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  • Low calories drinks to beat the bulge

    February 16, 2019

    Here are some tipples that are a perfect to complement your diet. These are a few we think you should try.

    “Diet” Beers

    hufi gluten free beer can Hufi Gluten Free Beer

    In general, beer has been considered the worst possible alcoholic drink one can consume. Packed with gluten, yeast and grains, beers commonly cause inflammation and bloating for those who imbibe in it. In recent years however, in an attempt to shake off the “unhealthy” label, beer makers have been coming up with calorie restricted beers that taste just like beer. Hufi is one such beer. With only 93 calories per bottle, this guilt free brew tastes great and considering with standard beers your ingesting between 144-220 calories, is a dieters best friend. Another low calorie beer we recommend is Skinny Lager. This is a full flavour, full strength lager with half the calories which has become hugely popular in the UK particularly among athletes trying to avoid empty calories.

     

    Wines that won’t ruin a waistline

    Wine bottle with measuring tape around neck
    Although beer is considered the worst for your waistline, wines are not far behind. On average, your standard glass of wine has 125 calories but this can go all the way up to 200 depending on your bottle of choice. Much like beer, your body has to burn off alcohol and carbs from the wine before it can burn off any fat you’re storing, making it tough on your waistline. As a rule of thumb we recommend you drink white rather than red if your aim is to lower your calorie intake. Within white wines, those with lower alcohol (9-12 %ABV) will work out about 110-140 calories per 175ml glass. You will find these typically come from northern Europe or cooler regions. Seek out Pinot Grigio and other Italian whites, and also Spain's Albarino. One wine we can recommend is our Sutter Home White Zinfandel, which has only 70 calories per glass. It's also worth noting that a glass of Prosecco is actually lower in calories than a white wine. If that’s not an excuse to break out the bubbles we don’t know what is!

     

    The best of a bad bunch

    two glasses of norcal Margarita NorCal Margarita

    Spirits have the least impact on the waistline according to most dietitians, as they contain the least amount of calories. On average a standard serving of the classic spirits contains about 64 calories. Again, there are a few do’s and don'ts with spirits. For instance, instead of using full fat soft drinks as mixers instead use diet and sugar-free alternatives, the best being soda water and sparkling water. Of all the classic spirits, tequila is said to be the least harm to your waistline, as its the only spirit not derived from grains. So our drink recommendation is the NorCal Margarita from Paleo pioneer Rob Wolfe. Here’s the recipe;

    Ingredients:
    1 Lime
    Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila

    Soda Water or Sparkling Mineral Water
    Ice
    1 Tall Glass

    Directions:
    Fill glass with ice
    Add 3 ounces of tequila
    Juice half of your lime into the glass
    Top with soda water
    Garnish with a lemon wedge

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  • Valentine's Day - Drink PINK! - Gift Ideas

    February 10, 2019

    Valentines Days is just around the corner and we have some excellent Valentines Day gifts that are perfect for you Valentine this year!

    Spirits:

    Gordons Pink Gin

    HaPenny Rhubarb Gin 70cl 41%

    Boe Violet Gin 70cl

    Pinksters Raspberry Gin 70cl

    Collagin Gin 50cl

    Champagne & Prosecco

    Moët & Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne 750ml

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé

    Moët & Chandon Rosé Champagne (NV) 750ml

    Bottega Gold Prosecco

    Gifts for Him

    Writers Tears Mini Gift Book

    World Craft Beer Sampler 6 x 33cl

    Cantastic Ireland - 8Pk (440ml) Cans in Gift Box

    World Beer 12Pk (330ml cans) in Gift Box

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  • Low Calorie Beer and Wine Part 1

    January 23, 2019

    As we head toward the end of January a lot of us took this month to cut back and set some new goals when it comes to enjoying a few drinks. WE are here to help you keep those goals and reolutions going strong without sacfrificing quality and taste.  At Molloys we have a large range of Low-Calorie beers, wines, and ciders to help maintain that smashing figure you worked so hard to get back after an over indulging Christmas Season!

    Beers

    Craft Beers

    Brewdog Dead Pony Ale: https://molloys.ie/brewdog-dead-pony-club-330ml-can-1948
    Calories ABV: 3.8% Calories: 118
    Dive in and the toasted malt base soon yields to a huge box-fresh hop hit, washing tropical fruit, floral garlands and spicy undertones all over your palate.Inspired by US-Style pale ales, Dead Pony is a low amplitude, high voltage hop hit; California dreaming for the craft beer generation.

