Entries by Premier

MONCRIEFF – MOVIES AND BOOZE – THE SUNSET OF BEER STYLES? / 17th Nov 2017 Recently, I read a very interesting blog post entitled “The Growing Irrelevance of Beer Styles”. Some would argue that this blog post should be filed with the various blog posts that would have been variously titles “Are There Now Too […]

Movies & Booze – American IPAs

MOVIES AND BOOZE / AMERICAN IPAs / 25th Aug 2017 Often on Movies and Booze we do unusual and rare beer styles. It can happen that we sometimes inadvertently side-step the most popular craft beer styles in our quest for something different. We are rectifying this today by selecting two beers from America (and probably […]


12 Acres Brewery – From their ground, to your glass!

Named after the “12 Acres field” where they’ve been growing malting barley for the brewing and distilling industry for generations, “12 Acres Brewing Company” are a micro-brewery located in County Laois, set up by brothers Patrick, Ian, Barry & Rory McDonald on their family farm in Clonmore, Killeshin.   This craft brewery are unique in […]


Mescan Brewery

“Belgian-style craft beer from the slopes of Croagh Patrick”. Mescan is the brainchild of two veterinarians, Cillian and Bart. Sharing an interest in beer, these two vets have taken that courageous step of acting on their day-dreams and launching their own micro-brewery in Westport, County Mayo. Using water from their own spring well, Mescan are […]

Beer Floats

SATURDAY AM – BEER FLOATS Introduction – Into the summer months, there is nothing like a beer to cool us down when the weather gets a little warmer – except maybe an ice-cream!  To-day, Beer Sommelier Dean McGuinness has brought in some fresh and fruity beers for us to taste – with a twist.  As […]

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 […]