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Is beer in Ireland bad?

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    Registered Users Posts: 89 ✭✭ NiceFella


    Hi all,

    Is it just me or is beer brewed in this country terrible? I'm not talking about domestic beer necessarily, more so popular beer that's brewed here i.e Heineken, Carlsberg, Corres etc. That said Guinness is the only thing now that I can drink and enjoy and feel ok on the next day. The reason I've been thinking this is because any time I've booked a cheap flight to Europe I've noticed a massive difference in quality. I went to Prague recently and I noticed that my hangovers were way more manageable. I felt only a little tired the next day with a pretty pain free day. And I wasn't holding back on those nights because I was on my holidays. I have noticed it too in other European cities.
    The other night I drank 6 or 7 pints in my local of a popular beer and the next day I was in rag order, mini depression the lot. I just wanted to know do others think similarly or is it all in my head. Im kind of thinking of giving up drinking all together because the H-overs are not worth it. Any thoughts?


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  • If you buy bad beer you end up with a bad taste in your mouth. Drink better beer and you'll be fine. Actually you won't, but at least it'll taste better.




  • Yes---give it up entirely, you'll feel a lot better and probably be an even NicerFella




  • I would classify myself as a heavy drinker but I find that in foreign parts the method is to eat food with drink. Also a lot of foreigners drink water between drinks to keep hydrated.

    German and Czech beer is among the best in the world and the purest. Irish beer is full of preservatives and chemicals in comparison. Guinness stout is about the best of a bad lot but it depends on the bar, the delivery system, pipes, taps etc and how well they are cleaned and maintained.

    I find draught beer in pubs to be very variable in quality so only consume it in small amounts. Bottles and cans are a better bet.

    Always leave a period of time before sleep to allow nature to take its course with the inevitable post drink visit to the toilet, and also drink a pint of water before bed to avoid a hangover next morning. I also find that open windows in the bedroom and another pint of water on waking helps with the morning after blues.




  • Tasty and tempting food

    doolox wrote:
    Always leave a period of time before sleep to allow nature to take its course with the inevitable post drink visit to the toilet, and also drink a pint of water before bed to avoid a hangover next morning. I also find that open windows in the bedroom and another pint of water on waking helps with the morning after blues.

    Good advice, I've cut back alot lately mainly because the hangovers are simply not worth it.




  • loads of great irish beers the country is full of fantastic craft breweries something for every pallet


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  • I was in England this weekend and drank muck in every pub. Our (craft) beer is excellent IMO especially everything brewed by Black's of Kinsale.




  • just like to add an observation based on personal experience.

    Smoking massively magnifies the effects of a hangover, and I mean smoking while drinking.

    gave up the smokes cold turkey on the night of the ban. Following weekend, instead of my usual 4 pints of Guinness, I opted for Harp (of all things) as I knew the Guinness would reignite the old cravings for a smoke. Anyway, ended up drinking 6 pints. SIX, normally I'd be legless. I think it was that I'd nothing to do with the hand that usually held the cigarettes, so I kept picking up the pint. Anyway, next morning - no hangover. Was astounded.

    Subsequently returned to Guinness, and found hangovers only occurred if I exceeded my rule of four:pac:. Previously, 4 Guinness (and cigarettes) was enough to have a head next morning.

    Ok, this is where you say "but I don't smoke!" and bang goes my 3 minutes of index-fingered typing.

    This year on the Costas, enjoyed draught San Miguel but not the bottles, and Cruzcampo wasn't too bad. Of course I'm comparing apples and oranges as I drink Guinness here, which is just as subject to the vagaries of the delivery - and I believe using the wrong detergent is the real cause for bad beer. Its all down to the glasses. Have some unscientific evidence to support this, found similar problems at home, after we changed to cheapo dishwasher tablets. Informed local hostelry of my discovery, and lo and behold, following Friday, good Guinness.




  • We've a lot of beers. It depends on what you're drinking. The big, bland, highly-marketed, mega corporate brands are the coca-cola of beers. You'd hardly expect much.
    Many of the craft beers are excellent.

    You can actually have a really nice beer, drink less and enjoy it a lot more by just not buying garbage.

    The biggest issue here are those bland, cheap lagers that people consume in vast quantities and pay no attention to what they actually taste like.




  • I drink Carlsberg and yes it leaves me in bits. Its not popular at all here anymore in pubs, so its never properly cold because it hasnt been flowing.

    Recently i was in spain, and tried my first pint of Estrella, lovely beer and felt grand the next day.

    My only gripe was why the fcuk to they drench the glass in water before they pull the pint? That goes against everything Diageo say, clean dry glass etc...

    you jusrt end up with a flat pint no head.




