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RYE RIVER BREWING COMPANY INTRODUCES A BREWERY-LED BRAND FOR ON AND OFF-TRADE

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RYE RIVER BREWING COMPANY INTRODUCES A BREWERY-LED BRAND  FOR ON AND OFF-TRADE One box; four cans Rye River Brewing Company, the Celbridge-based, multi award-winning brewery, has announced it is introducing a brewery-led brand as part of a strategy to streamline its brand and channel strategy. The introduction of the new brand will support the next stage of the brewery’s development following a year of significant growth in off licence and retail sales, despite the challenges the global pandemic presented. "We have developed a successful story in craft brewing without having any of our brands carry the Rye River name, so we decided to bring a brand to life that recognises who we are. Apart from the Rye River Seasonal range, which is small batch, this will be the first of our  everyday beers to carry the Rye River name." The Rye River Brewing Company brand will replace McGargles on draught in pubs and will be available in a 4 x 330ml pack format in retail. A range of McGargles

A Quart of Ale± #63 . On the craft journey with a session of IPA and a Tom Crean traditional

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  A Quart of Ale ± #63 On the craft journey with a session of IPA and a Tom Crean traditional Blacks St Tropez IPA Summer IPA 4.8%, 440 can It’s summer and those brewery magicians at Blacks have bottled St Tropez for you in a gold colour and with a flirtatious white head that, like the summer, has no plans to hang around. Plenty of little bubbles in the cloud and, being Blacks, the personality is hops. So okay, the party is not in the south of France. But a sunny garden on this island will do nicely. Bright citrus Cascade and resinous Simcoe hops have come to the party bringing grapefruit and mango both in the aroma (along with pine) and on the fresh palate and yes, that hop one two combination is quite a knockout. Fruit in the aromas and palate and no shortage of bitterness at the finalé. They say:  Maybe it’s the alcohol fumes, but crazy flavour fusions and quirky combos are constantly coming to us. We love nothing more than to experiment in the brewery to create craft beers with lot

A Quart of Ale± #62 . On the craft journey with a mixed session: IPA, Wheat Beer, Saison and Berliner Weisse

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  A Quart of Ale ± #62 On the craft journey with a mixed session: IPA, Wheat Beer,  Saison and  Berliner Weisse Blacks Coast to a  double Blacks Wild Atlantic West Coast IPA 4.5%, 330 can Colour is a pale orange, hazy of course, with a soft white head (dip a finger in and taste the citrus-y hops).    Aromas too proclaim the hops, a big hitting quarter of Citra, Cascade, Mosaic and El Dorado. And the hop muscle is again evident on the palate. But you’ll soon note the balance here between the various elements as we end up with a superb crisp beer, quite a thirst quencher as well. Another little can with a big and pleasant bang from the crew at Blacks! And the beer title is also pretty much bang on the money. So there you are, both coasts covered by two small cans. Blacks Ace of Haze DDH Cryo Hazy Session IPA 4.2%, 330 can Hazy, of course, a foggy gold, soft white head. Citrusy in the aromas. And that citrus, along with the hops of course, shows up as well on the palate, lots of long last

A Quart of Ale± #61. On the craft journey with a mixed session, with this superb Red Ale the final can of the four.

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  A Quart of Ale ± #61 On the craft journey with a mixed session, with this superb Red Ale the final can of the four.  Yellow Belly “Red Noir” Dark Red Ale 4.5%, 440ml can Bradleys They say it’s a dark red and it is, very dark, more black than red with a slim milky-coffee coloured head (shortlived). Aromas, caramel and toasted malt, are pleasant, if modest. You get much the same but more intense on the palate, caramel, chocolate prominent here. It is very smooth, very flavourful, very dark. Just wondering have Yellow Belly come up with a new style here, the dark Irish red ale? They say:  How a Red Ale is supposed to taste. Mild aromatics of sweet toasted malt and light smoke entices the drinker to this dark decadent red ale. What follows is a velvety smooth beer with a complimentary combination of chocolate and dark forest fruit flavours on the tongue.  Style: Dark Red Ale The Wexford brewery didn’t quite realise that it had a big hit in this one in its earliest incarnation, regarding