    Ballast Point Mango Even Keelhttps://molloys.ie/ballast-point-mango-even-keel-355ml-can
    Calories ABV: 3.8% Calories: 130
    The perfect balance of fruit and hops. Our Mango Even Keel is the ideal beer for easy drinking. This hoppy, session ale gets a flavor boost from mango, which perfectly plays off the citrusy hop bouquet. With fruit, hops, and a low ABV, this beer truly is on another level.

    Sierra Nevada Otra Vezhttps://molloys.ie/sierra-nevada-otra-vez-gose-ale-335ml-can
    Calories ABV: 4.5% Calories: 139
    Otra Vez means “another time,” and for Sierra Nevada that time is early California when beers were made from local ingredients. The brewery trialed various native produce searching for great flavors. Prickly pear cactus flourishes in the state’s arid deserts, and grapefruit fills the Central Valley’s flats. Together their fruity-tangy blend makes Otra Vez, whose tartness is true to the gose style, pop with character.

    Stone Got to IPA: https://molloys.ie/stone-go-to-ipa
    Calories ABV: 4.7% Calories: 145
    For Stone Go To IPA, we embrace our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a session IPA that delivers all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employ hop bursting, a technique wherein an irrational amount of hops is added during the final phase of the brewing process to bring out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness. The result is an alpha-acid-rich beer that fans can enjoy more of without missing out on the assertive hop character you, like us, crave. So, sit back and go two with your new everyday go-to IPA and bask along with us in the glory of the almighty hop.

    Founders All Day IPA: https://molloys.ie/founders-all-day-ipa-35-5cl
    Calories ABV: 4.7% Calories: 147
    The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.

     

    BEER & CIDER

    hufi gluten free beer can Hufi Gluten Free Beer

    ALL AVAILABLE IN STORE
    Heineken Light 500ml: cal 110
    Hufi (gluten free) 500ml: cal 140
    Bud Light 500ml: cal 145
    Rockshore Irish Lager 500ml: cal 145
    Coors Light 500ml: cal 160
    Corona Light 33cl btl: cal 99
    CIDER
    Orchard Thieves Light 500ml: cal 140
    Bulmers Light 500ml: cal 156

    Wines

    Weight Watchers Wines

    Weight Watchers
    Fruity White Wine
    ABV:9.0% WW points - 1 Only 80 calories per 125 ml glass
    Produced in Germany. Made with grapes that are harvested early, this wine is slighter lower in alcohol content. The wine is deliciously smooth and full of apple and pear flavour.

    Refreshing Rose Wine
    ABV:9.0% WW points - 1 Only 75 calories per 125 ml glass
    Produced in Germany. Made with grapes that are harvested early, this wine is slighter lower in alcohol content. Lively & refreshing with raspberry & cherry flavours. Serve chilled.

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  • Molloys Christmas Gift Guide 2018

    November 20, 2018

    Christmas is an opportunity to say thank you to customers, colleagues & friends. A gift of wine, spirits or craft beer is a welcome gift that almost everybody will be happy to receive.

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  • Top 30 Stores in Ireland - Molloys Tallaght - Retail Excellence

    November 7, 2018

    Molloys Tallaght has been named to the 2018 Retail Excellence Top30 Stores Retailers.

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  • "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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  • 5 Ciders To Get You Through The Irish Heatwave

    June 27, 2018

    SAVANNA DRY

    Savanna Dry is a South African Cider that was first produced in the Elgin Valley in 1996 and has since become the third biggest cider brand in the world. This clear, refreshing and dry tasting cider takes only two weeks to produce and during this period; the product is run through a micro-filtration process where it is triple filtered and double chilled. On a hot day there are not many drinks as refreshing as an ice-cold bottle of Savanna as you can tell from the image below.

    savanna dry cider poster

    ÄLSKA
    Its makers say ÄLSKA is all about pure love and top quality and they have been spreading this pure love around the world since 2012. ÄLSKA, which means love in Swedish, is probably the best fruit cider I’ve ever tasted with the Strawberry & Lime and Passionfruit ciders being particular standouts. Its also the only product within its competitive set to be vegan, gluten-free and natural. All the more reason to love ÄLSKA.

    alska cider bottlesSHEPPY'S

    Sheppy's are one of the oldest premium craft cider making families in the world with over 200 years experience crafting classic Somerset cider. With flavors including raspberry, original cloudy and elderflower, Sheppy's are perfect for cider fans who are looking for something a little different to sip on this summer.

