Being fully aware of your consumption of plastics is the first step in trying to reduce it. Photograph: iStock

One Change: It’s only when you try to get things packaging-free that you realise our dependency

500 billion disposable coffee cups  end up in landfill sites globally every year

One Change: We bin 22,000 single-use coffee cups every hour in Ireland

Beerista: in three years of brewery visits I’ve sampled too many beers to count. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

Beerista: I’m bowing out, with a fond farewell to Ireland’s thriving independent brewers

Guns’n’Rosé: the hibiscus-and-prickly-pear ale the band object to pours with a tinge of pink

Beerista: Controversial ale arrives in Ireland, plus fruity beers from Wylam and To Øl

Planet Earth: in May, Ireland was the second country to declare a climate emergency

One Change: As Greta Thunberg says, all we have to do is to wake up and change

Double IPA: Galway Bay has made its 9-per-cent-alcohol Sans Juice with New Realm

Beerista: New England-style double IPAs from Dot Brew, Galway Bay and O Brother

Hazy and clear: White Hag’s Fleadh Red IPA, Porterhouse’s Yippy IPA, 12 Acres’ Far Side Hazy IPA and Garage’s Soup IPA

Beerista: Garage’s Soup, 12 Acres’ Far Side, Porterhouse’s Yippy and White Hag’s Fleadh

Another newbie from Rascals is its hazy Fruitropolis pale ale

Beerista: The new Super Soaker ice-pop IPA from Wicklow Wolf is a gimmick that works

Crooked Stave uses big oak barrels to ferment its Sour Rosé ale

Beerista: Sours can be a challenge to drink, but a good one is perfect for sunny weather

Sobering experience?: Greg Koch at Stone Brewing in Berlin in 2016. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

Beerista: Germans were unimpressed when Stone Brewing brought coals to Newcastle

Barbecue time: when you switch to food, change your beer to something with a bit more flavour – but only if you’re eating something with plenty of flavour too. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

Beerista: Eating outside? Start with a lager or session ale, then switch to a fuller flavour

Beet Juice: Hopfully’s saison pours a lovely bright pink and has a good frothy head

Beerista: Two Irish saisons to try for the weekend, from Hopfully and Kinnegar

Lambic brewing: large barrels, or foudres, at Timmermans in Belgium. Photograph: Dirk Van Esbroeck

Beerista: Ancient methods produce a unique beer at a group of Belgian breweries

Brewer Grainne Walsh of Metalman brewery in Waterford.

New study suggest that drinkers have lower expectations of taste and quality if they believe a beer was produced by a woman

Orval: the Trappist ale features the legend of Countess Matilda on its label. Photograph: James Cridland/CC

Beerista: An Orval festival raises tricky questions about beer and marketing

Mikkeller Hazy IIPA: the Danish double IPA, from the Oregon Fruit series, looks more like a can of orange juice

Beerista: Most beer lovers seem happy to pay extra for a quality product, but is Hazy IIPA, made by Danish brewery Mikkellar from (...)

Two beers to try: Eight Degrees’s latest release Yellow Ball, a soft-bodied and sweeter  IPA, and  Yellow Belly’s special edition Where’s Wallonia saison

Beerista: A new collaboration IPA from Eight Degrees, a saison from Yellow Belly and next weekend’s Beer Bazar at 57 the Headline

Rye River head brewer Bill Laukitis

Beerista: Kildare brewery celebrates its fifth birthday with a beer festival in April

Irish IPAs: White Hag’s Fionn double IPA; Outlier, by Larkin’s Bewing; and Dot Brew’s So Far So Good

Beerista: New tasty offerings from McGargles, Larkin’s, Dot Brew and White Hag

Spring beers to try:  a stout,  porter and   raspberry sour

Beerista: Boundary’s Export Stout, Priory’s porter and Boyne Brewhouse’s raspberry sour

John Allen of Wicklow Wolf: “I like the roll of the dice of the barrel.”

Beerista: A visit to the brewery’s new site in Newtownmountkennedy

Beer of the Year 2019: Yellow Belly’s Citra Pale Ale

Beerista: Grafters range by Rye River gets a revamp; plus Beoir names their top Irish beers

Brickyard Gastropub: Two Yards session IPA and Brickline pale lager, two of the Dundrum bar’s own beers

Beerista: Brickyard, in Dundrum, has 24 taps, with a focus on top-notch Irish brewers

Fuller’s was London’s oldest independent brewery until it was sold to Asahi for £250 million late last month

