Tag: IPA

We’ve some great news for UK based members of our pack. ZOSO, our SMaSH red IPA, is coming to BrewDog bars across the UK in time for St Patrick’s Day. Like Brew Dog we’re passionate about brewing great beer because if it’s made better, it tastes better. Our passion shows in every brew and that’s why we’re excited to send our first ever canned beer to the UK as BrewDog serve up the best of Irish beer. ZOSO will feature alongside other great beers from fellow Irish brewers YellowBelly and Boundry Brewing  in the following bars:

BrewDog Camden
BrewDog Shoreditch
BrewDog Shepperd’s Bush
BrewDog Soho
BrewDog Clapham Junction

Rest of  the UK
BrewDog Glasgow (DogHouse Merchant City)
BrewDog Aberdeen
BrewDog Leeds
BrewDog Birmingham
BrewDog Brighton
BrewDog Liverpool
BrewDog Manchester
BrewDog Newcastle
BrewDog Norwich
BrewDog Cardiff

So UK beer drinkers, if a Wolf hasn’t cross your path yet, grab a can of our latest beer and welcome to the pack!


ZOSO Smash IPA is the latest limited edition Wolf to be released from the brewery and the reaction from people at the Alltech Brews Fair suggests it’s going to be another popular one. But what exactly is a Smash IPA?

Smash stands for Single Malt and Single Hop. The idea is to break down brewing to its basic elements in order to highlight the flavour of a single malt and a single hop. For us it was a great experience brewing it. For the beer drinkers it allows you to appreciate and understand what one hop and one malt can bring to a beer. This form of brewing doesn’t suit every beer style and works best with IPAs, lagers such as Pilsner and Vienna, Saisons and Dunkels.


Rather than packing our latest IPA with a wide variety of hops we went back to basics to deliver a unique, intense beer. With only two ingredients brewers need to choose wisely in order to deliver a flavoursome beer and we’ve done just that. We ventured high into the Colorado Rocky Mountains to get our hands on a small batch of ZOSO Hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm, who’ve been harvesting this unique hop for only two years. In fact ZOSO is the only beer brewed in Europe with the hop of the same name!

We then headed East to Germany for RED-X, a special base malt from Best Malz, which delivers the malty backbone to balance the intense hopping.

This sunset red tinted beer is our first canned beer and comes in at ALC 5.2% and 53 IBU’s with unique notes of tangerine and sweet grapefruit and resiny bitterness. As for the name, ZOSO was the ancient name for Saturn, and we think you’ll agree this beer is out of this world!



In addition to our beer style of the week and as part of our education series we will be looking at the terminology of beer. Many of you will have seen IBU listed on the side of your favourite craft beer. Some will know what this means, some will know what it stands for but not what it relates to while some may to too busy enjoying the beer to read the label! So read on if you want to be enlightened….

IBU stands for International Bittering Units which is a scale used to calculate how much bitterness is in a given beer. The IBU scale factors in the bittering potential from the hops added to a beer. A standard Lager will have 8-20, Pale Ales 25-40, and IPA’s can be 40-100+ IBU’s. While you may see some beers listed 100+ IBU’s there is actually a saturation limit to how much hop oils can be in solution. There is also ongoing discussions as to what is actually the upper limit to what the human taste can perceive. People claim we cant really taste much beyond 80-100 IBU’s. Here’s a little twist though. A really malty sweet beer can have a really high IBU number but not taste as bitter as a smaller beer with a lower IBU. Balance can be key.

So as you find the beers that you enjoy the most you may well also discover they fall into a certain IBU range. Until next time….



We are finally getting a season that other countries would recognise as a summer. No doubt you’re all out working on your tan and enjoying a cold one with your BBQ. And while you should be taking good care of your skin with plenty of sun-tan lotion you should also avoid exposing your beer to the sun as well. No, liberal application of factor 30 to your bottle of beer won’t help.

While you may love it the last thing your beer wants to do is to sit out soaking in some rays. Your beer is being ‘skunked’ right before your eyes. The process can happen quite fast, quicker for more heavily hopped beers. The suns UV rays break down hop compounds to literally produce the same chemical that skunks spray out their backsides! It’s not as intense in the beer thankfully but it will still change it. Brown bottles are a good way to protect the beer inside but green and especially clear glass give little to no protection from UV rays.

We’ve done the side by side taste tests and for a moderate hoppy pale ale it only takes a few minutes for the beer to noticeably change flavour.

Enjoy the sun, but shade your 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!)


The beer everyone is talking about will be available on tap in the following bars:

Harbour Bar: 1 Strand Road, Bray

O’Connors: Abbey Street, Wicklow Town

The Magpie: 115 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin

The Taphouse: 60 Ranelagh, Dublin 6

The Bankers: Trinity Street, Dublin 2

L.Mulligan. Grocer: 18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 1

57 The Headline Bar: Leonards Corner Dublin 8

Alfie Byrnes, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

Against the Grain, 11 Wexford St, Dublin 2

Beer Market, 13 High St, Dublin 8

McHughs, 25E Malahide Road, Artane, Dublin 5 (Growler Station)

Tully’s Bar, 148-, 149 Tullow St, Carlow

Cissie Youngs, 80 Bandon Rd, Cork

Abbott’s Alehouse, 17 Devonshire St, Cork

On Wednesday we got a phone call from RTE’s Liveline to go on air to defend why we called our latest IPA ‘Children of the Revolution’. It’s blatantly obvious Children of the Revolution is not aimed at young drinkers, or any of our beers for that matter. We didn’t want to court publicity and the name isn’t a cynical attempt to do so. As we said from the beginning this beer is more than just about the 1916 Rising.

It’s about recognising how much cultural change this country has seen in the form of religious tolerance, civil liberties and marriage equality as well as a nod to T-Rex’s lyrics and acknowledging we are in the midst of a craft beer revolution. We want to thank everyone for the messages of support we got on social media and offline, it was tremendous.

In saying all that, as it says on the bottle “The Bitterness Ends Here” and that’s why these bottles are for you Joe. You’re always welcome to the brewery to pick them up and we’ll show you around.




We the children of the revolution want to mark in our own small way the bravery and vision of our country men and women who made possible the Ireland we live in today.

In the last 100 years the cultural revolution, which begun on the steps of the GPO and whose seeds were sown in the words read out that day, have shaped the Ireland we live in today. A country of religious tolerance, civil liberties and marriage equality. A nation that has left its mark on the world when it comes to it’s people, it’s culture, music and arts.

Now the brewing revolution is upon us as people liberate their taste buds. For decades Irish beer drinkers have known nothing else but the “choices” provided by a handful of big brewers. They have broken free from the shackles of from bland, tasteless mass produced beers. The era of the brewing absolutism is over.

This is a revolution led by the people and their unfettered search for great tasting beer. A revolution led by brewers who aren’t afraid to try something different, to experiment and create exciting, flavoursome beers. Not led by marketing from big brewing. Children of the Revolution flies the flag for liberty, choice and flavour. It’s a beer brewed as an advocate for what real Irish beer should taste like.

“But you won’t fool the children of the revolution
No you won’t fool the children of the revolution”

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