I keep getting asked where I pick up the beers I have at home so here you all go, you’re most welcome!
* O’Brien’s is my local supplier, there is almost certainly one near you if you live in Ireland. The lads and lady in Athlone are very helpful and always let me know when something new hits the shelves.
* McCambridge’s on Galway’s Shop Street has a pair of fridges at the back of their fine shop, those fridges contain many treasures.
* The Winehouse in Trim, Co Meath is known for wine, as the name suggests but they also have a tidy range of local and international beers.
* Deveney’s in Dundrum have been around a long time with great selection of beer and they know their stuff.
* Drinkstore.ie claim to have one of the biggest selections of beer in the country, and you wouldn’t know from the size of the shop. But they have a big store room!
* McHugh’s were the first people I ordered from online and it was a painless operation, excellent selection of beers!
* The Old Stand, Mullingar is a small off licence adjacent to the pub of the same name, good selection, friendly staff. One for spirits aficionados too.
*Bradley’s, Cork,very personable, unbelievable selection, artisan food and a hipflask service too!
*Egan’s, Portlaoise, friendly and helpful, nice selection of Irish and international beers
* Holland’s, Bray. I’ve visited this place a few times over the last year and a half, their Beer selection keeps getting better. The service is excellent, Jay, the manager is one knowledgeable gentleman. You can bring beer ( or wine) from the Off Licence through to the bar to have with your food, you can get your growler filled and the lads make a great 3fe coffee! This blog was from my first visit. *sadly closed*
*Carry Out Tyrellstown/The Beer Club.ie These guys have been supporting the Irish Craft Beer scene for the longest time. They always have a savage selection which includes the best European beers and a growler station! Also check out their online subscription service.
*Stephen St News/Craft Central – once a humble newsagents these guys now carry the best range of craft beer in the city centre. And they deliver nationwide.
*Yards and Crafts – Based in Dundrum’s Brickyard these lads provide a lovely personal service, a great selection and dependable packaging which ensures that your beers arrive in tact.
Blackrock Cellar is a real Aladdin’s cave stocking a massive array of wines, select artisan food and of course, smashing beers.
Dead Centre/Beer Cloud.ie is another product of the great pivot. Dead Centre is a brewery, pub and restaurant and Beer Cloud.ie is an online platform that sells Irish Craft Beer exclusively. Check out the special boxes which they offer.
*The Wine Centre, Kilkenny / Sullivan’s Tap Room – again, as the name suggests, this spot is a wine specialist but with beers from all around the world and a fine selection of spirits a visit is essential while in Kilkenny. They also have a tap room/restaurant and beer garden which is great for a summer evening.
Martin’s, Fairview is a compact gem on the North Side of Dublin. You’ll find rare specials here from time to time and their #Madvent calendar is the stuff of legend.
Carry Out, Tullamore – the best offie in Offaly? Definitely. A big effort is put in here to stock all of the latest beers as well as the classics. I should also mention the two Carry Outs in Athlone which are great at supporting local breweries. Oh and of course, Carry Out in Kenmare, should you find yourself in The Kingdom! Just because Louis is sound.
Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon is the first stop on any trip to Donegal. They’ve won numerous Noffla awards and there is a small brewery at the back.
57 The Headline is a great spot for food and beer on Clanbrassil Street who have changed tack to incorporate a shop selling all sorts of wonderful things, including beer and ‘special’ hot chocolate.
Foley’s, Sligo is a really small shop, but it is packed to the rafters with a huge array of spirits and I’m told it’s a great spot for picking up specials from local breweries Lough Gill and White Hag.
Mace SCR this corner shop has a surprisingly good range of craft beer that is always kept up to date. Finding a parking spot can be a challenge but it’s definitely worth a visit.
Northern Ireland – I’ve only been in Drinklink outside Newry and it has a very good craft beer selection. Gees, Derry, The Vineyard and DC Wines, Belfast all come highly recommended.
I may add to this list and suggestions are welcome! Sláinte!