Øl, Øl, Øl…Copenhagen Øl Diaries!

Dear København,

I’d like to express my thanks for opening your arms to us this weekend. You made us feel welcome, you quenched our never-ending thirst for great craft beer beverages, you gave us the taste of a normal life and made us feel alive once again.

We’ll be back (please don’t take it as a threat).

Yours sincerely,

Some very happy beer heads from Ireland.

P.S.: We are leaving with empty wallets – but with full bags of memories (and some thankfully unexploded beers too.)


‘Twas a love at first sip.

We all know the world’s story. We can’t travel as much or as comfortably. We are all exhausted and dog-tired after the last year and many months of we-all-know-what-but-let’s-not-say-its-name. I am sceptically grabbing my suitcase that is prepared to travel to Denmark for the last 2 years and sadly put on hold many times ever since. Getting to the airport, almost missing our flight and perfectly replicating the airport running scene from Home Alone 2 (or any other movie, really)…sure why would you not spice it up and mix in some adrenaline to it?!

Here we are, Copenhagen. We made it. Finally. And we are ready to experience what you have to offer. And dear, oh dear, you sure do have a lot in your pockets!

Øl, Øl, Øl…

Pubs? Holy Moly! It’s like having Underdog (miss you, guys!) in every corner of the town. When you are walking into a pub and can’t close your mouth over the selection your face is constantly slapped with. Impressed, overwhelmed, very thirsty and jealous.

Copenhagen = MUST visit and will certainly visit AGAIN.

Here are some quick highlights of our city beer wanderings:

After our first skål in Bootleggers, we are hitting the Aslin’s tap takeover in Peders. 61 different draft choices in Taphouse – where flashing the lights is not a sign for the last orders, but for a new beer freshly tapped. Nice & cosy family atmosphere in Godt Øl as our refreshment station after walking through the Copenhagen streets, being tourists as you do, sucked into a traditional craft place Lord Nelson, heading to check out Skaal with yet another impressive 48 draft beers available. To Øl’s BRUS has to be included (at least the brewpub visit, but the brewery is already on the list for next time!). Crowd of MBCC survivors hangovering together and jumping back on the horse in Warpigs on Sunday (the weather is just amazing, imagine one of those sunny days in Ireland!), moving onto Fermentoren and having to pay a visit to Viktoriagade which is the very first spot of the Mikkeller’s bar imperium. Oh let’s not forget the Kihøskh – an innocent-looking shop that hides its real gems in the downstairs cellar. Just go in if you are in Copenhagen. Just do it. And while you are there, drop in to their Rbaba’rrab pub just across the road too.

And when you are about to realize that your beer trip is nearly over, the airport will warmly hug you with one last taste of crafty Denmark in Mikkeller’s airport location. You can quietly enjoy your final drink while crying inside, planning your beer detox for the rest of the year, and whispering your last skål to the country that won over your heart in such a short period of time. I’ll be back, Denmark, I will. This is not a farewell, this is just a healthy little break for our passionate relationship.

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie – Skål!

Crescendo of the hazy. 5 Shades of IPA


My favourite style to drink any day is definitely IPA (what a boring stereotype, I know!). There is plenty on the market and the options are endless, sometimes shocking. Last week cheered me up with many new brews brought out and at the end my shopping basket selection looked very…sad. Here we go again, I filled it with mostly IPAs…

BUT WHAT IPAs! The tasting results made me extremely happy at the end (for sure supported with the crazy ABV numbers I gradually climbed up). These are the highlights of my past week or shall we say ‘crescendo’ of the hazy & boozy


Early bird gets the worm, but who wants the warm if you can have this juicy micro IPA? The micro IPA season is officially on and it is joyful to see breweries being back at it again. The winter was dark and long enough, and there will always be a special space in a day for a good dark warming brew, but let’s break it for now with something super easy to drink!

One of the first thirst-quenchers of the year is coming from Dot Brew and I must agree that it is very difficult to get the low-abv beers done well without losing the flavour and body. Nice and easy drinking. All day along sipper. Pints on the terrace would be flowing, sitting there, sipping this and waching people getting their first sunburn of the year. (Yeah let’s keep pub-dreaming!)  