Beerista: The sale of Fuller’s to Asahi late last month took many by surprise

High Tor India Red Ale,   Buxton Brewery and American Amber Ale by Hope Beer

Beerista: An easygoing American Amber from Hope and Buxton’s India Red Ale

The “Flagship February” initiative aims to remind drinkers of the founding beers that sometimes seem a little lost in the vast mix of newbies and one-offs on the shelves these days. Photograph: Getty Images

Beerista: New initiative aims to encourage drinkers to sample the founding beers of the craft movement

Grand Parade, a new 4.3 per cent session IPA made by Wexford’s YellowBelly and Cork’s Rising Sons and Wolf Racer, made by Wicklow Wolf and  Scotland’s Fierce Beer

Beerista: Dot Brewing and 12 Acres have made a very tasty rye IPA, while Yellow Belly has teamed up with Rising Sons, and Wicklow (...)

January is a great month to try something a little different, like a barrel-aged ale or a fruity sour

Beerista: Initiative aims to support small breweries at one of the quietest months of the year

There will be plenty of weirdness in 2019, so don’t be surprised if beers start to start more like soups or salads

Beerista: Expect more IPAs, lighter beers and some wacky savoury flavours in the new year

Photo of a multi generation family having a celebratory toast over  Thanksgiving dining table, during dinner

Beerista: While there’s no hard and fast rules to pairing food and beer, here are some tips to make the most of the best meal of t(...)

Fine dining is not just about wine anymore. “It’s become acceptable now to have a beer with your dinner.” Photograph: iStock

While gastro pubs have raised the bar for quality food and beer, many restaurants have been slow to embrace changing tastes when i(...)

Blackrock Cellar will make up beer gifts from smaller three-bottle sets to larger hampers of 20 beers or more.

Beerista: From gift packs and hampers to beer festival tickets – there’s loads of options

Ballykilcavan’s Bin Bawn Pale Ale is a solid, well-made pale ale at 4.6 per cent with a crisp finish, a good malty backbone and a light body

Beerista: At Ballykilcavan all of the malt used in their beer is sourced from their own farm

Kinnegar’s award-winning  Black Bucket rye black IPA

Beerista: Kinnegar's award-winning black IPA and Beavertown’s take on the style

8 Degrees: Hopsfume Brett IPA

Beerista: 8 Degrees releases a Brett IPA inspired by a Kevin Barry novel; Trouble and Blacks have new Brut IPAs

Cloudwater’s DDH Pale Citra and DIPA Citra Ekuanot: refreshing but not cheap

Beerista: Cloudwater founder on what UK’s exit from EU means for craft breweries

Total turnover of Irish craft beer producers in 2017 amounted to €44.3 million. Photograph: Tom Honan

Independent sector faces more competition from imports, bigger breweries

Birgitta Hedin Curtin and Peter Curtin of the Burren Brewery in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare

Beerista: Peter Curtin, of the Roadside Tavern in Co Clare, on his hopless gruit beer

Moondust by Dead Centre Brewing and and Oatmeal Chocolate Milk Stout from The White Hag

Beerista: There are tasty new releases from the White Hag, O Brother and Dead Centre

Rascals’ new brewery and taproom in Inchicore, Dublin 8, which opens  to the public next week  

Beerista: Dublin brewery to open its new brewhouse and bar next week

The best kind of “food beer” will cut through all of those meat juices, and have enough body and flavour to work with or enhance all the other, rich elements of the meal. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Beerista: Belgian and brown ales perfectly match roast chicken and beef

Microbrews: Magic Rock Dancing Bear and And Union Neu Black

Beerista: Neu Black, from And Union, and Dancing Bear, from Magic Rock

Beerista: Sleeping Limes, from the Wild Beer Co, and Belly Dance, IPA, from YellowBelly and Big Belly

Beerista: Sleeping Limes from Wild Beer Co and Belly Dance IPA from YellowBelly

Handle with care: “Must remain cold at all times” is written on a can of beer made by New Jersey’s Magnify Brewery. Disregard that warning at your peril.

A new trend among American craft breweries is proving risky

Sierra Nevada’s Hazy Little Thing IPA and Galway Bay’s Clear Intentions. The ever-changing face of the IPA style has spurned a kind of pushback, itching for a return to the original IPA.

Beerista: Galway Bay’s Clear Intentions IPA pushes back against the ‘race for haze’

Irish breweries Kinnegar, Rascals, Hopfully, Brewtonic and others will be pouring at Brewtonic Beer Festival

Next weekend’s Brewtonic festival is all about the fun side of beer, and everyone is welcome

Brewdog “beer porn” Network: Launched by the Scottish brewery in an attempt to make beer overtake porn as the most popular online content.

