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OXO knew their Prehistoric brewing techniques!

OXO knew their Prehistoric brewing techniques!

Just received delivery of Lynn Pearson’s ‘Built to Brew – The history and heritage of the brewery’, published by English Heritage. IN her second chapter she references our experiments. The chapter is headed by an image from a 19th Century Trading Card produced by Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company, the originators of OXO (image on […]


INISHFOOD AND FEILE GRIANAN, BEER INFOGRAPHIC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  INISHFOOD AND FEILE GRIANAN, BEER INFOGRAPHIC

Here’s a big beer infographic for you all… In the latest ancient beer news (I, know, would we just give it up now) – at the weekend we bottled our ale for Féile Grianán Áiligh and samples for Inishfood 2013. Féile Grianán is held at Grianan hillfort, Co. Donegal, one of Ireland’s most spectacular hillforts […]


100 YEAR OLD BEER?

Billy will be on the Ray D’Arcy tomorrow morning talking about and sampling what he hopes is a 100 year old beer – tune in around 10.30am. Story: A 19th or early 20th century brown glass bottle was found in Curracloe, Co Wexford a few weeks ago. It was washed up at the Raven’s Point, […]


IRELAND’S PATRON SAINT OF BEER

IRELAND'S PATRON SAINT OF BEER

Today marks the festival day of Imbolc, a pagan Gaelic festival celebrating the beginning of Spring. The date has been Christianised as the feast day of St. Bridget, one of Irelands better known Saints, who has inherited much of the folklore associated with the Goddess Brigid. The word Imbolc probably derives from the Irish ‘i […]


MOORE’S GALE ALE

MOORE'S GALE ALE

On Sunday we began our Headfest Brew for 2012. Given that its not heather season yet we made do with just Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale – giving rise to gale ale) as a hop substitute. The result will be what’s called a gruit ale.. ie. a non-hopped herbal ale. We also added a little yarrow […]


GREEN DRINKS

GREEN DRINKS

Tomorrow night (or tonight, if you’re reading this tomorrow), Billy, Nigel and Declan will be presenting at ‘Green Drinks’ at 9pm in The Cottage Bar in Salthill. All welcome…. Facebook Events page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/242453705861386/ ABOUT GREEN DRINKS: ==================== Once a month in 448 cities around the world people with an interest in green issues get together […]


NEW PORTO-FULACHT

NEW PORTO-FULACHT

Just taken delivery of our new free standing, distressed beech mini fulacht for use at #Inishfood in two weeks, and for future events.  Des Burke & Tony O’Reilly of Freeform in Headford constructed it and we tested it yesterday – it’s a great piece of work and we’re looking forward to giving it it’s first run out […]


BREWDAY BOTTLING

BREWDAY BOTTLING

Yesterday Billy and I bottled out first keggery beer. It’s a basic beer with some added cascade hops, bog myrtle and yarrow using an american ale yeast, and, of course, some hot rocks. We also had a little early morning taste. The bog myrtle was surprisingly overpowering. We had thought that the hops would balance […]


Inishfood

Inishfood

Here’s a few pic’s of last weekends brewday in preparation for the Inishfood festival in Donegal later this month. Saturday was the first use of our Keggery/Keggle brewery and the first time we’ve used hops, so we’ve moved forward in brewing history by about 3000 years.. Still using hot rocks in the kettle so we’ll […]


IGNITE DUBLIN 8

All the beer news: We’re delighted to note that Billy and Declan feature in the latest issue of Archaeology Magazine in a piece by Erin Mullally about Fulacht Fiadh and the mystery of their purpose – needless to say, we espouse our beer theory.. Follow the link below… Letter from Ireland: Mystery of the Fulacht […]


THE OXFORD COMPANION TO BEER

THE OXFORD COMPANION TO BEER

The beer swilling blogeratti are in the throes of some rather vigorous debates online about the recently published ‘Oxford Companion to Beer’ with two distinct points of view emerging about beer writing in general, and particularly the approach to the history of beer (see here for Nazi’s, here for Pete Brown’s view, here for a […]


