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Citra Pale Ale Voted One of Best Beers in the World

2017 continues to be a landmark year for Wexford brewery, YellowBelly Beer. 

Beginning with the opening of their new 10,000 sq. ft. facility in January, this year has already seen the installation of a new 6000L brewhouse, once owned by craft beer legends BrewDog; the addition of a state-of-the-art Wild Goose canning line; a UK-wide tap takeover event on St Patricks Day; and the commencement of YellowBelly Beer exports to Northern Ireland, UK and Italy.

Now, the fruit of their labour is receiving international acclaim, with the inclusion of their ‘Citra Pale Ale’ in a new “bookazine” called ‘Craft Beer: 365 Best Beers in the World’. Written by UK Beer Experts Chris Hall, Matthew Curtis and Claire Bullen, it trawls the world of craft beer to bring its readers the very best, with one such beer belonging to some very happy brewers in Wexford. ‘Citra Pale Ale’ is one of YellowBelly Beer’s flagship range and is currently widely available across multiple bars and off-licences in Ireland & UK. 

However, there’s no rest for the wicked, and it’s business as normal at YellowBelly Beer HQ. Head Brewer Declan Nixon currently keeps to his schedule of releasing one new small batch beer per week and one new limited edition 330ml can per month, continuously evolving their product range and offering beer consumers something new. 

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YellowBelly Beer Signs With Libra Drinks (UK)

Howdy folks,

We’ve been busy.

As well as launching our latest limited edition 330ml can ‘Great for the Town’ Strawberry Sour, we’ve just signed a deal with Libra Drinks, to begin getting our beers to the fine people of the United Kingdom!

We are currently beginning to stock our beers in the following areas:

Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Leicester, Nottingham, Northhampton, Peterborough, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent, Walsall.

So expect to see our beers popping up very soon in cans and on draught in some of your favourite locations.

Here’s to another exciting new chapter for YellowBelly Beer.

 

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The Ultimate Festival Beer – Tonic Wine Infused ‘Commotion Lotion’


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King Kong Company & YellowBelly Beer
Present
‘COMMOTION LOTION’

King Kong Company (Best Live Act Award 2016 – Pure M Magazine) and YellowBelly Beer (Gold Medal Winners Alltech International Beer Cup 2017) have joined forces to launch a “Buckfast-infused” beer for festival season. It’s called Commotion Lotion, and everyone involved is deranged with excitement about it, but possibly a little reluctant to share this limited edition brew. One bulging eyed brewer had to be dragged out from under a tank, cradling a slab of cans, hissing “preciousssssss” as the things were being loaded into a delivery van.

Commotion Lotion is a beer built specifically for festivals, in a handy 330ml can, perfect for bringing to gigs, it’s refreshing, packed with fruit and very easy to drink! We’ve drawn on our experience to create the best possible brew and King Kong Company added a healthy dash of feckless abandon.

Commotion Lotion is available, in very limited supply, from all good stockists of craft beer from Thursday 22nd June, just in time for Body&Soul.

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King Kong Company have gained a reputation as the best festival band on the island. At Electric Picnic last summer there were as many heads outside the tent dancing in the rain as there were crammed in to it. Fergal D’Arcy from Today FM said it was the “Gig of The Picnic”, and Dan Hegarty of 2FM said “King Kong Company stole the Electric Picnic weekend”. This summer the band will beat their chest further afield, with some exciting gigs that include Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair and Amsterdam Dance Event, but you can catch them in their natural habit when they headline the Midnight Circus Stage at Body&Soul on Saturday 24th of June. Body&Soul is the spiritual home of King Kong Company, it’s the festival that gave them their start and it’s the festival where they’ve had some of their most memorable performances. Expect something special.

At last years Great Irish Beer Festival, YellowBelly and King Kong Company first crossed paths. Sparks flew. KKC have featured on the brewery playlist since, and cans of YellowBelly have been in the fridge at the bands HQ. The Beer Boys invited the KKC crew across the Wexican border to visit their Willy-Wonka-like facility, and as with all the best plans in the world, the notion of a tonic wine infused festival beer was born while a few other brews were being sampled (it would have been negligent not to conduct as much market research as possible).

Enjoy Commotion Lotion responsibly.

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Sheffield Wednesday. And Thursday, Friday and Saturday. [THE TELL ALL STORY]

Ah Sheffield, famous for steel, silver and naming their football teams after days of the week. It was also the home to 7 members of team YellowBelly for the Paddy’s Day weekend, amazingly the bosses had agreed to let us all attend. A decision they would most definitely regret.

