been dubbed ‘#CraftDrinksBill’, which is an ammendment to our licensing laws to allow craft brewers, cider producers & distillers to sell their beers/ciders/spirits on-site for on and off-sales.

5 beers to build your first beer cellar with

Cellaring is still new to many people. And honestly, there’s no major mystery to it. It’s super easy to start too. In fact, it’s cheap AND easy to start. It doesn’t even require exotic beers. We’ve a great selection of cellarable (is that even a word) beers people can get to do this with. And this week’s late ‘5 things’ is going to show you five great beers you can pick up for less than thirty of your hard-earned merkels to get going with.

#HopAction – What’s your favourite type of at-home craft beer packaging?

It’s never been a better time to be a craft beer fan in Ireland. The choice right now is so awesome from our own breweries, to imported craft beers from around the globe. And with that huge choice of brands, the choice in beer packaging today is equally awesome. Cans (330ml/400ml/500ml), bottles (330ml/500ml/600ml bombers), & growlers. Granted we don’t yet have crowlers, but none the less it’s fantastic.

Yellowbelly invades BrewDog for Paddy’s Day

Irish cheekyfuckers, brettmeisters & craftbeer misfiterati from Wexford, Yellowbelly Brewing are hitting a BrewDog bar near you in the UK this coming St. Patrick’s Day. And, they are bringing their heavy hitters to party. Irish style.

24% of the top American craft beer brands are sold in Ireland

Today, the American Brewers Association has released its annual list of the top fifty craft brewers in the U.S. which is based on sales volume. While there’s no major surprises in the list, it makes for interesting reading as a consumer of craft beer in Ireland. And for Irish craft brewers, a reminder that as our market grows, there are importers here who are ‘selling us’ as a market destination for growth, which presents a fight for shelfspace to brands that have long established reputations, & can gain traction here from that alone.

I ate a big red candle. I mean, drank a really good Irish red ale.

Let’s get this out of the way up front. I do not like the very vast majority red ales I’ve tried. I don’t know why I keep trying them when I know they’ll let me down. Red ale is the single dullest beer style there has ever been bar none. To be clear — Red Ale is as dull as stale piss-filled dishwater. That’s just my humble opinion for what it’s worth (precisely nothing because opinions are worthless). So why did a 4% red ale get my attention & did I enjoy it?

5 historical things about canned beer you didn’t know

Canned craft beer is awesome. Portable. Delicious. Easy to store. Delicious. Recyclable. Delicious. And did I mention delicious? It’s that time of the week again where we take a look at five historical canned beer facts that has led to everyone’s favorite way to enjoy craft beer anywhere, at anytime.

#HopAction – What’s your craft beer spending like?

This week’s #HopAction looks at craft beer spending by people on a weekly basis. If I look at a rough idea of my spending over the last fiveyears, I’d say I am definitely being a heck of alot more picky when I buy craft beer, & my own spend has dropped as a result. While choice has never been so good in our market, there’s so much stuff that doesn’t ‘sell itself to me’ from the shelf. Odds are I’m possibly missing out on good beers, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take when time is precious.