Beer

  • "COVERT OPERATION" MOLLOYS 85TH ANNIVERSARY BEER

    August 24, 2018

    YellowBelly Beer worked with Richard Molloy to create this anniversary ale named Covert Operation, a 5% ABV pale ale. The mission was to create a juicy, easy-drinking Pale Ale and Head Brewer Declan Nixon rose to the challenge. The malt bill is kept light and clean, giving a solid base for the Mosaic and Azacca hops to shine. Aroma’s of pineapple, blood orange and mango leap out of the glass, backed up by flavours of lemon peel, grapefruit and even more pineapple. The finish is low on bitterness and super clean, enhancing the beers sessionability.

    The label features YellowBelly, the 3 generations of the Molloy family and the Crafty Fox who will lead them on a Covert Operation to bring superior craft beer to the masses.

    It was hard keeping this 'Covert Operation' under wraps, but now that it’s cover has been blown, you can find it in all 7 Molloys Liquor Stores around Dublin. And it is available to buy online at www.molloys.ie.

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  • Six Gluten Free Beers That Actually Taste Like Beer

    January 10, 2018

    Six Gluten Free Beers That Actually Taste Like Beer

    The growth in numbers of people subscribing to gluten free diets has lead to the creation of an entire industry where companies manufacture gluten free counterparts to everyday food and drink products to meet growing demand. Most beers are inherently gluten rich and for that reason we have seen the proliferation of gluten free beers and breweries in recent years. These beers range in quality from great to downright god awful. Here are six we can recommend.

    Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales GFA, 4.8% - €4.19

    Nick Stafford's Gluten Free Ale Nick Stafford's Gluten Free Ale

    This World Beer award winner is big on flavour. Full bodied, with initial sweetness giving way to pronounced fruit and hop character with strong citrus finish. A must try for craft beer lovers who are looking to sacrifice gluten without having to compromise on taste.

     

     

    Estrella Damm Daura Gluten-Free Lager, 5.4% - €3.29

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    The world's most popular and award winning gluten free beer, Estrella’s Duara is probably the least adventurous beer on this list in terms of flavour but a solid go to for lager drinkers looking for a gluten free tipple. It is fruity and floral on the nose with a hint of sweet spices and, while this beer is sessionable, it packs quite a punch at 5.4% ABV.

     

     

    Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free, 5.1% - €2.50

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    This gluten-free beer uses the exact same ingredients as regular Peroni Nastro Azzurro. A specific enzyme is added at the end of the brewing process which removes the gluten, ensuring Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free can be enjoyed by coeliacs or those choosing to lead a gluten-free lifestyle. A must try for fans Peroni fans looking for a gluten free alternative.

     

     

    Hufi Gluten Free Beer, 5.8% - €2.00

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    Probably my favourite beer on the list, Hufi is ideal for those people who are gluten averse and calorie conscious. Although it only contains 93 calories this beer does not lack in character or strength. Slightly hopped with citrus flavours and a smooth finish this beer is delicious served cold with a slice of lemon.

     

     

    Against the Grain Gluten Free 500ml, 4.5% - €3.99

    Against The Grain Gluten Free Beer bottle Against The Grain Gluten Free Beer

    This gluten free beer is also suitable for vegans. It pours a pale straw colour with a billowing white head; and a grainy aroma with some citrus and grassy hops. The taste is bitter, with some sweet malt and citrus and a fresh green hopped bitterness to finish.

     

     

    Dungarvan Comeragh Challenger Gluten Free 500ml, 3.8% - €3.40 

    Dungarvan Comeragh Challenger Gluten Free Beer bottle Dungarvan Comeragh Challenger

    Named after a route on the Sean Kelly cycling tour that runs through the Comeragh Mountains, this English-style pale ale which is brewed using the naturally occurring hard water of West Waterford and hopped solely with Challenger hops to produce a traditional bitter. The malty profile and floral hops make for an elegant and understated ale. The best Irish-made gluten free beer.

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  • 6 Great Father's Day Gifts

    June 8, 2017

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    It’s time to mark your calendars for Father’s Day. Falling on the 18th of June this year, it will be here before you know it. It is not exactly panic time at the moment, as you still have a little time to get him the perfect gift.