    sheepys cidersTEMPTED CIDER

    Tempted Cider is made in Armagh by one of the world's most renowned cider making families. They use Armagh Bramley apples which have earned Protected Geographical Indication status by the EU for their unique, sharp, clean taste. The Uprichard family also source special cider apple varieties from Co.Tipperary so as to include only the finest quality apples in the finished product.

    tempted cidersJACK DANIELS CIDER

    Recently launched in Ireland, Jack Daniels Cider is not like any cider I’ve tasted before. The unmistakable flavour of Jack Daniel’s still runs to the core with this new drink, while blending crisp handpicked apples for a refreshing twist. Jack Daniels describe the drink as "crisp and lightly spiced with hints of caramel and vanilla", and, although it might not be for everyone, it's probably the most distinctive cider I’ve tasted and a must try for fans of the whisky.

    jack daniels cider and an apple

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  • Meet Jean-Claude Mas & His Wines

    June 21, 2018

    Meet Jean-Claude Mas:

    Charismatic French estate owner’ is how he has been described.  He is perhaps the most eminent and respected winemaker/estate owners in France’s Languedoc. While over 70% of this region’s production is from co-operatives, Jean-Claude Mas prefers to craft his own, special wines.   Earlier this year, The Irish Times’ wine critic, John Wilson, singled him out as being a great winemaker who could equally make very affordable wines.

    Jean Claude mas and his sports car

    ‘Good value wines’ is what we are all about in Molloys.  We count ourselves extremely lucky to be the exclusive importer of several of his labels. We’ve been buying directly from Domaines Paul Mas (named after his great-grandfather) for several years.

    One of our most popular and longstanding ranges is Domaine Claude Val, a range of four solid varietals (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet), offering exceptional, reliable, everyday value wines.

     

    Last year we introduced Claude Val Organic wines, in red and white, with a good reaction from the press, and more importantly, our customers.  Farming his vineyards organically is a big focus for Jean-Claude, and he plans to be fully organic in his vineyards by 2020.  Mildew and rot are one of the biggest problems facing grape growers, but in the dry Languedoc, rot is rarely an issue.  Hence, the vineyards can be farmed very naturally, without any artificial pesticides or chemicals.  He is also moving towards sulfur-free wines.

    Jean Claude Mas and his wines

    dA Malbec is another popular seller.  It really over-delivers on quality at the price and makes a perfect red wine for steak (so our customers tell us!).  Although it reads as ‘Da’ (and possibly a perfect wine for Father’s Day), it’s short for “d’Astruc” as it’s from the Astruc vineyard.

    Château Martinolles is another of his ten estates, this one in Limoux, a relatively cool region which funnels cool area from the west.  If you are looking for a special occasion wine that won’t break the bank, both the red and the white have been bombarded with praise in the press in the last year.

    Ch. Martinolles white was chosen as one of the ‘100 best wines to drink’ in 2018 by John Wilson, of The Irish Times.  (…sounds like a good ‘bucket-list’!)

    Jean-Claude Mas was born into wine in the Languedoc.  Although the Languedoc isn’t as famous as other French regions, Jean-Claude is keen to point out “in markets where consumers are more discerning, they recognize that there can be good wine at a good price – so they are more adventurous.”  Domaines Paul Mas extends to 1500 acres across the Languedoc in the south of France.  It includes more than ten estates.

    vinyard in france

    At the age of three, during the harvest, he escaped from his mother and ran 2.5 km to meet his grandfather in the cellar!    He is renowned for perfection and attention to detail.  Not happy with the local restaurants, he decided to build his own on the estate.   He is fiercely proud of the rugged natural landscape and way of life in his area – ‘rural luxury’ he calls it.

    Why not try a little ‘rural luxury’ yourself.  Available exclusively at www.molloys.ie and in-store.

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  • Molloy's Neil Kelly In Shelflife Magazine June 2018

    June 5, 2018

    The following is an excerpt from Shelflife Magazine's "My Favourites" column written by our own Neil Kelly. The article will appear in the June 2018 edition of the popular retail industry magazine.

    Jean claude paul mas and his wines

    It’s hard to beat dining and relaxing outside in the spring and summer nights; enjoying the balmy evenings waiting on the stars to come out, spending time with loved ones while sharing a tipple and some delicious food. It’s a fantastic way to unwind and I really look forward to those opportunities in the coming months; weather permitting. I decided to stray from the norm of what our customers would generally tend to trend towards like cooler lighter wines and icy cocktails for those evenings and go with two of my favourites that I feel are great for sharing and I think will go down a treat at dusk. A red wine that I particularly favour and recommend to our customers is the Chateau Paul Mas Clos de Mûres. The wine is a blend of Shiraz Grenache and Mourvedre grape that is simply superb and its quality high exceeds its retail price (€16.99 from our stores) and is an excellent alternative to the more pricey wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This has a lovely floral aroma on the nose and tastes of juicy plummy fruit flavours, spicy oak (from the nine months of barrel aging and three types of barrel) and smooth persistent tannins. It pairs beautifully with full-bodied cheeses like Dubliner or Parmaigiano Reggiano and even the lighter creamier styles like Port Salut. A lovely bottle to savour and share; you won’t be disappointed.

