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The Five Stages of an Irish BBQ

The weather in Dublin has FINALLY taken a turn for the better, and there is nothing we love more here than having a few of our favourite craft beers outside in the sun. Of course, there is one thing that crosses every Irish person's mind the minute the sun comes out: BBQ! Most often, these days end the same, with clouds appearing out of nowhere and the wind picking up the moment you have the BBQ lit. Here are the Five Stages of an Irish BBQ :
Denial You wake up in the morning to see the sun shining in through your window. No WAY is it warm enough to have a BBQ... It couldn't possibly be, you think. All day you sit in work looking at the beautiful weather outside. It will have changed by the time you leave, sure doesn’t it always? Then when you leave work in the evening something amazing has happened, the sun is still out!
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Bitsize Guide to Beer Vol 3: It's a Family Thing...

In Volume 1 we briefly talked about the three beer families, linked by that most modest of all the beer ingredients, yeast! Today we'll delve a little deeper, talk about some styles that have branched out from the three families. Hopefully by the end of this lesson you will be able to distinguish a Pilsner from a Pale Ale, a Stout from a Saison and a Bock from a Brown Ale... 

So, let's recap.

Yeast is the magic ingredient in beer that converts the sugars from the malted barley into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Without it we would all be drinking flat, non-alcoholic hop-porridge run off and nobody wants that.

There are 3 main types of Yeast and this will dictate what kind of beer you end up with:

Lager Yeast, known as Saccharomyces Pastorianus (its ok, we can't really pronounce it either), ferments at cooler temperatures and drops to the bottom of the fermenting vessel. Fermentation is generally slower than ales and can take between 5 and 12 days to ferment. There are around 1…

Bitesize Guide to Beer Vol 2: How It's Made

Welcome back to the She Drinks Beer introduction to all things beer with Kat, your friendly travelling Beer Sommelier! You might have noticed the recent boom in craft and micro- brewed beers and been wondering what the heck it's all about. For the guy or gal who has been knocking back light beer for the best part of their pub years all these craft brew bars, with their hundreds of beers and their resident beer snobs, it can all be a little intimidating. I believe that beer is for everyone, and good beer can be appreciated by anyone, so this is why I'm putting together this crash course in beer, giving you a small titbit of knowledge to bring you up to speed so you can hold your head up high while ordering your Hefeweizen!

Last time, I touched on the basics of beer, some history and the main ingredients, so this edition I'll dive into the magical process that brings together water, grain, yeast and hops to produce one of the world's favourite drinks. 

Let's begin w…

Kat's Bitesize Guide to Beer

Beer is experiencing an unprecedented boom in popularity over the last decade, and craft beer, or micro-brewed in particular is experiencing something of a renaissance. Gone are the days when a trip to the pub meant a choice between five different lagers and a pint of Guinness, and I for one couldn't be happier at the amount of choice the consumer now has.

However, I understand it can all be a little intimidating if you have spent your formative years trying to figure out whether you prefer Budweiser or Carlsberg, Heineken or Stella, with the big, bold flavours of hops or sweet, caramelised malty goodness never crossing the threshold of your taste buds.

Fear not! Your trusty Beer Sommelier is here to help you take the first few steps on your journey into the wonderful world of beer, and I want to make it as easy and understandable as possible so each week we will be presenting some information in bitesize chunks, for you to digest over a cold one. This week I'll do a quick in…