I’ve had a great opportunity to be a part of a little collab brew with Brú Brewery last year and our take on a single hop IPA using Nelson Sauvin worked out very well! I discovered the beauty of this New Zealand hop and since then I am always very excited to taste a different take on using this hop in a different way by different breweries out there. Here we have Bruce’s Hazy NZ IPA coming from Rascals as the latest one and I couldn’t wait to taste it!

Pouring hazy – but not murky jaysus-it’s-dirty hazy – beautiful haziness in the glass. Combo of the blend of Bruce freestyle hops (Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Pacific Jade and Pacifica) with a boost of Nelson Sauvin both in a whirpool and heavily dry-hopped during the fermentation. You have these qualities of wine alongside with some tropical and citrusy flavours coming through and it makes this beer very satisfying and pretty amazing I must say, honestly!

Chur Bro!


Shouting is somehow very satisfying and so is this latest DIPA from Stone Barrel screaming for an attention. Shouting so loud that I couldn’t just ignore it. Let’s step it up with 7.5% ABV, we are half-way through the week and this sounds like a reasonable mid-point ABV of the selection.

Smooth is the first word that pops into my mind. Went down very well, packed with hoppy flavours, tropical mood to it and once again hazy in the glass. Well-made DIPA on the market that will be enjoyed by many IPA lovers, hiding it’s higher (but not crazy) ABV too well and you’ll just want to have one more, because it’s sooo good!


Making its comeback, I was delighted to see more of Headlines on the market! I got my first can late in 2020 after its release, got to taste it early this year and was very happy with the result. It’s back now and all I can say is get it if you haven’t tasted it yet.

Hazy as-f, juicy as-f, big and bold. Definitely the newspapers’ first page material. Even in these weird virtual times, there is always a way to get a great collaboration done! This idea of a big collab brew was born at the first Fidelity festival back in 2019 and something is brewing for this year (let’s not jinx it because it’s one of a very few actual events so far in my diary to be looking forward to this year).


Quadzilla vs. Ping Pong: One monster of a battle but honestly you can’t fight Quadzilla. QIPA (sounds pretty cool) from To Øl.

Pretty scared to crack this one open, but not a single regret. And no regret that I decided to share this one, because it was one beast from Denmark. Be careful there with 13% ABV. This one was just big on everything you wish for – big on volume, big on hops, big on flavour, big on juice and big on haze. Slightly sweeter taste to it (considering its % fair to expect) so makes the perfect dessert. Beast after dinner feast. Puts you in bed quietly (or respectively you’ll fall asleep on the couch, all happy, not really willing to move to bed anymore).

Another round of beers that I took out for a walk (within my 5k circle, of course) came to its end.

Until the next one.

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

Beer in a week…or my week in a beer!

I’m back!

And jumping right into bringing my little write-ups about some beer highlights that I tasted. (But to be honest – mainly to make my little brother jealous about what kind of beers I can easily have, and he can’t!)

Last week of February brought out not only sunshine to my days, but also some beautiful brews that have just been released recently and I was very excited to taste them. Shall we see what’s in the basket this past week?

To Øl – Kokomo – Berliner Weisse 5% ABV

What a refreshing beverage to start with! I used to absolutely hate sour beers before (and I would slap my face for saying this now!). My tasting pallets thankfully opened (you know – training makes perfect and I feel like a champion considering the amount of beers drank!) and I remember Berliner Weisse being the perfect start for dipping my toes into the world of tart and sour flavours in my beer.

The sourness is not overpowering and usually nicely complimented by the choice of some fruity flavours in there that balances out any uncomfortable sourness! If you have any doubts about going the sour direction and taking the next step, definitely look out for some nice Berliner Weisse style brews. It truly is a thirst-quencher for the days we are in! The season has started!

