I'm Reuben Gray and I'm an Irish beer writer based in Dublin who loves beer with a passion. I love beer so much so that as well as drink it and write about it, I also brew it and perhaps one day would love to do so for a living. I currently do freelance writing for publications upon request. Examples include a monthly column on FFT magazine and submissions on TheJournal.ie and I'm also the editor and publisher of Beoir Magazine.
When I travel, I travel with beer in mind. My destinations always start with me finding out where the good beer is and then figuring out how to get there before I pick a hotel.
I started this blog at the end of 2008 with my first post in January 2009. I had recently met a Scottish man called Al and it turned out he wrote about beer on his blog called Fuggled. I had been thinking about brewing beer for a while and Al was considering the same so when I got back from the US that Christmas I started this blog with details of my first home brewed beer followed by my trip to Alabama and New Orleans and then it continued on from there.
My original reasons for the blog were personal. It was a personal log of my brewing and drinking. It has since become more than that and I use my blog like a beer evangelist by spreading the good word about beer.
On July 1st 2010, my group of homebrewing beer lovers from irishcraftbrewer.com changed to become Beoir. No longer just people who love beer and brew their own beer, we are now a non profit consumer group with the goal of promoting craft or micro brewed beer in Ireland. What we want to see is Irish craft beer available nationwide. While we do concentrate on Irish breweries, we are all about good beer in general and fully support foreign beer. Essentially we are all about more choice, driven by the fact that almost every pub in Ireland sells the same beer, the usual suspects as I call them.
In July 2013, I was elected as Chairman of Beoir. This means it is my responsibility to see Beoir grow and also to continue to raise awareness of independent Irish breweries in Ireland and indeed abroad. Since Beoir is now also a member of the EBCU, I will be responsible, along with the other Beoir officials in becoming more involved at a European level.
My purpose now is to write about the positive aspects of beer which far outweigh the negative and usually misleading and false bad press that beer is getting from the media these days.
I recently set up a new jobs website called Brewery Jobs Ireland. It can be found on breweryjobs.ie and is hoped to fill the gap in the market for a dedicated brewery jobs website. Hopefully it will become useful to breweries and job seekers alike.
I hope you enjoy reading my articles and please feel free to comment both negative and positive or to contact me via email, twitter or facebook.
Pauline Browne - Marketing Director and Retail Specialist
I'm also a keen amateur photographer. I look after the official Beoir photography at events and post the images on the Beoir flickr page.
My own personal flickr page is where I post non-beer related images.