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Back in January we closed a deal that meant YellowBelly was pouring in all 32 Brewdog bars in the UK over the weekend and the cheapest Ryanair flight we could find was to Sheffield, so that’s where we headed. Of course that wasn’t the only reason, the impressively named ‘Beer X’ trade show was happening the same weekend, and we also managed to swag a YellowBelly tap takeover at a local brewpub ‘The Sentinel’. This was going to be a gud’un.

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We knew our luck was in as we took our seats on the plane, we had managed to swindle the emergency exit seats. I was more than willing to be responsible for everyone’s safety in order to gain all that sweet sweet legroom. In fact, I would have been prepared to fly the bloody plane if it meant avoiding Ryanair’s cramped ‘pleb’ seats. So we stretched out and enjoyed the show. The show in question consisted of the cabin crew trying to cram an hour of a sales pitch into our 25-minute flight. Newspapers and scratch cards were sold on the same run, with absolutely no heed paid to the subtle differences inherent in each product. None of either were sold.

We arrived in Sheffield at around 10am, and to our dismay the nearest brewpub was closed for business, which meant slumming it with pints of Wolf Rock Red IPA in our Holiday Inn, which was prefixed by me with “Hotel, Motel……” at any given opportunity! Oh how we laughed.

Today was Thursday the 16th and the night of our first U.K tap takeover, in The Sentinel Brewpub. We couldn’t wait. Unfortunatley we had to wait, but spirits were high as we made our way to the ‘Beer X’ trade show. Expectations based on the exciting name were soon put to bed as we entered a converted ice hockey stadium just outside the city centre. What once used to be a hive of passion and drama is now a room of 50-year-old men talking about pumps. “But at least there will be beer”, I offered to an increasingly frustrated Darragh Barnes. But alas, I was wrong. People selling cans had no beer in them, people selling taps had them running dry and bottle sellers were selling just that, empty bottles

Next up was our takeover, but first we went for meat. Lots of meat. Suitably refreshed, we headed to The Sentinel to drink beer and talk shite. Well actually, I only had to drink beer, Dec and Paul were leading the shite talking! There was a great reaction to Paul, as people learned about the hard work and creativity that goes into designing a YellowBelly Label. No one could understand Dec.

We were then let loose onto the streets of Sheffield where we took in the sights. The sights being- The Rutland Arms which was funny to say in a Sheffield accent, The Shakespeare Public House which was situated on the excellently named Gibraltar Street, and The Devonshire Cat, a pub owned by the lads from Abbeydale Brewery.  Suffice to say we had a lovely night made all the better by a few swift halves and a couple of yards of ale.

The next morning was Paddy’s Day, it was also the day our beer would be pouring in all 32 Brewdog bars in the U.K. We were all very excited. To help contain this excitement we decided to sit in a tattoo parlour’s waiting room for 7 hours, yes 7 hours. Dec, Darragh Ruairi and I decided we wanted to do something to remember the trip. Paul drew us a Top Hat and moustache tattoo and in we went. We were shown to the waiting room and our home for the next while. It was admittedly a very nice waiting room, with plush leather couches and an X-box. As the hours progressed it started to feel like the next day after a house party. The rollover. Episodes of Family Guy were on an eternal loop, everyone was hungover, people were taking turns going to the nearby off licence to grab £1 cans of Red Stripe, and the day seemed to take forever!

I was the last in to get tattooed, my reckoning being that he would have perfected it by now. He could have also been very tired and sick of doing the same bloody tattoo, but I took a chance! Big shout out to Tenacious Tattoo for looking after us for the day, they were absolute legends. Around 9pm we finally got to leave and head into town. We went straight to the nearest Brewdog and celebrated our new ink with a pint of Castaway. Our first pint of YellowBelly on foreign shores, unless you count Northern Ireland of course, and we do. It was a great night; the staff were class and it was great to meet loads of new people and spread the good word of YellowBelly. Once that was out of the way we made our way to ‘Corporation’, a local nightclub where we were re-introduced to our old friend Mr. Cans of Red Stripe. This time at £2 a can. The rest of the night was a blur, I did manage to keep my cling film wrapped around my arm which was a plus. It was a rough morning.

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3 days, 4 tattoos’, and 2 travel bans. Sheffield, your beautiful.

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Castaway, Rafts and… Tom Hanks?!

Our top hats are well and truly off to ‘Silenus’ (@bia_agus_deoch) on Twitter.

He’s just sent us these pics of his own homemade ‘Castaway’ Can Life Raft.

Will it float? We dunno, but you can ask him yourself by sending him a tweet. Check out the tweet and pics below.



Meanwhile, Sonovagun (@son0vagun), everyone’s favourite beer photographer, has given us the classic Tom Hanks treatment, with some next level photoshop skills.




If you got photos of our beers, feel free to share them with us, by tagging us on your social sites using @yellowbellybeer or #yellowbellybeer. 