Hope – Limited Edition No. 23 – Nitro Stout 4.8% ABV

This is a very delicate topic to go into, especially if you live in Ireland with many… Jaysus SO MANY beer drinkers (including craft beer lovers, and it’s pretty standard and understandable!) who consider the most famous ruby red nitro drink being sacred. To be honest, I did not grow up being fed Guinness instead of the breast milk (stereotypical joke I couldn’t resist writing down, I am very sorry) and I only drink it with blackcurrant cordial (yes, please don’t throw a stone at me now) so I am not too petty about it. I honestly don’t think that guys from Hope aimed to fight ‘the big boys’ and ‘call out the war’, I believe that they just love experimenting with what’s missing on the Irish craft beer market and just went for it! If I’d be absolutely mad about stouts, I would say this would definitely become my fridge beer, bringing out a nice proper stout with addition of nitro bringing smoothness and creaminess to it. Nothing super crazy mad about it flavour-wise, but a proper stout you can enjoy and feel good about it.

I always enjoyed their limited-edition stout releases, and I think they know exactly how to simplify the craziness happening around the beer experiments these days. They just bring something that will be such a satisfying proper product that you can rely on with every sip you take. We can only hope that HOPE will consider including this in their core range that is available all-year-around. Go on, go on, go on!

Hopfully – Quicksand – DDH NEIPA 6.5% ABV

Shining bright with its can appearance and a beautiful artwork supporting small craft artists. It looks like a sunshine for these dark times! And it works perfectly.

I was so happy to see and hear about the newest release Quicksand coming from gipsy brewers at this relatively still young brewery on the scene. They sealed the deal with their re-branding into 330ml cans for their core range (which looks amazing!) and specials in a bigger package, thankfully! They know how to treat New England pales and NEIPAs very well and they proved it over the time, and the newest one is one great brew to enjoy. Reading the description, it promised to become one of my best friends for the weather transition these days and the time of the release worked perfectly with such an unexpectable weather conditions here (let’s be honest, got used to it at this stage, it’s honestly not that bad but still…).

You open that shiny can rimmed with the sprinkles of sun and it hits you with a full world of discovering the hops world. It hits you with a tropical fruit notes, and you just want to dip into it like you would dip into your favourite cocktail sipping on the hot sunny day on the beach on your holiday (yeah, let’s keep going with our dreams of travelling again soon.) What a punch of a liquid holiday in a can! Surprisingly I though it would be a little sweeter according to the smell, but its mild bitterness brings it down to a nice balance. Gimme a straw and I will thank you for that! (Just on a side note I already had 4 of them since the release, because it is so nice to go back to. Hopfully there will be plenty around to keep me going in the coming weeks!)

Trouble Brewing – Voodoo Logic 2021 – Imperial Maple Stout 10% ABV

Trouble Brewing’s latest limited release of Voodoo Logic was my first date with this brew ever and I am a little sad not being able to compare it to its previous releases! I was surprised that it was not sweet-as-hell coming at ‘only’ 10% ABV, considering the use of maple syrup in there. And it was very much appreciated. Stouts in general are a very heavy beverage (speaking for myself anyway) and adding on a higher volume bit can be very challenging. I wasn’t annoyed by the whole package of dark&malty&coffee&sweet&roasty&chocolate concept. It was well balanced considering the imperial side of it. Very nice to share as a dessert after dinner for sure!

This is definitely a ‘beer cellar’ material (we just love hoarding up on beers and then discovering them randomly around the house, and some of them are still absolute legends and even nicer after a few years of hiding and ageing! I will make sure to hide a can in our gaff and can’t wait to find it randomly in few years!)

Basqueland & Fuerst Wiacek – Digital Symphony – Double NEIPA 8% ABV

The last, but certainly not least! I do love my DIPAs. Not because of the level of booziness that comes with it – it’s actually the opposite. One well-made DIPA won’t kick your taste buds down with its alcoholic flavour and will hide it well behind the flavour. Basqueland and Fuerst Wiacek made their appearance in Ireland this year for the first time with their showcase of what they do, and from my previous experience they proved it very well.

Here we got one juicy bomb, pouring hazy and exploding not only in its hops flavour but surprisingly not coming out super sweet, but perfectly smooth. Perfect symphony of flavours and I will be stocking up on this one for sure. Bursting in fruity flavours and playing its symphony in the perfect harmony. Nice juice!

