Vanguard Beer Collective


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Galway Hooker

about_squareGalway Hooker was established in 2006 by two first cousins, Aidan Murphy and Ronan Brennan. Aidan has over ten years experience in the brewing industry and has worked in several breweries around the world. He also holds a master’s degree in Brewing and Distilling. Ronan knows everything there is to know about craft beer and takes care of all our customers.

They consider beer to be like any other food: the fresher and less processed the better. Their beers are therefore devoid of any preservatives and are brewed using only malt, hops yeast and water. Aidan and Ronan are passionate about producing exciting and innovative beers that are bursting with flavour and character. Galway Hooker was the first permanent pale ale to be produced in Ireland and is widely regarded as a leading light in the Irish craft beer sector. It has now firmly established itself as a favourite amongst beer enthusiasts.

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Eight Degrees Brewing

brewersEight Degrees beers are handcrafted in the beautiful Ballyhoura region of north Cork, by Scott Baigent and Cam Wallace, a Kiwi and an Aussie. Their mission is to make modern interpretations of traditional Irish ale and lager styles, providing distinctive malt and hop characteristics for what they call ‘naturally adventurous’ beers.  The results are a range of full flavoured, tasty ales made from natural ingredients.

Not only have their beers have received rave reviews in the New York Times, Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Sunday Times, The Corkman, Food and Wine and Dubliner Magazines, but they recently took home a bronze medal at The World Beer Cup for their Amber-Ella.

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Wood Key Brewing


Brian Murphy and Simon Browne work in McHugh’s Off-licence on the Kilbarrack Road. McHugh’s were one of the very first shops to champion real beer, initially from abroad, and then Ireland when craft brewing took off. Brian and Simon took their expertise and opened Wood Key Brewing, determined to take your palate on a pilgrimage of flavour.

View Wood Key beers here.

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Craft Beer Locator Map


Welcome to our craft beer locator map.

Click on the breweries from the drop down menu on the left of the map to find craft beer near you!

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Craft Beer Staff Trainings

Let us help you get the most out of your Irish craft beer offerings.

It isn’t enough that craft breweries are popping up left and right all over Ireland.  Nor is it enough that the consumer is open and willing to try something new.  The success of the market depends on the knowledge and skills of the On and Off Premise staff who are selling craft beer.

James Winans, who hosts regular beer appreciation courses at the Dublin Bar Academy, is now offering craft beer training to all our customers at no extra cost. These trainings cover everything from beer styles and flavour profiles, to Irish brewery introductions and food pairings. Watch your craft beer sales rise as your employees offer a unique experience of knowledge and passion with every pint.

Consumers are looking to getting a little bit more out of their pint, they want an experience.  They want to know what is in their beer, they want to know who makes it and they want to know why it’s good.  This is where businesses need to step up if they are planning on stocking craft beer. It is the restaurants and pubs who show a real interest and passion for craft beer that move the most product.

We seek to create ambassadors with the knowledge, communication skills and, most importantly, the passion to inspire others to discover, respect and enjoy craft beer.

If you would like to schedule training for your staff please email
or ring Julie at (083) 175 1670.


Click here to learn more about the Dublin Bar Academy Beer Appreciation Courses.

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Follow the Randall

What is a Randall?

A Randall is a double chambered filter that allows you to infuse your favorite brew with all kinds of ingredients, like fresh hops for example.  It is an original invention of Dogfish Head Brewery, Delaware, USA, and we are lucky to have one of our own here at Vanguard.

At this year’s Beer Bloggers Conference not only were beer writers chatting up #EBBC14 all weekend, but there was plenty of Twitter talk about an inanimate object we all know and love as the Randall.  You see, James came up with this brilliant idea to put the Randall on tour to give people the opportunity to taste fresh hop infused craft beer in pubs all across Ireland. First stop was The Norseman (formally Farrington’s) as they poured Blacks of Kinsale KPA through Centennial hops.

It was during this Twitter beer banter that @DubBeerGirl and myself had a lightbulb moment thus #followtheRandall was born.  Now you can follow @VanguardRandall to find out where you the Randall will be next.

Currently, the lads at Simon Lambert & Son’s down in Wexford are hosting the @VanguardRandall and have enjoyed Bo Bristle’s IPA with Citra hops.  If you are a publican or restaurateur and are interested in featuring the Randall at your place give us a shout.

#followtheRandall @VanguardRandall

Want to learn more about the Randall? Visit Dogfish Head Brewery’s webpage here.

For the complete Randall user guide click here.


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Plum & Cider Popsicles

I don’t know about you but this heat is getting to me.  Perhaps these plum & Tempted? cider popsicles will do the trick.  Why make popsicles from anything else?

Another tasty treat from Chef and Food Stylist Jette Virdi.


2 fresh plums

1tsp vanilla paste/essence

1 bottle of Tempted? cider of your choice
We used the Dry Cider but any of them will do.  In fact, I recommend making a variety.



Cut plums into quarters removing stone and pop into a saucepan with a little water and the teaspoon of vanilla.



Cook on a very low heat until plums turn to mush and it turns quite thick rather than watery. Leave to cool.


Once cooled, split between the 4 popsicle makers and put into the freezer for 5 minutes. Take out and top up with cider then freeze overnight.


The result: Refreshingly sweet and tangy ice pops for those lazy Irish summer days.  Enjoy!



Jette Virdi is a regular contributor to Easy Food Magazine and Image Magazine and is co-founder of The Workshop People, a one-stop-workshop for an evening of bespoke food, DIY, meeting new people, plus a couple beverages, all under one roof.  You can follow Jette @WoodandC or visit her website

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Four Provinces Brew Co. Launch Party!

Join us in celebration of Four Provinces Brew Co’s first beer, The Hurler Copper Ale, this Thursday at L. Mulligan Grocer.  Come meet brewers Andrew and Feargal and enjoy some of their tasty new beer on us!

Who Four Provinces Brew Co.

What The Hurler Copper Ale Lanuch Party

Where L. Mulligan Grocer 18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

When Thursday 5 June 18:30

The Hurler Copper Ale will only be available at L. Mulligan Grocer until its official release 9 June. So this is your chance to be the first to try Ireland’s newest craft beer!

Reserve your case and/or keg now by emailing