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To be or not to be “Craft Beer”…and does it actually matter?

As the craft beer movement has moved towards the mainstream something of a backlash has begun against those that champion it over the standard mass market alternatives. Indeed, the dismissive use of the term “hipster” is usually not too far from any commentary on the rise in popularity of the craft beer industry and products. […]

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The argument in favour of Aer Lingus sale to IAG

There has been a huge amount of commentary in recent weeks around the proposed takeover of Aer Lingus by International Airlines Group (IAG) after much deliberation on the part of the government it now sadly looks like the proposal will be turned down by the government (and by default in totality as a result of […]

My Top 5 Beers of the Moment – Autumn / Winter 2014

Let’s Try This Again.. So I’ve been working on this craft beer blog for the last 2 years almost (admittedly most of that time was dedicated to *ahem cough* research) and it’s a little light on content so as a means of getting started again I am going to kickstart things with a simple subject […]

Economic Sovereignty and the Blame Game

Allow me to preface this blog by saying that I am not remotely extreme to the left or to the right in terms of my political views, I have no party affiliations and, whether I like or agree with them or not, I comply with the laws of the land. Additionally I have always felt […]

Kinnegar Brewing – accidental discovery to beer of the moment!

Kinnegar Brewing – accidental discovery to beer of the moment!

My first experimentation with Craft Beer came about around about 7/8 years ago on a trip to visit the folks who were living in western New York State at the time. Being extremely fussy about his choice of beers and having a dripping disdain for the industrial beers that invariable are common place in “lite” […]

KINNEGAR BREWING – ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERY TO BEER OF THE MOMENT!

My first experimentation with Craft Beer came about around about 7/8 years ago on a trip to visit the folks who were living in western New York State at the time. Being extremely fussy about his choice of beers and having a dripping disdain for the industrial beers that invariable are common place in “lite” […]

Destroying The Myth Of Business Travel Being Fun

As a now seasoned traveller for the purposes of work it occurs to me that certain truths exist about travelling for work that are really universal, apart from the look of disbelief when you tell people that don’t do much business travel, that it’s not actually all that much fun. The truth is that frequent […]

7 Signs that craft beer is turning me into my dad

So I may have mentioned a couple of times over that I am something of a superfan of the craft beers. Part of this comes from an insatiable need for something new and exciting beer-wise and part of it is to keep things interesting for myself, call it craft beer Russian roulette (always potentially one […]

5 Tips for Mobile Marketing Success

So you’re a small or perhaps not so small business and everyone is telling you that should be / go / do mobile but where do you start? Below is a selection of tips for mobile marketing success based on some experiences I have in a previous career. Not saying that all of these will […]

#PositiveIreland

For the last number of years the Irish economy has been in an unprecedented recession, from which it is only now emerging. Now more than ever,  having regained the control of the management of the economy from the IMF,  it is critical that the Irish diaspora push on with confidence and power the growth that’s […]