    Ordering the Perfect Gift

    Save yourself from all the hustle and bustle of the high street by ordering your gift online from the award winning Molloys website. There is the fantastic option of having the gift delivered straight to your father with an attached gift message of your choosing (this option is at the checkout stage). This option is particularly popular with people sending home father’s day gifts from abroad.

    One of the best things about buying whiskey, wine or beer as a gift, is that you know the likelihood of the gift being used is very high. Rather than aftershave, clothes or a Groupon voucher, get them a nice bottle of whiskey, or something quirky like a beer making kit! To read about the top 5 Irish whiskies under €100, click here.

    Below are a selection of gifts that he will be sure to love. If nothing below tickles you’re fancy we have hundreds of more products available on our website which you can check out here.

    6 Great Gifts 

     

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

     

    Brewing your own beer at home has become very popular. Its great fun and a great educational experience for any beer lover. This Everyday IPA has a lovely bitterness from Columbus hops and its fragrant citrus aroma from super aromatic hops. If that is not your fathers cup of tea, we also have different variations of the beer making kit; including  an Oatmeal Stout, a Double IPA.  a Black IPA and more.

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

    Irish American 8 Pack

     

    Another great gift idea for any beer nut. You get to taste some of the best craft beers from America and Ireland. They include beers from some of the best breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Founders, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and Trouble Brewing.

    Irish American 8 pk 4x50cl / 4x35cl btl

    Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

     

    Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. 

     

    Glenfiddich 12YR Old 700ml

    Redbreast 15 Year Old:

     

    A really incredible single pot still whiskey. A little pricier than the 12 year old but worth every cent. It's a lot richer and stronger than the 12 year old. Really balanced and well rounded with mellow fruit, combined with spice and toasted wood.

    Redbreast 15 year old 70cl

    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

     

    One of our best selling wine gift packs. it includes two incredible wines from the Bordeaux region in France. These wines have been selected by wine experts and have received rave reviews from the press; making this a must buy. 

    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

    Bordeaux Trio

     

    Another option from one of the best wine regions in the world, is this lovely trio of Bordeaux wines. These wines have been chosen by wine experts, meaning that they are of a very high standard. They come in a lovely wooden presentation box. 

    Bordeaux Trio

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  • HOW TO GET THE LATEST LIMITED CRAFT BEERS & AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

    May 5, 2017

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    The Reason Why it's Hard to Get 

    Getting your hands on limited and seasonal craft beers can be difficult. They are normally made in small batches and only certain establishments will stock them. Along with that they only receive small quantities, so once the craft beer is gone, they won’t be able to reorder it.

     

    That’s one of the beautiful aspects of craft beer; that you may only get to try a certain brew once. In turn making you savour every gulp and really think about and analyse what you are tasting. Consciously or subconsciously you normally end up rating the beer, then comparing other beers to it, in its respective category. That’s one of the reasons why we held The Molloys Craft Beer Awards, which you can read about here. Sometimes it can be difficult to compare a beer, even if it is in the same category, there can be a lot of variation in terms of flavour, aroma and finish. But we still try and compare nonetheless.

     

    Recent Releases 

    One of the reasons why, such sites as RateBeer and BeerAdvocate have done so well, people love to compare things! When limited edition craft beers come out, it creates great anticipation and excitement. Recently Rascals released their Strawberry Vanilla Shake IPA, the scramble to get it was phenomenal, and it flew off the shelves all over Ireland. The same with Galway Bay 200 Fathoms Imperial Stout.

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    How to Get The Limited Craft Beer

    Since we are one of the leading craft beer specialists in Ireland, we are continuously looking to get the limited edition and seasonal craft beers. If you are infatuated with craft beer like us, then you can sign up for free text alerts and/or newsletters. So the moment the latest craft beers have landed in our stores, you will receive a free message, informing you of its arrival.

     

    If you want to avail of the free text service, text molloys followed by your name and email address to 51000.

     

    If you want to avail of just our email newsletter, just scroll down to the bottom of this page, where it says Newsletter, just enter your email address into the box beside it.