    Anyone who has worked with me knows how much I champion Green Spot whiskey. It has so much to offer and is a fantastic introduction to whiskey. Green Spot is a pot still whiskey which is the traditional method for whiskey production in Ireland. It is aged in new bourbon, second fill bourbon, and sherry casks for 7-11 years. Green Spot is a pretty versatile drink and caters to many tastes. It is not overpowering and has a rich complexity and smoothness which won’t offend. It has notes of fresh green apple, freshly cut grass, some peppery notes, toffee and some minerality. Who knew spring could come in a whiskey bottle! This is just unbelievably smooth on the palate and is full of fruits like apples, pears with some honey, oak, vanilla and some spicy heat. In fact, you will discover new flavours with every drop. It has a long, smooth oily finish. Great as an aperitif with some dark chocolate, share this with friends. There is no need for new whiskey drinkers to be intimidated. Green Spot has a fantastic history in Ireland going back over 100 years and I urge people to check it out. I hope you’ll give these a try. Green Spot is available for €57.

    whiskey tasterNeil Kelly one of Molloys most knowledgeable whiskey sellers with years and years experience in selling and sampling whiskey and a regular contributor to various drinks industry magazines and online publications.

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  • Top Six Flavoured Gins To Buy Right Now

    May 16, 2018

     

    gordons pink gin and gin glass

    Gordon's Pink Gin, 37.5%

    Made with natural flavourings & inspired by Gordon's original 1880 pink gin recipe - Gordon's premium pink distilled gin balances the refreshing taste of Gordon's with the sweetness of raspberries and strawberries and a tang of redcurrant. One of our most popular products - right now you can get this Gin on sale. And if that’s not enough for this week only anyone who orders get a beautiful Gordon’s gin Copa glass (pictured) absolutely free.

    wexford strawberry gin

    Wexford Irish Strawberry Gin, 40%

    The county of Wexford is located on the lower side of Ireland’s east coast, about a two hour drive away from Dublin. The region is known for their succulent strawberries come summertime and they sure do put them to good use - by infusing them into a bottle of delicious gin. The strawberries are grown just outside of Enniscorthy (of Brooklyn fame) and soaked in the gin to give it its delectable pink hue.

     

    whitley neill gin and glass

    Whitley Neill Quince, 43%

    While some gins are subtle, others have flavours that scream “notice me”. Made using real quince fruit juice, this gin is both sweet and strong. Ripe apple notes work well with the flavour of this gin which is delicious when drank neat and also with a mixer. Though you can mix with tonic or soda, the makers of Whitley Neill suggest a ‘Persian Cooler’ with orange juice and red wine. A gin you are not likely to forget in a hurry.

     

    pinksters gin with glass and raspberries

    Pinksters Raspberry Gin, 37.5%

    A kitchen table, a frustrated accountant and a bottle of gin. We love a product with humble beginnings and the Pinksters story is just that. It all came about when founder Stephen Marsh realized wine and beer no longer agreed with him. Stephen turned his attention to spirits and started experimenting at home, mashing assorted fruits with different spirit strengths. His intention was not to create a pink gin, it's just that after working his way through an entire fruit bowl, raspberry delivered the best flavour. As well as tasting great, this is the kind of gin we would purchase solely for the Instagram pics as it looks beautiful too.

     

    bathtub gin and glass with ice

    Bathtub Gin, 43.3%

    Bathtub gin is made using a traditional method called cold compounding. The striking flavour is made from hints of coriander, cardamom, juniper, cassia, orange peel and clove. This award-winning gin is one to add to your must-try list. Excellent with dry tonic and a dash of elderflower.

    boe violet gin

     

     

    Boe Violet Gin, 41.5%

    Boe Gin is an award winning Gin infused with violets to create Boe Violet Gin. The addition of violets creates a stylish gin with a light, delicate taste and beautiful colour and aroma. Best enjoyed with a light tonic this eye-catching gin is flying off our shelves since we started stocking it in recent weeks.

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