Back in May, I wrote that it was very likely we would see Hardknott beers in Ireland. It has been a long few months for Dave trying to get the best deal he could with a distributor but he finally worked one out and Hardknott beer is officially available in Ireland now. They originally appeared at the Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention in July, where they won a couple of bronze medals in the Dublin Beer Cup. Shortly afterwards, the beer was available in bottle with the excellent, blue cheese pairing Queboid on tap in W.J Kavanagh's and possibly the sister pub L. Mulligan Grocer.
The distributor in question is Four Corners, who already distribute beer with a similar ethos to Hardknott such as Brewdog, Mikkeller, Nøgne Ø and many more. They are the perfect match in my opinion.
They are available in select bottle shops around the country, I would imagine anywhere that sells the beers I mention above is likely to start stocking Hardknott. You can order from Drinkstore.ie and they will deliver anywhere on the island of Ireland.
Here's some of the press release below if you're interested. I get a mention which is pretty nice. Dave's a very decent chap and a great person to have a few pints with, as is his wife Anne. Also, read his blog!
The first shipment of 3500 bottles of the beer arrived in Ireland last month and Hardknott Brewery boss Dave Bailey said these would be the first of many. Mr Bailey is known in the UK not just as a brewer, but also as a passionate and opinionated advocate of craft beer innovation. He is also a well-known beer blogger and sits on the committee of the British Guild of Beer Writers.He said: “We want to do things differently and always come up with something new for our customers to get excited about. That's what has made us successful, whether it is in Ireland, England, Europe or anywhere else. It's about being cutting edge and not being afraid to try and create something that will really make people sit up and take notice."We are a leading craft brewer and we want people who drink our beer to taste it and realise just how exciting and vibrant beer can be. Beer shouldn't just be an unmemorable adjunct to a night out with friends. Indeed, the best beer should be a talking point, something that helps create a buzz."Fourcorners are rightly very choosy about the breweries they list and they want to make sure they are getting the best beer they can to pass onto their customers. I am sure Hardknott is going to stand up to that test."The Irish people are very personable and they like to do business face-to-face, which is an approach I really respect, admire and enjoy. We have loved having the chance to visit Ireland three times this year and get to know the country and some of the great people who live there.“In particular we would like to say a big thank you to our long-standing beery friends; John who writes The Beer Nut blog and his fellow blogger Reuben Gray who writes The Tale of Ale. Colin Hession from the L Mulligan Grocer pub in Stoney Batter, Dublin, was hugely helpful in introducing us to lots of great people and of course I can’t forget Grainne and all the rest at the wonderful Metalman Brewing team.”Describing the beers now available in Ireland he said: “Continuum, which is a sessionable 4%, is a very tasty American style pale ale. Azimuth at 5.8% is a delicious IPA, brimming with American and New Zealand hops blended to give great apricot flavours and aromas. Infra Red is influenced by beers I found during a trip to Oregon, but we have added darker malts to give a ‘Red IPA’ with an intense depth of flavour. Queboid is a “Belgique IPA” with a huge hop hit from Hardknott’s favourite hops opposed by a slightly crazy yeast similar to that used by Belgian monks for Trappiste beers.”