     

    Check out some of the latest craft beers here

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  • Top 6 Stouts to Try Before You Die

    April 11, 2017

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    Stouts are becoming more and more popular on the craft beer scene. It seems like most craft beer breweries are trying their hand at brewing some type of stout variation. There are a number of different styles of stout, and this is something that will continue to grow over time, as craft breweries experiment and continue to evolve the stout category.

     

    We stock one of the best ranges of stouts in Ireland. In our annual Molloys Craft Beer Awards, Stouts where one of the most popular categories, and it was a nightmare to make a shortlist of the top 6, as so many other quality stouts missed out. That just shows the quality of stouts being brewed at the moment, there is so much complexity and so much going on within each different stout.

     

    Stouts are generally dark in colour, with very distinct flavours of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and chocolate. These are some flavours that can be expected in most stouts, but they all vary and have their own different characteristics, making each one quite unique. Stouts are normally creamy with very little sweetness and a rather enjoyable bitterness.

     

    Here are the top 6 Craft Stouts you must try. Read about the Molloys Craft Beer Awards Here.

     

    Galway Bay Buried at Sea:

    This stout really is a treat; amazing flavours of chocolate, rich an decedent throughout, very well balanced; making this stout extremely easy to drink.

    Galway Bay Buried at Sea 500ml

    Stone Xocoveza:

    This stout was originally meant to have been a one off, but it turned out to be so good, that Stone decided it had to be produced every year. Xocoveza really is bursting with incredible aromas and flavours; layered with cocoa, coffee, pepper, vanilla and some cinnamon.

    Stone Xocoveza

    Brewdog Cocoa Psycho:

    Cocoa Psycho is a really smooth Imperial stout, with an ABV of 10%. Some really nice flavours of dark malts, coffee beans, vanilla and cacao nibs.

    Brewdog Cocoa Psycho 33cl

    Trouble Brewing Coisbo:

    Coisbo is a really delicious milk stout, with a very drinkable ABV of 5.8%. Nice balanced flavours of cocoa and vanilla, very rich and indulgent throughout. Brewdog teamed up with a Danish Brewery called Coisbo Beer, to make this collaboration.

    Trouble Brewing Coisbo Milk Stout

    Siren Broken Dream:

    This is one of the best craft stouts you will find. This really is a complex stout, with so much imagination. Great flavours of chocolate, coffee milk and oats, with a very nice smokiness. Full of flavour and brewed to perfection.

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    Founders Breakfast Stout:

    This really has become an iconic stout at this stage. It recently won the stout category of the annual Molloys Craft Beer Awards; fending off the above 5 to claim the prize. This stout has very nice flavours of coffee and bitter chocolate.

    Founders Breakfast Stout 330ml

    Check out our great range of stouts here.

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  • Top 6 Craft Beers

    March 23, 2017

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    Picking your favourite IPA, Stout or Red Ale can be a difficult task. That’s why we decided to hold our very own craft beer awards. The Molloys Craft Beer Awards is in its very first year, and with a massive selection available in-store and online, it was difficult to narrow it down to a top 6 in each respective category. The top 6 were chosen by some of our craft beer experts.

    With hundreds of votes recorded over the course of the competition. The results are finally in; and we find it difficult to argue with any of these results, as they are all incredibly tasty brews, that must be tried!

    Congratulations to all of the brewers who were lucky enough to make it into the top 6 in each individual category.

    Best Pale Ale:

    Blacks of Kinsale: Kinsale Pale Ale

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    Blacks of Kinsale fought off some tough competition to win the Pale Ale Category; competing against the likes of Sierra Nevada, Brewdog and Lagunitas. Kinsale Pale ale is a delightful Pale Ale, with tropical and citrus flavours; it is easy to see why it's one of our customers favourites! Kinsale Pale Ale is on offer at Molloys (3 for €9.00)

    Best Label Design:

    Molloys: Fairy Ale of New York

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    This is our very own craft beer, made in collaboration with Rascals Brewing. Fairy Ale of New York had the daunting task of going up against  Yellow Belly, Beavertown and Trouble Brewing to win the best label design. These breweries make some of the best and most artistic labels in the industry. Fairy Ale of New York is a golden coloured ale with aromas of citrus fruits, pineapple and hints of tangerine.