That’s it for today.
Until the next one.
Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

Radka’s Broof Club: Chapter Francesco & Esther.

Quick training on ‘How to blend in with Italian people’:

Good morning, how are you? – Bon Jovi! Come stai?

Very well, thank you! – Tutti frutti, grazie mille, bopity bop!

That’s our secret international language. Please do not be looking for any sense there, I just love to pretend that I do speak Italian. Making my own words and sentences supported with a traditional hand gestures – that’s all you need, haha! (Is it, yeah?)

Today’s chapter of Radka’s Broof Club with Francesco and Esther coming from Carrick-on-Shannon, county Leitrim. Carrig Brewing’s head brewer and his better half! We were very excited that we had a spare time to meet up and have a little broofing session up on the roof. Let’s broof…





All ticked on the list: we had nice selection of beers, we had fairly good weather (it wasn’t raining so happy days!), and we had a thirst for some nice craft gemstones. The only one thing missing was Italian Quadratini Napolitaner Wafers, but I promise you, Esther, I’ll bring you some the next time!


My trips to our little brewery in Drumshanbo are something to be looking forward to every now and then. Coming to annoy the boys in the brewery became my little tradition. Walking around and bossing people in my master brewer suit and annoying lads all the time when I’m there is my skill number one, which I am definitely going to put in my CP. (author’s note – it is supposed to be a joke on all the people coming to our bar to LEACH their CP applying for a job as a CHICKEN porter or ASS manager.)


This time the cards have been turned around and a Drumshanbo gang came over to Dublin, for a bit of music, some smoked fish burgers (and please don’t forget our veggie burger experience, guys!) but most importantly – some craft beer enjoyment and treat. For a bit of a good craic!


With the last sprinkles of the autumn and slowly but surely coming into freezing winter season, we wanted to remember the summer vibes with a nice, sessionable kind of IPA that would be a perfect breakfast beer for us to start with. And that’s how we picked this aromatic session IPA Virtuous by Kirkstall Brewery.


Nice touch for a light beer, even though I was expecting more of a hoppy aroma kicking in, but let’s be honest – A) 90% of this winter time my nose is blocked and B) it is very important to keep the hops as fresh as possible as they are very delicate and their taste and aroma tends to fade away. That means – drink the cans as soon as possible after canning is my advice! Our one was not the freshest one and was sitting there for a while. Despite of that it was still a very nice and easy-drinking breakfast for us! And Francesco will remember it for sure – when he opened the can it just exploded out of all excitement and his brand-new jacket ended up covered in this beer. A proper beer christening!


There are few shops I love going to for my beer shopping. I visit them more often than I visit regular grocery shops, haha (or oops?). One of them is just around the corner from where I work (Stephen’s Street News), and one of them is just around the corner from where I live (Molloy’s Liquor Store). IDEAL DEAL!


I love watching how the shelves in their beer fridges are expanding, and every visit is a great adventure, browsing and hunting for new craft beer specials. As the craft beer scene in Ireland is growing, Molloys decided to celebrate their 85th anniversary by brewing a Covert Operation with the guys from Yellowbelly, and this special broofing session was the right occasion to taste the result of their special brew. It was nice and fresh, juicy as promised, and we were happy to dance with all those fruity flavours around.


Next stop – DOT Brew.


I am always excited to taste their delicious beers. And we all were even more, as Carrig Brewing Company made a very exciting collaboration beer with Shane from DOT, which will hit the taps in our pubs in a foreseeable future! Beer is resting and ageing in the barrels in Drumshanbo, and everytime I am in the brewery, I spare a couple of minutes to pet the barrels a bit so this baby will definitely be pumped with extra love…


Dot Brew is with no doubt a top-class expert for barrel-aged beer.

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I’ve tasted their Double Down, aged in 18 year-old Single Malt barrels for 1 year at Samhain Winter Beer Festival organized by White Hag and the whole project was literally Hagstravaganza coming to Dublin! I knew that this is the beer I wanted Francesco to taste. Pouring nice rich red-ish colour with a hint of spiciness, too delicious and too dangerous with its over 10% kick in the ass!


Back in Black!