EARLY IRISH ALE 2

Continuing our series of old posts (to mark our 10th year in business), ones we feel were good, prescient or elicited some good conversation or debate, this post was first published in February 2008. Continuing our research on ancient beer, Declan spent a long evening reading and searching the Annals of the Four Masters for […]


THE FULACHT BEER EXPERIMENT – ARCHAEOLOGY OF BEER

THE FULACHT BEER EXPERIMENT - ARCHAEOLOGY OF BEER

Declan, Billy and Nigel presented at a Seminar on ‘Experimental Archaeology in Northwest Europe: Principles and Potential’ in UCD last week. Our presentation was on the beer experiments and Fulacht Fiadh. Here’s some of Declan’s section of the presentation: Fulachta fiadh are one of the most widespread of Irish field monuments and may number up […]


HEADFORD BREW

HEADFORD BREW

Here’s something we just found during a clean up of an old drive.. An article about our very first ‘Headfest’ with group photo, and belated congratulations to the happily wed couple on the facing column.


OKTOBERFEST

Given that Moore Group has now survived ten years, and we’ve been blogging 4 years, we thought we’d share a ‘best of the blog’. Over the next few weeks we’ll post some of the better (in our mind) posts from the past few years. Our first blog post was in August 2007 and the count […]


HOT ROCK BREW IN OKLAHOMA

Thanks to Merryn Dineley for pointing this one out to us.. Some Oklahoman (is that what you call people from Oklahoma?) home brewers have embraced Fulacht Fiadh brewing techniques – and added their own modern twists. But the basic technique remains the same.


PAST ORDERS AT DIGGING THE DIRT

PAST ORDERS AT DIGGING THE DIRT

And in other news, Digging the Dirt is serialising a piece in this months Current Archaeology – see here for part 1 and here for part 2…and here for part 3 or for those of you in the UK Check out the latest Current Archaeology, or tune to Digging the Dirt next Friday for the […]


FULACHT BEER PRESENTATION

Two years ago Billy and I (Declan) gave a presentation at the National Roads Authority’s annual archaeology seminar about the fulacht beer theory. Now that I’ve figured out how to post VIMEO videos to wordpress – here’s a video of the presentation… Note the Erratum: Dr. Patrick McGovern, sometimes referred to as the Indiana Jones […]


A pre-Christmas Whiskey review

First, a small disclaimer. It may seem a little strange for an archaeology and environment blog to be reviewing whiskey… But those of you who have been reading us here over the years will understand that we here at Moore have a deep and long standing interest in alcohol, from a strictly academic point of […]


Headfest, Ale and The Daily Mail

Headfest, Ale and The Daily Mail

Turtle Bunbury has  a great piece in today’s Irish Daily Mail about the beer and our annual ‘Headfest’, featuring a very menacing looking Nigel working over our beer pot. The event was great fun and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Thanks very much to everyone who helped, and to anyone I’ve forgotten to list below: […]


How to make a ‘Viking’ Ale in 4 easy steps

How to make a 'Viking' Ale in 4 easy steps

Here’s a short comic we made about how to make the ‘Viking’ Ale, which has been reported widely on, to our surprise.. (see here, here, here and here). We spent Sunday bottling and experimenting with another variation (which didn’t quite succeed – more on that some other time). Our ‘Viking Ale’ has turned out to […]


Brew day stage two: Barley & Bog Myrtle

Slight delay in terms of our big brew day. Galway Hooker very kindly donated another bag of malt barley to us last week, but we were unable to find a less onerous way to grind it, apart from an old food processor or bottles. So we elected to beg the good people at the Oslo […]


Brew day stage one: Gathering the Heather

Brew day stage one: Gathering the Heather

After a fruitless (flowerless!) Saturday afternoon drive with one year old in tow, up the Crumlin (‘crooked glen’) Valley near Cornamona, Co. Galway (or ‘Gleann gan Fraoch’ as we’ve taken to calling it), we finally came across a reasonable growth of Bell Heather south of Maumwee Lough near Lackavre (but not, we stress, within the […]


EEA Beer Session & a wee competition

We were briefly excited by the news of an alcohol and beer session at the upcoming European Association of Archaeologists conference in September. Here’s the session description with a ‘find and replace’ done. See if you can spot the difference. The original is here. During the last twenty years the anthropology of formica table top […]