    Best Red Ale:

    Galway Bay Brewery: Bay Ale

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    Galway Bay Bay Ale went up against some other fantastic Red Ales, including 8 Degrees Sunburnt Irish Red, Franciscan Well Rebel Red and Brewdog 5AM Saint. Bay Ale tastes of toffee malts, caramel sweetness and some slight bitterness. This is currently on offer in-store and online (3 for €9.00).

    You can read about Red Ales here!

    Best IPA:

    8 Degrees: Howling Gale

    8 Degrees Howling Gale just pipped the prize of Best IPA, beating Hope Brewery, Trouble Brewing and O Brother Brewing. Flavours of fruit and biscuit with a dry pine bitterness The 8 Degrees core range is currently on offer (5 for €10.00).

    You can read more about IPA's here!

    Best Stout:

    Founders: Breakfast Stout Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor

    Founders Breakfast Stout is one of the most well known craft stouts around. It fended off the likes of Stone Xocoveza, Siren Broken Dream and Galway Bay Buried at Sea. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee.

    Best Of The Rest:

    Galway Bay: Of Foam and Fury 

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    Of Foam and Fury, one of the most anticipated beers to be released, it didn't disappoint. It went up against Beavertown Applelation, Stones Arrogant Bastard and Hope Peach and Blueberry Sour. Of Foam and Fury has sweet fruits, mango, tropical notes, juicy citrus, resinous hops, good bitter sweet balance, complex flavour, very drinkable considering the ABV.

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  • 6 Incredible Red Ales

    February 3, 2017

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    Red Ale is wonderful, tasty and underrated. Not everyone can understand the flavour and depth of a good red ale. Those who do appreciate a good red ale know how dynamic it can be in terms of flavour. The reddish hue generally comes from a small amount of roasted barley. Many Red Ales are medium bodied, smooth with a caramel malt flavour and moderate carbonation.

    Craft beer experts in Molloys, had to whittle their favourite red ales down to a super 6. These 6 red ales were then entered into the Molloys Craft Beer Awards. All of them are unique in their own way, and they should all be tried!

    Siren Liquid Mistress 33cl

    Siren Liquid Mistress

    Is a bright red ale, with an ABV of 5.8%. Lovely burnt raisin flavours with a nice citrusy balance.

    Big Hop Red

    Rascals Big Hop Red

    A quite hoppy red ale with some distinct malt caramel. Lovely aromas of citrus and pine which complement the caramel and biscuit malt notes.

    BrewDog 5 AM Saint 330ml

    BrewDog 5AM Saint 

    Nicely balanced red ale, with a distinctive caramel malt flavour and nice fruit aromas.

    8 Degrees Sunburnt Irish Red 330ml

    8 Degrees Sunburnt

    Rich red in colour. Lovely burnt caramel flavours, which is balanced with a soft hop bitterness.

    Franciscan Well Rebel Red

    Franciscan Well Rebel Red

    Balanced hop/malt profile with a nice caramel and biscuit finish. Very easy drinking, accessible red ale.

    Galway Bay Ale 500ml

    Galway Bay Bay Ale

    Copper in colour with a malt forward flavour. Smooth, refreshing and very well balanced

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    We have a great selection of red ales online at the award winning Molloys.ie and in store.

    Keep an eye out for our weekly tastings in store.

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  • All you need to know about Indian Pale Ale (IPA)!

    January 6, 2017

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    If you have paid any attention to alcohol or social media in the last year or so, surely you have heard the abbreviation IPA! Maybe you heard a snobby barmen tell a customer that they don’t have Heineken on tap, but they do have a very popular IPA “that they must try”. Maybe you even pretended to know what it was; but that’s none of my business.

    IPA stands for Indian Pale Ale, and no, it doesn’t mean the IPA the snobby barmen offered was from India. There are actually numerous stories and tales out there about the origin of IPA. It’s impossible to be 100% sure of the exact rendition. You will find the name George Hodgson fairly prominent in articles all over the internet, crediting him with the origins of IPA. The trouble with these stories is they don’t really align; it was said that during the 1700’s and 1800s, England held a massive colonial presence in India, which they did; and that the English soldiers and civilians had the goo on them for a few pints, which I would absolutely believe, considering it’s a bit warmer than Ireland over there!