A new TV venture has turned out to be a disaster for the Scottish brewery

The modular style of the Brlo brewpub in Berlin and its rows of grey benches and deck chairs, certainly makes for a change from the traditional German beer garden

Beerista: Made out of shipping containers, Brlo Brewhouse is no typical German pub

O’Hara’s introduced a reusable steel cup at a recent festival.

Beerista: How we consume beer is only part of the growing sustainability question

Rascals pina colada pale ale and White Hag dry-hopped lemon sour beer

Beerista: Cocktail pale ale from Rascals, and a lemon kettle sour from White Hag

Skinny Legs from Kinnegar.

New table beer from Kinnegar and a lemon smoothie pale ale from Whiplash

Melissa Cole:  “All the research shows that everybody prefers gender-neutral marketing – people don’t want to be marketed to as men or women.”

Fem-Ale event in Cork next weekend celebrates the role of women in the industry

Brothers Paddy, Barry and Brian O’Neill who set up O Brother brewery 3½ years ago

O Brother in Wicklow is the latest Irish microbrewery to add cans to their line-up of beers

The Hook lighthouse has a cafe in the visitor centre,  concentrating on foods prepared onsite and breads, cakes and scones baked in the in-house bakery.

Wexford is the perfect holiday spot for children, from Pirates Cove to Hook Head Lighthouse, and lovely beaches at nearly every tu(...)

Stiegl’s Grapefruit Radlers is made with 60 per cent fruit soda and 40 per cent lager

There’s a new grapefruit shandy in a can and Clare brewers Western Herd has a special whiskey stout release

Three to try: Larkins’ new lager,  Rascals Raspberry Sundae IPA and Whiplash’s  American wheat beer

Crushed beer cans are used in new art exhibition; plus three Irish summer beers for the weekend

For all the wonderful local and artisan delicacies you might get to try as part of your summer festival experience, the accompanying drink will likely be the beer-world equivalent of a Big Mac. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It’s a pity micro-brewed beers aren’t as widely available as locally sourced food is at festivals

Delirium Tremens is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special Belgian IPA.

Delirium Tremens celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special commemorative beer

Flutes of Black Rock stout being served at the Long Table dinner in Dungarvan Brewery to celebrate Indie Beer Week

This beer festival kicks off this weekend with tastings, tap-takeovers and open days around the country

“I’m a bit claustrophobic, so I was certainly out of my comfort zone.” Black Donkey brewer Richard Siberry

Black Donkey has made a special new beer from a wild yeast from a Roscommon cave

Among the beers on offer will be a new coconut and chocolate stout from the Wicklow Brewery

Two-day celebration of Wicklow microbreweries takes place on Father’s Day weekend

The addition of fruit juice or extract can accentuate flavours, bitterness and aromas in a beer

YellowBelly: Citra American Pale Ale 4.8%: easy summertime drinking with grapefruit and pine aroma and a clean finish

The best in Irish craft lagers and session ales for barbecues and summer parties

Simon Lambert & Sons brewpub on Wexford’s main street is well-stocked with YellowBelly beer.

Lambert & Sons brewpub in Wexford town is great spot for fresh local beer

The Brown Bear range at Aldi includes an IPA, gluten-free lager and IPL

Brown Bear beers include a gluten-free lager and a tasty India pale lager

Whiplash’s Northern Lights Micro IPA is remarkably tasty, with a big hit of lovely hop aroma and flavour, a solid bitterness – and it’s not watery as you might suspect for such low alcohol content

Beerista: Whiplash’s new Northern Lights is a very tasty 2.8% brew

Low-key branding: only the staff know which beer tap is which at Underdog, on Dame Street in Dublin

Beerista: At the Dublin bars Brickyard and Underdog the focus is on taste, not image

Citra is the darling hop of microbreweries, but it was Cascade that kicked off the craft revolution

Crafty: The great can comeback just keeps on going.

Beerista: One Dublin city centre off-licence has almost left bottles behind

Mark Twohig and Maurice Deasy, who also starred in the Smithwicks home brewers TV ad, using the money they earned  to reinvest in the brewery.

Beerista: Canvas is run by two sets of brewing brothers, who grow malt and hops on the family farm and brew unusual beers using a (...)

Good quality ready-salted crisps are a good bet for a crisp, clean pils or a light pale ale.

A bag of cheese and onion is great idea if you’re hungry but might not be so good if you want to taste what you’re drinking

The event features more than 70 beers from breweries all over Ireland.

