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Posted on Dec 11, 2017

Metalman Bar Logo

When Tim and Gráinne decided to set up the brewery back in 2010, it was always on their radar to someday open a beer bar. They didn’t put it on the agenda for the first few years while they concentrated on the Metalman brand, but they would always keep a sneaky eye out on what was on the market, in case the perfect opportunity presented itself.

Metalman Bar sign

And November 9th 2017 was precisely when it did.

A bar which had been vacant for the preceding few months was available to lease. One of our customers let us know and suggested we go look at it, which we did.

And it was perfect : the right size, the right location and – perhaps crucially – the right timing. We knew we were going to have a challenge ahead of us though – with no background in running pubs, and because we wouldn’t be soliciting infrastructural support from big global drinks companies, it was going to take everything we had to get a functional (and awesome) Metalman bar open for business.

So why go down this route at all?

Well, beer bars are such an integral part of beer discovery –  visiting brewpubs and specialty bars, trying new beers, finding out about upcoming releases – there was always something to learn, and we feel that the bar is one of the best places to learn – especially bars where the bartenders are even more excited about good beer than you are! As a brewery, we manufacture and wholesale beer, but we don’t have nearly as much opportunity to talk to the people who are drinking our beer as we would like. We knew that standing across the bar from them would change that completely, and help us to learn even more about what our customers are looking for.

Metalman Bar Waterford

Commence three manic weeks of fit-out and prep, and we tentatively opened the doors on Friday December 1st.

Metalman Bar Taps

Our aim was to open a bar that fundamentally echoed what we do at the brewery. We only sell beer from independent breweries. We have a nice wine selection, because there’s no point going to great lengths over the beer and then expecting people to drink crappy wine. (We plan to change it regularly as well.) We have coffee from local coffee suppliers. We have a lovely range of Irish whiskey. (And a little bit of scotch as well.) We’ve got some good gin going on, and Irish tonic waters.We sell mixers in cans rather than glass when possible, because we believe it’s a great package, and it’s better for the environment. And we even have a non-alcoholic beer that’s pretty drinkable 🙂


So come on down and tell us what you think – all feedback appreciated while we navigate this new adventure! We’re open from 4pm every day (2pm on Saturday/Sunday) and we’ll post our Christmas opening hours a bit closer to the time.





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Nitro Fest with Left Hand Brewing

Posted on Nov 1, 2017

Nitro Fest 2017 - Left Hand Brewing

Colorado, Here We Come!

Shortly, one of our beers will take it longest voyage to date – almost 7000km – where it will land in Colorado and so begins a list of firsts for us here at Metalman.

Our first time shipping beer to the US.

Our first beer festival in the US.

We are the first Irish brewery to attend Nitro Fest.

And of course, our first nitro beer – specially brewed for NITRO FEST 2017! (Thanks again for the invite Left Hand Brewing). Here, our Nitro Ironmonger, along wth 40+ breweries will be pouring in in the home with the most famous nitro beer of all, Left Hand Brewing’s Nitro Milk Stout.

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Obliquity – Collaboration with Solvay Society

Posted on Sep 20, 2017

Every Good Story Begins in a Pub – and So Begins the Story of Obliquity.


Anyone who is part of the beer loving scene, whether its brewer, blogger or boozer, realises that one of the most interesting aspects is the people you meet within the industry, And that’s exactly how the story of our collaboration brew, Obliquity begins.

 Obliquity begins -Gráinne, Tim and I met by chance; I saw that they were in town (I was already following the MEtalman twitter at the time) and they said they were at the Euston Tap"

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Look What’s Back – Windjammer!

Posted on Jun 30, 2017


Fun Fact: A Windjammer is a class of Tall Ship. We first brewed this beer in 2011 ahead of the Tall Ships’ visit in July 2011. Can you believe that was 6 years ago?

An Antipodean extravaganza, find out all about Windjammer here.



 Metalman Windjammer

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Indie Beer Week

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Indie Beer Week

Indie Beer Week – We’re Celebrating Real Irish Beer

Indie Beer Week is a week long celebration of independent Irish brewing. From Waterford to Donegal, Galway to Dublin, your local breweries will be opening their doors for fun and excitement. Tours, tastings, music, food, and much, much more, awaits. This year 26 breweries will partake in events in their local communities.