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    Supposedly because it was such a long journey over to India traditional beer would spoil on the way over to Ghandi-land; but that’s not true as the beer could potentially last well over a year in the casks. George was said to have come up with a solution to this problem, by making a pale ale. But pale ales were around well before George Hodgson’s time. Eventually the pale ales that were being shipped over to India became known as “Pale Ale for India”, many years later becoming known as Indian Pale Ale, thus the abbreviation IPA. So all in all it was just a big marketing ploy.

    So that’s where the term IPA comes from; and IPA as a style of beer has grown astronomically. It’s a style that tends to have a high level of bitterness, which coincides with the amount of hops used when making this style of beer.

    There are also many types of IPA’s, which also means a variation in some characteristics. You can have American IPA’s, English IPA’s, Double IPA’s, Triple IPA’s and Experimental IPA’s and so on. I will delve into different styles of IPA’s in future articles.

    If you are looking for some amazing IPA’s we have a massive range instore and online. We stock over 400 craft beers! Try some of these great IPA’s.

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    You can also try your hand at making your very own beer. With theses amazing Beer Making Kits. You can read about them HERE!

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPABeer Making Kit: Black IPA

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  • Beer Making Kits

    December 19, 2016

    Beer Making Kit: Sorachi Ace Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

    Have you ever wondered how beer is made? How that refreshing and delicious liquid happiness all comes together? This is a thought that springs to my mind every time I try a new craft beer. Every craft beer is different, from aspects of the brewing process, down to the flavours that have been incorporated.

     

    The rise of craft beer has been meteoric; it has led to anyone and everyone trying to brew their own beer. There are now an incredible amount of micro-breweries spread across Ireland, and this is increasing on a regular basis. As you can imagine it’s one of the most intriguing things for a beer lover; I am sure many have even dreamt about making their own beer!

    Beer Making Kit: Warrior Double IPABeer Making Kit: Oatmeal Stout

    Now that dream has become a reality. You can now buy your very own Beer Making Kit. The Beer Making Kit is the perfect gift for all beer lovers. The Kit guides you through all the different processes required to make the beer of your choice. It’s like having your very own miniature brewery in the comfort of your own home. There is nothing quite like tasting a beer that you brewed yourself. The satisfaction of making your own been from start to finish brings a sense of pride and accomplishment.

    They come in a range of styles to suit everyone. They have a lovely Everyday IPA, Oatmeal Stout and a Single Hop IPA to name just a few.

    Beer Making Kit: Single Hop IPABeer Making Kit: Black IPA

    The beer making kits make an excellent gift for your other half, family or friends. It’s unique, quirky and a hell of a lot of fun, AND these babies are exclusive to Molloys Liquor Stores. They can be purchased in any of our shops across Dublin, or online at the award winning Molloys.ie.

     

    If you’re having trouble deciding on a craft beer gift, check out this article.

     

     

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  • Goodbye Oktoberfest

    October 13, 2016

    Well, it’s the start of October, and that means the curtains have come down on another fantastic Oktoberfest in Munich. The beer festival extravaganza takes place over a number of weeks in a 42 Hectare park called Theresienwiese. It is estimated that over 6 million people flock to the festival each year. This year the festival started on the 17th of September and finished on the 3rd of October.

    Oktoberfest has been in existence in some shape or form since 1810. When King Ludwig 1, married Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October 1810; the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the Royal celebrations. The festival is steeped in history and it should be on every beer or even culture lover’s bucket list.

    The wonderful beer served at Oktoberfest must be brewed within the city limits of Munich and they must adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, which are a strict set of regulations surrounding the amount of ingredients which can be used to brew German beer. These regulations have led to some mind numbingly delicious beers.

    Although Oktoberfest has drawn to a close and not everyone had the pleasure to attend the actual festival in Munich, you can still buy these premium Oktoberfest beers in your local Molloy’s Off License or online.

    Spatenbräu: Lovely amber in colour, with aromas of biscuit, spice and grassy hops. Excellent flavours of roasted biscuit malts with some delightful spicy hops.

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    Erdinger Oktoberfest: Lovely hazy golden colour, with some nice wheat and clove aromas. Some nice wheat, bread and toffee flavours.

     Buy Erdinger Oktoberfest Online

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