Recent Brews: What We’ve Been Drinking

We haven’t dedicated a whole post to beer in a while. Emmet being off beer in the run up to the birth of his son doesn’t really lend itself to a deep, dynamic post about beer. But now that he’s back on the sauce, both of us are going to talk about a few brews we’ve been enjoying recently. Continue reading

Meeple In The Know: Beer Style Guide

I sit here sipping a golden pilsner, thinking back on last week’s post on beer, with a sinking feeling. Beer has a whole four ingredients that I had to explain, was it really that much hassle?

Not really. After I wrote about how beer would be made, I knew I couldn’t stop there. I have to tell you about some of the different beer styles. This is where it’s gets a bit overwhelming. Beer styles is a rabbit hole that can go on, and on, and on, and on. Not surprising considering it’s 10,000 year long history, but how do I squeeze enough information to help you make decisions, but not too much that it’s completely overwhelming? I have a 600 page book on my shelf dedicated to explaining all the styles and even that isn’t comprehensive. What follows is my attempt at just that; Paddy’s Beer Style Guide.

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What’s the difference?

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Meeple in the Know: Beer for Beginners

“You should write a blog post about the basics of beer”, said Emmet, shortly before I punched him in the face. I’ve been reading and learning about beer myself, and didn’t feel like I was in a position to teach it. I’d feel like a teacher who is trying to stay one lesson ahead of the student. But the more I thought on it, the more I realised he was probably right, a quick overview of some of the basics shouldn’t be beyond me. Hell, not knowing THAT much might even be an advantage, as I can write without going off on tangents or digging deep into the nuances. So here it is: Paddy’s Beer for Beginners. Continue reading

Beers of 2015 – Part 2

I’ve been a fan of craft beer for a while now, but it’s only in the last year that I’ve really tried to expand my knowledge. My beers of choice would usually have been anything German – nice hearty Weissbier like Erdinger, Paulaner, that kind of thing. I found myself moving away from them as they left me feeling very heavy and sluggish on a night out, and started to track down what I really liked. Turns out what I like is ale! Red, pale, black, brown, it doesn’t seem to matter – give me an ale and I’m a happy bunny. So my “Top Beers of 2015” is basically just my “Top Ales of 2015”. Whoops! Continue reading

Beers of 2015 – Part 1

Following on from last week’s post about our top games in 2015, this week we’re going to talk about our top beers in 2015. First, we’re going to hear Paddy’s list…

Like my previous post on games, this list isn’t going to be the top beers brewed in 2015, more about the top beers I drank in 2015. The craft beer market in Ireland has really exploded over the past few years, with the number of homegrown breweries sky-rocketing. In addition, it’s easier than ever to find foreign craft beer in your local off licence. I’m not very good at describing flavour, but I’ll do my best! Continue reading