O’Briens beer fair intends to showcase those tasty stories behind Irish microbreweries

Beerista: Ballast Point is the 13th-largest brewing company in the US – and its beers have just landed here

There are so many variations on the stout: from milkshake stouts and oatmeal ones, to rich barrel-aged or imperial ones and big hoppy stouts

Milkshake stout anyone? – Irish craft breweries have plenty of interesting takes on the black stuff

Wilcklow Wolf’s Quincey Fennelly, Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer and Wicklow Wolf brewer Pete Reynier.

Beerista: Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer has teamed up with Wicklow Wolf

Brewtonic's new low/no-alcohol drinks list includes ginger beers, elderflower, lemongrass and other interesting soda waters, low-alcohol wines and cocktails made with Seedlip herbal gin

Brewtonic's new low/no-alcohol menu is for those wanting lighter beverages on nights out

Ayinger beers have become a bit of a cult hit in the US

Four quality brews worth checking out this weekend

While some breweries have a different beer out every other week, Five Points has focused mainly on their core range. Photograph: www.marknewtonphotography.co.uk

Five Points brewery, based under a railway arch in Hackney, has just started stocking their range in Ireland

Trouble Brewing’s Last Crash Passion Fruit Lager has a light, delicate aroma with a little bit of passion fruit and graininess

Beerista: Appearance affects taste – so what happens if you don’t look? Two Irish beers are put to the test

MacNutty by the Lough Gill Brewery in Sligo is a good example of a balanced, easy-drinking brown ale

They have a bit of a bad reputation, but there's much to like about a quality brown ale

Harbour Bar, Bray

The Harbour Bar is a throwback, but not when it comes to its selection of Irish beer on tap

The Cask Ales and Strange Brews festival in Cork kicks off on January 25th

Real ale is a staple of British pubs - in Ireland it’s called cask beer and there’s an entire festival devoted to it

Kinnegar brewery founder Rick LeVert (middle) and his team at their brewhouse in Donegal. LeVert believes the misconception that craft beer is high in alcohol is a barrier to the industry

Beerista: Donegal brewery Kinnegar makes accessible beers and has big plans for 2018

In 2018 Wicklow Wolf will brew a brown bread stout, a gin beer, a kettle sour and some Brett ales

Beerista: For one Irish brewer, next year will be all about ‘having more fun’ with beer styles

Belgian brew: you can’t go wrong with Chimay, and many of its beers come in 750ml bottles

For something a bit special pick up a few 750ml beer bottles for offering around

In Lidl, the Crafty Brewing Company’s American Style Pale Wheat Ale is a real favourite

Get your beer fridge sorted for Christmas with some of the best discounter offerings

The Beer Club’s  beer hampers look particularly good and come in small (€49.99) or large (€79.99) and are stocked with six or 12 bottles or cans, some beer snacks, a glass and Kate O’Ds beer truffles.

A beer hamper, tickets to a beer festival or membership of the Beer Club – Christmas presents for beer lovers

Barry Walsh: co-founder of Find My Pint.

Wexford brothers have added two new features to their app which connects consumers to their favourite beers on tap

Most craft beers in Ireland are given a shelf life of about a year but really hoppy beers are best consumed within three months of their packaging. Photograph: iStock

Two Irish hoppy IPA beers for the weekend from Kilkenny and Howth

The cranky but lovable Netflix character has inspired a new double IPA

Ageing beer in barrels is labour- and time-intensive. File photograph: Getty Images

Many Irish brewers are barrel-ageing beer in whiskey and wine barrels for more complex layers of taste

The whole point of craft beer is experimentation. Photograph: iStock

The craft beer world’s obsession with IPAs rolls on – but is that a bad thing?

Westmeath brewery Dead Centre’s Marooned: a new 5.5 per cent IPA with an autumnal amber hue

Beerista: Two new tasty Irish beers – in cans – for the weekend

The summer of 2017 was – in case you missed it – the summer of socks and sandals

Lervig’s American pale ale has lots of lovely summery tropical fruit flavour

Fresh hops, an ingredient in the production of real ales, at a traditional brewery: the cost of these magical green plants was going up and they were becoming increasingly difficult to source

The global hop shortage that never was means that now there’s more than enough to go around

Choosing what beer to get in a keg will need a bit of thought

Go for easy-going pale ales and IPAs and stay away from anything too experimental if you’re having people over

Only beers brewed within the city limits of Munich are served at the festival, and all beers must be made in keeping with Germany’s strict reinheitsgebot or purity brewing law

Can’t make it to the Munich festival? Then grab yourself some German beers or head to an Irish Oktoberfest

“Mainstream” craft drinkers are put off by convoluted styles that all too often don’t work

 Stone Berlin’s World Bistro and Gardens, set on the site of an old gasworks, celebrates its first anniversary this month

A visit to Stone’s massive brewery and bar experiment in Berlin

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