Category: Irish beer & cider


Eight Degrees Brewing: the path to a pint

It all began with a few pints in New Zealand. When the Husband and I lived in Christchurch there were about three brewpubs within 15 minutes walk of our house. We could stroll down to the Dux de Lux for their legendary nachos and a glass of Nor’wester or head over the river for pizza and a Golding Bitter at the Twisted Hop. It was a different way of drinking, away from the big, bland brands, most of it matched with very decent food. When I came back to Ireland I could no longer stomach my usual pint. Nor could the Husband and it wasn’t long before he started what was to become an extensive collection of brewing books. Soon after we moved to the cottage, he cut down work to a four-day week and started homebrewing. He was so happy with the results that, before long, we were doing brewery research in Berlin, he got the Aussie – a former housemate – juggling hydrometers and fermenters in Melbourne and had me writing articles on the renaissance of homebrewing. Most exciting of all, he soon had the Aussie convinced that microbrewing was the way to go. With a relocation to...

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Beer and food matching at Canterbury Brewery

One night a few weeks ago the Boyfriend and I accompanied our Scottish physiotherapist housemates to a celebration of International Physiotherapist Day. Now, going to celebrations of other people’s careers is not something that we would normally do but, as this was taking place at Christchurch’s Canterbury Brewery, we decided to make an exception – just this once, you understand.

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