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Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between Ales and Lagers? Why to barrel age a beer or why ‘hop bombs’ are only dangerous to your taste buds? We will be giving your a weekly beer education about what makes craft beer truly ‘Craft Beer’. Each week we will also post a new Beer Style of the Week.

There are currently 100+ different styles of beers out there and over the coming weeks and months we will go through many of these to give you a greater appreciation of the world of beer of beer and how immense it is.

We will also brush up your craft beer slang and terminology, brewing techniques, history of beer and the finer details that go into making a perfect pint. Pete, our head brewer, and your headmaster for this series will take you on this beer journey and first up is the first beer he brewed here: American Amber Ale.
Beer Style 1: American Amber Ale
A hoppy, moderate-strength American craft beer with a pronounced caramel malt character, ranging from amber to copper in colour.  It’s flavour and aroma showcases American and new world hop varieties and is supported by the malt sweetness of caramel malts. The balance between malty and hoppy can vary quite a bit depending in the brewer.


It originated on the West coast of the States in the 1970’s during the early American craft beer movement and was originally called a red ale. While it origins lay in American Pale Ales it is closer to an Irish Red Ale in terms of appearance and mouth feel however it’s the use of citrus/floral accented American hops that give it it’s unique flavour.

ABV: 4.5-6.2%
IBU’s: 25-40
Commercial Examples: Wicklow Wolf American Amber, Rogue American Amber Ale, Brew Dog 5AM Saint, Rascels Big Hop Red
Food pairings: BBQs, meat dishes, cheese
Hops: Any combination of hops to showcase American hop character
Malt: 2-Row Malted Barley, Caramel Malts, Dark Malts, Specialty Malts


It’s time you became acquainted with Pete, our head brewer who moved from Colorado to Bray to manage the everyday duties in the brewery.

Favourite Beer: Too many to choose from. I’d have to say Yuengling. It was the first beer I bought when I turned 21(US drinking age) living in PA and has a certain nostalgic factor for being the oldest brewery in the US.

Favourite Style: What day of the week is it?? Porter, Sour, Hefe, Belgian, etc. Everyone’s taste buds change over time and I for one am more than willing to taste and enjoy new beers/styles. No point to limit ones self to less choice!

Best thing about working at a brewery: Creating something for people to enjoy! It’s really fun that I can design and make anything that I want brew. However, there is also a deep personal vulnerability in knowing that people will love or criticize these artisanal beers that are being made with my bare hands. A job of passion!

First Homebrew: Hopped Amber Ale I think.

Hope for 2016: Travel and explore more of Europe! Such a diverse landscape of culture, history, food and of course BEER!


Say Hi to Etienne, our Assistant Brewer. Etienne is from Grenoble, France and helps Pete with his day-to day-duties including brewing, kegging and all things brewery related to ensure the beer keeps flowing.

Favourite brewery: The Kernel (amazing brewery in London)

Favourite beer style: American IPA/Double IPA/Black IPA (love the hops!)

Best thing about working in a brewery: Being treated like a rock star when I tell people I work at the Wicklow Wolf brewery (true story!)

What you wish/hope for in 2016: Try new beers, new breweries to discover… more beer!

What beer did you brew for your first ever home brew: A surprisingly good Scotch Ale for a first brew!

What brought you to Wicklow Wolf? When my wife was offered a job in Dublin, I though it was time for a change in my career. I asked myself what was the best way to integrate into the Irish culture and… beer was the answer! I found out about Wicklow Wolf shortly after settling in Dublin and fell in love with the Black Perle Porter. The brewery was looking for an assistant brewer and I already had some experience by home brewing. We met at the right time!


Sure we brew great beer but it has to be delivered to the bars. Meet Gordon who is our technician and all round top guy. He is responsible for tap installation, line cleaning, deliveries, sales calls and helping in the brewery as needed. Which he always is!

Favourite beer: Elevation Pale Ale

Favourite beer style: IPA

Best thing about working in a brewery? I’ve been working on the tech end for breweries for quite a few years but never had the hands on experience of brewing beers, or been in the working end of the breweries. Having a bit of craic with the lads and having been shown how beer is actually brewed.

Wish for 2016: To get the knee down (Motorbike enthusiasts will understand!)


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