Summer love,

@YellowBellySham 

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YellowBelly Beer & Sheffield Beer Week 2017

Howdy folks,

We are delighted to announce that we are heading to the UK to take part in this years epic Sheffield Beer Week 2017.

We’ll be taking the city by storm with a “tap takeover, to end all tap takeovers” at The Sentinel Brewhouse & Taprooms on March 16th from 5pm.

In addition to this, we’ve teamed up with the Irish Beer Snobs for a very special Brewery/Blogger collaboration beer, which has been brewed specifically for our tap takeover at The Sentinel. They’ll also be joining us on the night to host a truly unique #SheffBeerWeek Twitter Hour between 5pm & 6pm.

To say we are excited, is an understatement. Taplist and our New Collab Beer will be announced soon.

Let us know you are going to be there, by tweeting @yellowbellybeer or by leaving us a comment below.

Special thank you to Jules of Sheffield Beer Week and Alex Burrows of The Sentinel Brewhouse & Taprooms for helping put all of this together.

 


EVENT INFO

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YellowBelly Tap Takeover, Meet The Brewer & Designer

Venue: Sentinel Brewhouse & Taproom, 178, Shoreham St. S1 4SQ.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Sentinel-Brewing-Co
Date: Thurs 16th March
Time: TTO 5pm-6pm, Meet the Brewer & Designer from 6pm
Cost: Free entry
Travel: Buses: 1, 1a, 24, 25, 56 (to Shoreham Street) / Trams: Blue or Purple (to Granville Road)

From 5pm YellowBelly Beer are landing at Sheffield Beer Week on Thursday March 16th for their first full-scale tap takeover of the year at Sentinel Brewery’s Taphouse, bringing a cracking line up of their beers on draught and cask, some of which will be brewed specifically for the event.

Meet the Brewer / Designer: 6pm

This double header event will see the two men at the creative heart of YellowBelly Beer talking about how they go about creating a beer, from start, to finish.

Declan Nixon, Head Brewer, YellowBelly Beer. 
Since joining the team to launch the brewery 2 years ago, Dec has created over 90 beers and won many awards for his creative brews. He brings a depth of knowledge about every aspect of the brewing process, along with an increasing knowledge on barrel ageing and mixed fermentations. Hear him chatting about helping to create one of Ireland’s much loved beer brands and building a brewery from the ground up, from a 200l to a 6000l system.

Paul Reck, Designer, YellowBelly Beer. 

From the initial logo, to award-winning label artwork, to a tie-in video game, YellowBelly Beer’s designer Paul Reck has also been with the brewery from the beginning and knows how to build a brand. Listen to Paul chat about his inspirations, techniques and getting noticed in a rapidly expanding industry.

 


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Sheffield Beer Week Twitter Hour: The Irish Craft Beer Scene with YellowBelly Beer & @Irishbeersnob

Venue: Sentinel Brewhouse & Taproom, 178, Shoreham St. S1 4SQ.
Website:http://yellowbellybeer.ie/ / @Irishbeersnob
Date: Thurs 17th March
Time: 5-6pm
Ireland has experienced an explosion in craft breweries over the last two years. Join @SheffBeerWeek as they welcome Irish beer blogger @Irishbeersnob and Seamus of YellowBelly Beer for this Twitter Hour. A perfect opportunity to find out more about the Irish independent beer  scene. Crack open a beer alongside and share your beer online. There will be a Yellow Belly Beer event following this Twitter Hour at 6pm.

 

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Stormy Weather & Strange Brews…

Franciscan Well, Cork, January 2017.

We had just solved our first case of the evening. Who would sleep in which bed at our lodgings of 221B Wellington Street. I had quickly observed that one was significantly larger than the other and more suitable in length for a towering fellow like myself. Our landlady, Mrs Hudson (or I think that was her name), offered us breakfast for the morning after, however, we knew this would be a futile ambition and politely declined. She handed us our key and pointed us towards the direction of Cork’s quays.

We turned our collars up to the wind, adjusted our hats and strolled into the night.

Rain crashing. Wind sweeping. Franciscan Well. Cask pouring.

As we peered around a busy beer garden at an array of cask handles, friendly faces and into the warming flames of a pizza oven, we knew we had found our port in the storm. Such frenzied weather only occurs whenever Team YellowBelly step foot into a plane, train or automobile. This night was no exception.

We found a lofty perch upon a barrel and settled in for the night.

I lit my pipe and turned to my travelling companion, Dr. Nixon.

“I deduce you could use a pint, dear Nixon.”

I puffed deeply. He looked at me blankly and responded in his northern hue.

“Yew’ve been watchin’ ‘Sherlock’ again haven’t cha.”

I spluttered as I realised I had never smoked a pipe before.

“Yeah… sorry.”

 


 

Back to reality.