Welcome to the season of full-bodied, rich in flavour and colour beers for your belly to make you warm! It is that time of the year when people will be looking for s(h)touts and dark ales. Francesco has something to mix it up – as he loves to make some interesting beer experiments himself (do you remember Basil Beer?), he is not going to leave you thirsty this winter.


Make sure to pop in to Bar Rua to taste the newest limited special brew edition of WHITE WONKA – white chocolate nitro cream ale. Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky to get your golden ticket!

Let’s see which winter beers he stuck his nose into on our broofing session….


Opening this season with doube dry hopped Black IPA by Northern Monk Patrons Project in collaboration with Moor Beer. Pouring dark brown rather than pure black was the first sign we’ve noticed, so it evoked having a liquid dark chocolate in your glass. That was probably influenced by not putting dark roasted malts into the mashing tun, but adding a liquid malt colour to the whirpool and then putting it on top in the fermenter. The result was a very nice dark IPA with a proper hoppy dance of 5 different hops used – Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe, Vic Secret and Citra. Our winter bittersweet symphony.


Dead Centre Brewing is setting their brewery in Athlone. Their limited edition of Moondust coffee porter ended up in my hands a couple of weeks ago. It definitely is a beer for these long winter evenings. I am not a coffee drinker and as I am very sensitive to its flavour – I felt like there was too much coffee going on, but the rest of the crew (proper Italian coffee drinkers) enjoyed the beer. The smile on Esther’s face is a proof of it.


I am a person obsessed with Christmas. Working during this crazy period of Christmas would be a story for another whole chapter, but I love the spirit. Not really in a way of celebrating this holiday in a big style or anything, I just love the idea that every day should be a Christmas Day for us. Small little things. And mainly now, when the whole city is getting Christmassy, I am very happy. I had my first proper Christmas taste with our last beer by StoneXocoveza. Winter Mocha Stout. It brought me back to celebrating Christmas Eve when my brothers were putting up the Christmas tree with my dad, and myself and my mammy were preparing all the stuff for our Christmas dinner. I always used to light up the candles with cinnamon aroma all around the apartment. That’s the sip of Xocoveza for me.


It has tunnelled its way to my and Esther’s heart right away. Too much sweetness going on for Francesco, but we are ladies. We just loved it! And now, looking on our Christmas Tree we just put up today in our apartment, I will have this beer down on my list as a beer for this year’s Christmas Eve. And Christmas Day.


What is your Christmas Beer going to be?

I would like to thank Francesco and Esther for climbing the roof with me and not falling off it. It was a pleasure. Cheers to more beers!

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie – Salute!

Radka’s Broof Club: Chapter Saoirse.

Once upon a time, there was a lonely roof in Dublin city centre. However, it is not lonely anymore. It was adopted by Radka’s Broof Club, who has a wee session up there every now and then. Even if it is Baltic outside! Because beer makes us warm and happy. Preferably hoppy.

In my opinion, there is a beer for everyone. At least one. You just need to find it. You just need to pick the right one. This chapter of the broof club session is a real proof of my statement. I took a chance and invited Saoirse – my beautiful friend – to climb the roof and have a little broofing session with me. I carefully picked the beers according to what I thought she would like. And I have to say – it was a success! Hooray!


Saoirse wouldn’t describe herself as much of a beer drinker. She would usually drink cider, ginger beer or as a true Irish woman – proudly and occasionally a nice pint of plain. I wouldn’t describe myself as a cider drinker. I would usually drink ANY beer. Not a cider. So with this exchanging experience I made a compromise and decided to start with a can of COONEYS IRISH CIDER. I will be honest, I do understand such a strong popularity of ciders on hot summer days, and this one was a refreshing opening choice, as we have been lucky to catch the very last summer day in Ireland. Fizzy apple juice for adults – sure, why not! (Am I a cider drinker now?)


Saoirse Kavanagh. Young. Smart. Beautiful. Talented. Saoirse loves music. She finished her degree at BIMM and her angel voice is as beautiful as Saoirse herself.


Saoirse Kavanagh – Strong (Youtube). Just play it!

