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Saisons & Farmhouse Ale

MONCRIEFF – MOVIES AND BOOZE – FARMHOUSE ALES (SAISONS) Craft has become a term that is used so much that it is in danger of becoming meaningless.  Recently, I saw a major fast-food outlet (think Golden Arches!) presenting in their ads that they were ‘hand-crafting’ their burgers, and I knew that the members of the […]

Beer Cocktails!

MONCRIEFF – MOVIES AND BOOZE BEER COCKTAILS Say the word ‘cocktail’ and people will immediately assume that you are talking about a spirit based drink – often involving fruit juices. Most people drink beers straight without mixing them with anything (the key exception being a shandy – beer and lemonade). A brewery in Belgium – […]


Hogan’s Killer Sharp – Innovative Cider Making

Introducing Hogan’s Killer Sharp! A couple of years ago we rubbed shoulders with Allen Hogan at a Dublin trade fair to introduce Ireland to Hogan’s superb Dry & Medium Ciders, Hogan’s Vintage Perry and of course their Oak Aged Apple brandy. While some of their branding may have changed since then, Allen’s commitment to proper cider making and tradition […]

Saturday AM – India Pales Ales

SATURDAY AM – INDIA PALE ALES Introduction – There are many different styles of craft beer.  Of all of these, the style of craft beer that people are most likely to recognise is India Pale Ale or IPA.  IPA’s are the beer of choice for ‘hopheads’ – craft beer drinkers who love the taste of […]


MONCRIEFF – MOVIES AND BOOZE RYE IPA Sometimes brewers exercise their creativity by using different ingredients.  While malted barley has been the grain of choice for brewers for centuries, it has also been the case that different grains have been used in brewing beer.  Today, we are tasting two beers brewed with Rye used in […]

Alcohol Strength in Beer!

MONCRIEFF – MOVIES AND BOOZE ALCOHOL STRENGTH IN BEER – By Dean McGuinness @beermessiah Some things make me grind my teeth, and to-day is a chance for a rant about one of them!! There is an unspoken agreement among many people who work in marketing in the beer industry that they don’t talk about alcohol […]