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

You could pray  to Ninkasi, the ancient goddess of beer,  for guidance to what to drink at this weekend’s Irish Craft Beer Festival... or you could use our guide, below

There’s many fine offerings among the 200 beers and 40 breweries at the RDS this weekend – we pick five styles not to miss

Inside Urban Brewing, Vault C in the Chq Building, Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

O’Hara becomes a brewer/publican with launch of Urban Brewing docklands venue

McGargles Little Bangin’ Session IPA won in the World Beer Awards’ best styles category.

Beerista: has your favourite beer won any awards?

Beer works really well with food and has the added bonus of being a palette cleanser

While many places have impressive wine lists or cocktails and locally sourced produce, beer often seems like an afterthought

Aurosa beer, according to its website, depicts a woman’s strength and a girl’s tenderness

A Czech brewery has caused consternation with its new brew for women – but is it beer or bubble bath?

Southern Latitude by Fourpure, Peacher Man by Beavertown, and Body Riddle by Whiplash

These beers are packed with fruity flavour for easy summer drinking

I managed a seat at the bar in the Salt House in Galway

Galway’s Salt House bar is a good choice – with a great beer selection

From the Big Grill to Beatyard, there’s plenty of interesting festival offerings over the next month

Quality craft beer can make a great festival even better - here's a few to get to over the next month

At Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival you pay €20 entry, drink as much as you feel like, and pour for yourself

Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival takes an innovative approach to showcasing Irish beers

YellowBelly brewery have teamed up with electro band King Kong Company to make a collaboration lager with ‘Bucky’

The famous tonic wine has found its way into a lager, which is surprisingly drinkable

Unfiltered Lager comes in a strikingly straight-up plain white can

Sunlight can create off flavours in your pint when drinking outdoors

Carrig Brewing Co: the Drumshanbo business says it is the first brewery in Co Leitrim for more than 150 years

Beerista: Carrig Brewing Co has an accessible, easy-going range

Tasting line-up at Kinnegar in Donegal: the brewery are  hosting a  Big Day Out event as part of Indie Beer Week

Tastings, tours and special events are taking place across the country in a celebration of local breweries

The easiest solution to hangovers is just stick to a good beer or wine

Do the old sayings about mixing drinks really have an effect?

A summer state of mind: Hope Beer’s Summer Session IPA

Irishtown’s Dublin Blonde features a blonde woman pouting her lips while Hope paints the scene for an Irish summer

Clear, cloudy, session or fruity: the ever-popular IPA

From session ales to fruity or hazy ones, craft brewers are constantly finding new ways to change up and experiment with the ever-(...)

Glen Garioch oak whiskey barrels

From a hip brewery to a 200-year-old distillery, the port town has lots to explore

Big breweries are going to continue to muscle in on the micro scene.

Large companies are investing more in the craft beer market - but does it matter?

Crafty move: in some bars, the price of Irish craft beers seem to be hiked up just for the sake of it

In some pubs, craft beers seem exceptionally pricey. Who’s benefiting?

Two tasty beers – one from Ireland, the other from Spain – to drink while pondering how this wonderful beverage came to be

Hoegaarden was among the first imported alternatives to the mainstream offerings to hit Irish pubs in the early Noughties

Both of these beers claim to be the original Belgian witbier – so is there much difference?

Cloudy just for the sake of it? The New England IPA

Beerista: A new wave of craft beers are intentionally hazy – but is it just another fad?

Lambic is left to age and develop in big wooden barrels called foudres, then carefully blended and sampled. Photograph: iStock

Beerista: The Belgian sour style is a strange and wonderful drink

Easter treats: The World’s End Imperial Chocolate Vanilla Stout by Blacks; Export Stout No4 by Hope; and Buried at Sea by Galway Bay

Beerista: Put away the eggs and crack open one of these delicious Irish brews instead

Irish brewery Rascals’ Strawberry Vanilla Shake IPA has a smooth and milky body and pours quite hazy

Beerista: A round-up of the latest new Irish craft beer releases for spring

Don O’Leary of Cork microbrewery 9 White Deer. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Cork brewery 9 White Deer is shaking up the market with craft gluten-free beer offerings

London Pride: a traditional Best Bitter for either side of the Brexit divide

Beerista: Article 50 may not be good news for UK beers, so sample a few while the going’s good

Good for Mums: Yellow Belly has released its Citra Pale Ale in lovely bright cans.

A quick guide to selecting an unforgettable beer gift for your mother this Mother’s Day

On taproom evenings Boundary has up to 17 beers on, its core range and plenty of one-offs and small batch brews

Beerista: There’s a great range of beers at Boundary brewery evenings – just remember to wrap up

Wicklow Wolf’s Zoso is a single malt and single hop IPA with a lovely malty backbone, hints of tangerine, a decent bitter kick and pours as a lovely clear and fiery red

For some reason, taking home a branded glass isn’t really viewed as ‘stealing’ by most

Bergschloss: one of Berlin’s newest craft beer bars, located in a former lard factory on a quiet backstreet in Neukolln.

Germany is famous for its quality beers but can it adapt to changing tastes?

Make mine lager: liking something that doesn’t blast your palette to pieces or put you to sleep is cool again

Third and final in series on this style looks at how microbreweries are changing their tune when it comes to lagers

Strawberry Milkshake IPA or Thai infused Witbier? Plenty of options at the Alltech craft beer festival kicking off this weekend in Dublin

Ireland’s biggest gathering of brewers takes place in Dublin this weekend. Here's how to make the best of it

Pifko bar on Dublin’s Usher’s Quay: the pub’s  range of fresh, high-quality offerings will charm even the least enthusiastic lager drinkers – or certainly question their convictions

Pifko is the perfect bar to explore more interesting variations of the lager style

Lagers have a reputation for being rather flavourless, but international brands have slightly more flavour than their American cousins.

The first in this series looks at the traditional, mainstream versions of the style

Four for February: Pacific Secret from Rascals; Mac Nutty from Lough Gill; and Back Beat from Western Herd and Banished Sun by Galway Bay.

A few weekend beers from brewers Rascals, Western Herd, Lough Gill and Galway Bay

A cooked onion flavour in beer can occur as a result of using particular hops. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty/

Savoury flavours are present in some hoppy beers but are perceived differently from person to person

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