A huge thank you to the Franciscan Well for taking so many of our beers for the Festival. It was great to catch up with other breweries and some great supporters for what we are doing here in Wexford. And as always, some top notch pizza.

We were delighted to walk away with two awards for our ‘The Passion’ Passionfruit Lager in the Beoir Cask Competition; First Place in ‘Best Beer of the Festival‘ and it also won ‘Best Speciality Beer.’ Thanks to the Beoir judges for their hard work and organisation.

Here’s Assistant Brewer, Darragh Barnes, looking delighted. As were we all. It was a cracking way to start the year.

See you at the next festival.

 

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YellowBelly World Domination | Part 1 | Poland

If somebody had told me a year ago that one day I would be going to Poland trying to sell YellowBelly Beer, I would have thought it was an accurate prediction based on our current growth! We were invited through Bord Bia to a meet and greet with Polish beer importers and distributors at the Ambassador’s residence in Warsaw. Of course, we would attend.  That day came on Wednesday the 7th of December, my travelling companion was the exotically named Kamil Che. Kamil is a Polish guy we know, so he seemed the obvious candidate…

While our day of travel was the Wednesday, my work began on Tuesday. I was tasked with the unenviable challenge of Individually wrapping 48 bottles of beer in bubble wrap and cramming them into two suitcases. One each. I felt like Pablo Escobar, although I doubt Pablo would have took part in such menial tasks. I felt like one of Pablo Escobar’s skivies. I met Kamil at the airport and gave him his suitcase which contained 24 bottles of beer. 12 Lager and 12 Citra Pale. I looked at my own, packed to the gills with Pink Freud and Harvest Lager. We wondered about the legality of what we were doing. “I’m sure its fine”, was the prevailing thought as we approached the check in desk.

“How are you guy’s doing today?”

“The bags are full of beer.”

I sung like a canary… I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I don’t know whether it was the lack of sleep or the fear that got to me, but either way Ryanair were now fully aware what we were up to. Would I be sent home in disgrace? Would the suitcases be destroyed? Would I be arrested? We were in the lap of the gods now.

“That’s ok sir, just bring them to the oversized baggage drop and they will stick some fragile stickers on them”

It was as easy as that! Next time I’m bringing cocaine.

The flight itself was unmemorable. The usual fair. Safety demonstration, Irish Times and a snooze. It was at the arrivals hall where everything got a bit ‘James Bond’. We were greeted with a placard with our names on it, and a car was waiting outside to drop us to our hotel. We retired to our rooms to shower and suit up. We arranged to meet in the lobby in an hour and make our way to the Ambassador’s residence.

Looking sharp and feeling good we made our way out into the cold Warsaw night. Jay walking is a very serious offence in Poland but luckily the residence was only a short stroll away, unfortunately we didn’t know where that was! Luckily with a translator by my side and multiple Polish people giving us directions we eventually found the residence, and what a residence it was. A long winding, paved, tree-lined driveway led us to a 5-story mansion. It was like a country estate nestled into the rustle bustle of a major European city. We’re in the wrong game. We were buzzed in by the butler and brought into the drawing room to set up our stand.

We got set up and people were starting to arrive, canapés were being brought around on silver trays, but not a Ferrero Rocher in sight. The beer was going down well, although one distributor queried why we didn’t have a stout. But in fairness he also probably wondered why I wasn’t a leprechaun. Other than that, the evening was a success and some good contacts were made. The first leg of our world domination plan was nearly complete. Bord Bia brought us and the rest of the exhibitors out for a meal afterwards where we got to sample some Polish cuisine.  There was then talk of going to some cocktail bar, but me and Kamil knew where we were headed. We had met the owner of the ‘Jaberwocky Bar’ at the event earlier and we promised we’d be down to sample some of his 20 taps later. So, while the rest headed off to drink Cosmos, Kamil and I flanked by, who else but the Ambassador and his husband, went off to drink pints.

We jay-walked our entire way to the pub, reckoning diplomatic immunity might stretch to companions. We were given the full tour by Rafal including the proposed site for an on-site brewery, and drank copious amount of Polish craft beer. The beer was only ok, they are at the start of their own craft revolution and I have no doubt the quality will improve with time. At 2am we said our goodbyes, we promised to return to the residence anytime we were in Warsaw. An invite I’m sure the Ambassador immediately regretted.

See you soon Poland!

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First Sour of 2017

Jack Bauer’s Power Shower Sour | The Return

We’ve just brewed our first sour of 2017, and it’s Season 2 for Jack Bauer’s Power Shower Sour.

This is straight up Berliner Weisse.
No fruit. No pine needles. No dry hops.
Sweet and sour with a refreshing finish.

Back again, to live and fight another day.

If you want to learn more about our kettle souring process, check out this interview with our Head Brewer Declan Nixon.

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