The pubs have been closed for the longest time in living memory. According to reports in the national media this has resulted in a spike in off sales. I’m not sure that this equates to people drinking more than they normally would though. Personally I’m in favour of little and often instead of a massive bender at the weekend. It means that you can relax and enjoy a drink and you (generally) don’t have a hangover.
You’ll be glad to hear that I’m still working as part of the Rye River crew, getting our beers on to shelves around the country. So, you know, grab a few when you’re out picking up your essential shopping!
But what if you are craving some beers that you can’t find locally, or you’re trying to limit your excursions? The good news is that you have loads of options, some from people who have been providing these services for a while, some from those who’ve quickly adapted to the current situation.
Craig Kearney went to the trouble of putting together a list of breweries selling directly to the public here so fair play to him. Any support for independent Irish breweries is a great thing and you can be sure that you’re keeping people in their jobs.
Some notes to finish on: when you order beer for yourself it’s not a ‘care package’, if someone sends it to you that’s fair enough. Maybe start calling them ‘self care packages’. I just had to get that off my chest. Secondly, this isn’t a sponsored post, (NEWSFLASH) I just know and am somewhat fond of the Irish craft beer thing. Lastly, man, I miss beer festivals. Sláinte!