Listen to the tune and atmosphere of her own song ‘Strong’ that she wrote. It describes the atmosphere and character of the beers that we were drinking. Smooth, relaxed, and delicious. Full of feelings and emotions, full of flavours. And with this exciting gradation in her song, there was a gradation in our beer repertoire as well.

Our playlist was very fruity. Saoirse is a sweet girl, and we were drinking ‘girly’ beers!


Lagers are mostly represented by big brands and big names all over the world as the most common and known beers. I wanted to show Saoirse that ‘boring’ lager-style taste can be twisted and upgraded, so we opened this grapefruit lager by SKA BREWING – Rue B. Soho. Smell of citrus, refreshing taste of grapefruits in the background, nice touch of hops… not a disappointing one, comparing to lagers that she tasted before. And she finished her share of taste, which was a good sign!


We stayed in a grapefruit-y mood with the next beer, this time we levelled up style-wise, entering the world of pale ales. A wee bit of discotheque now – Daft Punk are singing about how to Get Lucky – I am singing about LERVIG’s Grapefruit Edition of Lucky Jack every time I can, as I can’t help myself, but this beer is a fixed star in my fridge. We got lucky to get this beautiful weather accompanying our beer session… Saoirse’s glass became empty again. To my surprise, she liked the highlighted grapefruit flavour more in this pale ale, because it was more intense. Extra point for Jack! You are very Lucky, Jack.


Sun was still shining – time to move ourselves to our imaginary beach, with a cocktail in our hands… Pina Colada Pale Ale by RASCALS. And Rupert Holmes’ tune in the background. ‘If you like Pina Coladas…’… well, we actually can’t be objective talking about the authenticity of the taste, as neither of us had a real Pina Colada before. Definitely kind of a cocktail beer, even though I was missing a stronger kick of hops in there. RASCALS is experimenting with weird combinations of flavours all the time and I am very excited about them every time they release something new. One of them became my obsession during this summer – Raspberry Sundae IPA. Both of us voted for Sundae IPA, as Rascals did a nicer job with lactose and the whole milkshakey kind of flavour was a little bit sweeter with a longer lasting finish. While the first one was more cocktail-y, the second one stayed in beer-y beer-y category.


Pint of plain is your only man, but there was a nice (and looks pretty too!), pink alternative to it hidden in a big bag of cans. Blackcurrant Nitro Ale by LEFT HAND BREWING. We poured it hard into our glasses and watched this hypnotic magic process of settling down. We got rid of our creamy moustaches that the beer drew on our faces and satisfied with its appearance and a light smooth taste moved on to THE ONE.

And here it comes, Prince of our beer selection fitted for Saoirse…

‘Raspberry Rubaeus,

The kind you find in an off-licence store,

Raspberry Rubaeus,

And if it was on her, she wouldn’t drink other ones anymore!

Raspberry Rubaeus,

I think she loooooooooves it.’


Smile on her face is a proof. I found(ers) it. I found the one for her! Thank you, FOUNDERS, for your sweet & tart taste of summer.

Our ladies’ broofing session ended with a special dessert, limited edition of Bearded Lady – 10.5% Imperial Stout by MAGIC ROCK BREWING. Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for 3 months, this stout had all that was promised: bourbon flavour, sweet vanilla, hint of oak, cacao nibs, cinnamon, we also tasted some kind of nuts in there (or were we going nuts at this stage?)… super rich flavour all together! And all these flavours were appearing unexpectedly from nowhere, dancing all around your mouth, wildly jumping on your taste buds… with lightly spicy exit sign at the end of this adventure.


Broof = beers on the roof! Roofing and drinking some special craft beer jewellery made with love and hearts of brewers around the world. Potential ‘bro’ for this ‘broofing’ is anyone who loves craft beer, or anyone who would like to lose virginity with the beers I will choose for them! Sometimes it can be a perfect match, but sometimes it can be very challenging. Give me a shout if you have enough of courage and want to become Radka’s Broof Club Bro!

I would like to thank Saoirse for her time, courage and trust. I hope you did enjoy this broofing session as much as I did, and here’s cheers to many more beers! (Is it, yeah?)


Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!