  • The Dutch serve beer in wet glass's too.
    As for beer being brewed in Ireland is rubbish,you should try Coors Light or Carlsberg in England,its rank, makes Coors/Carlsberg brewed at James Gate taste like small batch craft beers!!


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  • BailMeOut wrote: »
    I was in England this weekend and drank muck in every pub. Our (craft) beer is excellent IMO especially everything brewed by Black's of Kinsale.

    Pity it's so expensive though, versus the many good reasonably priced beers on the shelves.

    I notice several Supermarkets going in heavily on the craft beers most priced around 2 Euro for a .330.

    I call bull on that, to be perfectly honest ,and they will gather dust for me at tht price.

    Especially when one can get Stella, Becks, Baltika, Karpackie and the Tyskies Lomza pro rata for 70% of the price, and .500ml too.

    Let's not let marketing fool us.




  • I do think the Heineken here is not anywhere as nice as Amsterdam.

    A lot of the craft beers here are pretry poor especially when your used to having a good craft brewery on your doorstep you can taste the crap ones a mile away.




  • The mass-market beers you're talking about would not be known for their taste and quality internationally anyway.

    Coors sold in Ireland is brewed in the UK for about a year. Most Heineken sold here, except draught, is brewed in Amsterdam.




  • Im not out as often as used to be but find pints of the usual stuff Heineken Bud Carlsberg etc to be mostly flat muck that has you wrecked the next day.


    I think the time of day and how busy the bar is makes a difference as well. Ive been in the same pub in a very busy area of Dublin city centre during the week when was a bit quieter and then on the weekend and difference was huge!


    As for the craft stuff it varies. I could buy bottles or cans in off license and quality would be very very good more often then not. I find in pubs though its a lot more hit and miss ive only found one or two places in city centre that craft stuff tasted really good anywhere else it was just as bad as the rest.


    You get an even worse hangover as the percentage is higher as well plus your wallet pays for it too :pac:




  • BailMeOut wrote: »
    I was in England this weekend and drank muck in every pub. Our (craft) beer is excellent IMO especially everything brewed by Black's of Kinsale.

    TBH I'd drink UK craft beer over Irish any day. In the UK even the Wetherspoons ales are mostly nice, but every pub has its own couple of specialty brews and they arehandsome for the most part. And then there's the Brewdog pubs - pure heaven.

    They have been at it for a long time but the Irish craft beer industry is only 25 years old. There are some delicious Irish craft brews but an awful lot of pish too.




  • BailMeOut wrote: »
    I was in England this weekend and drank muck in every pub. Our (craft) beer is excellent IMO especially everything brewed by Black's of Kinsale.

    Scale though? I think London has far better food choice overall.




  • Has Guinness changed its make-up recently,5-6 pints i use to be grand the next day,but lately ive being dying after 3-4 pints




  • I've had to give guiness up,3/4 pints and I am dying the next day. I've been drinking Franciscan Well's archway lager the past small while and it has left me feeling fine the following day.




  • There is a story going round my place that the Guinness dregs from St James Gate that is meant for pig feed is being re-kegged and sold cheap to the local pubs. These get mixed in with the standard Guinness and then it becomes a lottery if you a being served good Guinness or Guinness that was meant for animal consumption. Anyone reckon there is any truth to it? There is a black market for Kegs as I have seen the white vans dropping them at some of the pubs and there definitely is no consistency, in the standard of Guinness round me. One night it is fine, the next it is bland and tasteless. I have learned the hard way that 3 - 4 pints of this stuff can make you seriously ill.




  • I just was not able for the hangover anymore a couple of yeas ago and put it down to old age(40).I always found I could drink 4-5 pints mid week and it would not knock a sweat off me and come the weekend 4 pints could have me in a coma the morning after .My theory when the bar was busy in the weekend the publicans would fire out the dregs .As far as i know their is 3 grades of kegs ,The hotel grade being the dearest ,the regular kegs and then you have the returns .The returns would be kegs returned to the wholesalers form the likes of festival or bars closed down .These kegs might be out in the sun for a couple of weeks but someone always ends up drinking them so no wonder lads have hangovers after 4 pints


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  • cute geoge wrote: »
    I just was not able for the hangover anymore a couple of yeas ago and put it down to old age(40).I always found I could drink 4-5 pints mid week and it would not knock a sweat off me and come the weekend 4 pints could have me in a coma the morning after .My theory when the bar was busy in the weekend the publicans would fire out the dregs .As far as i know their is 3 grades of kegs ,The hotel grade being the dearest ,the regular kegs and then you have the returns .The returns would be kegs returned to the wholesalers form the likes of festival or bars closed down .These kegs might be out in the sun for a couple of weeks but someone always ends up drinking them so no wonder lads have hangovers after 4 pints

    That sounds like total rubbish, I'm sorry. Kegs are all the same, they are delivered and normally put straight into a coldroom.




  • That sounds like total rubbish, I'm sorry. Kegs are all the same, they are delivered and normally put straight into a coldroom.

    I have worked in a few bars and have never seen kegs put in a cold room.




  • balor69 wrote: »
    loads of great irish beers the country is full of fantastic craft breweries something for every pallet

    I think I'm a bit of a snob towards craft beer :P

    Its either something that's a novelty or just a trendy/rich appearing normal beer.

    Well, Imo, you can't beat Irish cider. IMO, its not cider if its not from Ireland or, perhaps, another far north country.

    Funnilly enough, Tyskie is better abroad.




  • Obviously in an off licence, you can pickup german or czech but if you are in a typical Irish pub (am in Dublin), what would be the best option for lager then to avoid the Carlsberg-Heineken-Coors effect?




  • Akabusi wrote: »
    There is a story going round my place that the Guinness dregs from St James Gate that is meant for pig feed is being re-kegged and sold cheap to the local pubs. These get mixed in with the standard Guinness and then it becomes a lottery if you a being served good Guinness or Guinness that was meant for animal consumption. Anyone reckon there is any truth to it? There is a black market for Kegs as I have seen the white vans dropping them at some of the pubs and there definitely is no consistency, in the standard of Guinness round me. One night it is fine, the next it is bland and tasteless. I have learned the hard way that 3 - 4 pints of this stuff can make you seriously ill.

    Seriously?

    This thread is totally mad. People will believe anything.




  • Has anybody here ever tried hungarian beer? It has a strangely spicy kick to it and was some of the 'tastiest' beer I've had. Like, it isn't sweet or fatty if that makes any kind of sense.



    There was this beautiful one I had which I think had some type of wood mixed into it and it was like a cedary aftertaste or something.



    Also, you can pick up a wine for a euro that tastes as good as anything that I had in France :P Definetly a country to check out for the alcohol imo.




  • Akabusi wrote: »
    There is a story going round my place that the Guinness dregs from St James Gate that is meant for pig feed is being re-kegged and sold cheap to the local pubs. These get mixed in with the standard Guinness and then it becomes a lottery if you a being served good Guinness or Guinness that was meant for animal consumption. Anyone reckon there is any truth to it? There is a black market for Kegs as I have seen the white vans dropping them at some of the pubs and there definitely is no consistency, in the standard of Guinness round me. One night it is fine, the next it is bland and tasteless. I have learned the hard way that 3 - 4 pints of this stuff can make you seriously ill.

    Utter Rubbish




  • Seriously?

    This thread is totally mad. People will believe anything.

    Yes seriously, there is a black market for kegs, guys going round selling them out of vans to the pubs its become well known in my area, where these kegs are coming from I don't know but the standard is not anywhere near the same. I was drinking in one of the pubs where the Guinness is always good and this discussion came up, one of the regulars there told me that the Guinness lorry driver told him that this pub is the only pub in the locality that gets regular deliveries of Guinness and there is one pub that he hadn't delivered to in about 2 years. We're in a rural area where there are 5 - 6 pubs scattered out over a few miles radius. I would drink in them all on occasion but only have Guinness in one. It is the always the same conversation after a night out - How were the pints?




  • jt69er wrote: »
    Utter Rubbish

    There is a black market for Kegs. Do you accept that?

    I accept that the pig feed thing it may very well be utter rubbish but could you expand on the reasoning behind your statement? Just saying, it could be true as it's not that long ago that horse meat was been passed as beef.


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  • Akabusi wrote: »
    Yes seriously, there is a black market for kegs, guys going round selling them out of vans to the pubs its become well known in my area, where these kegs are coming from I don't know but the standard is not anywhere near the same. I was drinking in one of the pubs where the Guinness is always good and this discussion came up, one of the regulars there told me that the Guinness lorry driver told him that this pub is the only pub in the locality that gets regular deliveries of Guinness and there is one pub that he hadn't delivered to in about 2 years. We're in a rural area where there are 5 - 6 pubs scattered out over a few miles radius. I would drink in them all on occasion but only have Guinness in one. It is the always the same conversation after a night out - How were the pints?

    From someone that knows the industry very well, and managed numerous pubs in my time, you are talking complete and utter nonsense and to be frank embarrassing yourself. You think Diageo, with an annual turnover of around €15 billion, are going around diverting Guinness for pig feed (complete ****e) into pubs.... Unbelievable. Really and truly unbelievable.


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