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Metalman on Tour – Paddy’s Day UK Tap Takeover

Posted on Mar 15, 2017

Paddy’s Day UK Takeover

Paddy’s Day – the day everyone turns Irish, re-establishes our Irish skills (‘Is maith liom cáca milis!’) and even more regrettable, makes everything green – even beer! *Please don’t turn our beer green!* That’s usually how it goes around the world. For those of you who want to celebrate the ‘Irishness’ in you (without going stereotypically ‘Paddy’) our friends at Ireland Craft Beer have organised Irish craft beer tastings in various pubs and venues.

Where will Metalman Available?

Tomorrow, Gráinne will be making an appearance at the Tate Modern Terrace Bar in London. There will be some great Irish brews, gin and a special Irish menu, including Stew. *yum!* Drop in from 11am for a selection of tastings or you can book tickets here.

Check out some of the other places where you will be able to find our beers this weekend:

What beers can we try?

Depending on the location you will be able to try two of our beers; our Pale Ale or Sgt. Pepper, our sage and pepper saison. Here’s a brief description of what they are like:

metalman pale ale beer


Pale Ale: Our flagship Pale Ale. The one it all started with. Dark gold in colour, with a delicate white head. Citrus and floral aromas lead into hop flavours characterised by grapefruit and mandarin produced by American hops. A dry bitter finish makes this an eminently enjoyable and refreshing beer.




Sgt. Pepper: ‘So let me introduce to you, the one and only’…Sgt. Pepper – Sage  n’ Pepper Saison. A light and
fruity saison gently combined with herbal and savoury notes from sage and white pepper.



But don’t just take it from us. Why not listen to what Steve on the Beer O’Clock  Show thinks of the beers? Listen to it here.

If you want to find out about more of our beers, check them out on our website.

Keep up to date with all the Paddy’s Day festivities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Wishing everyone a craic’n Paddy’s Day!

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The Razzbeer Razzmatazz

Posted on Nov 14, 2016

Razzbeer Can‘Razzbeer?’

‘A spicy sour beer?’

‘Raspberries and chillies?’

We thought this one might take a little explaining. It’s a lot to take in…and fit in to one can, but we did it!

Firstly, what’s a sour beer?

Sour beers have been gaining more and more popularity in the beer world in the last few years. The first time we really noticed it was when we were at Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon in 2015 – there were sour beers everywhere.

Concept : The history of sour beer is very varied – sometimes beer goes sour by mistake, but sometimes it is soured intentionally, as the souring bacteria can create interesting flavours in the beer. In the cases where it is soured intentionally, it is done by introducing souring bacteria to the beer at some point in the brewing process and allowing the beer to go sour in managed conditions. Now the thing about bacteria is that they are really really really small, and can be very hard to find if they escape their managed conditions! Therefore deliberately souring a beer is inherently risky in terms of cross-contamination in your brewery. One way to avoid (or at least minimise) the risk of this is do brew what is known as a “kettle sour”. This process used the brew-kettle as the souring vessel – the brew is started as normal and continues to the start of the boil process, but instead of adding hops, the wort is cooled to the appropriate temperature and the souring bacteria are pitched into the warm liquid. Once the souring process is complete, the wort is then boiled up again and the brew continued as normal, which kills all the souring bacteria and keeps the rest of the brewery safe. (Assuming sensible sanitation practices are followed!)

So now we have our sour beer base but what makes it Razzbeer?

Once the brewday process was complete, we transfer the brew to a fermenter as normal and pitched our normal house ale yeast to start the saccharomyces (yeast) fermentation. When the fermentation was complete, we transferred some of it to wine barrels, some of it to casks with other fruit infusions (like cucumber and mango!) and the rest of it went into a fermenter with lots of raspberries and some dried chillies – the maturation took about 10 days, by which time the beer had gained a lovely raspberry blush colour, and was tasting damn good! In the meantime, we did a can design, came up with a name and got the beer ready to leave the brewery  – Razzbeer was on its way!

To keep up to date with what’s brewin’, check us out on social media.




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Yus! It’s time for another festival…

Posted on Oct 25, 2016

…and this time it’s across the bridge to attend Savour Kilkenny, Festival of Food. We’ll be there from Saturday morning, surrounded by our craft beer friends, loads of tempting food stalls and some funky tunes!


We are packing the van to the brim this year and bringing you 6 of our yummy beers on draught and 6 varieties in can – woooo! Here’s a little peek at what we’ll have with us…

Summer Pale Ale – an English style pale ale (the last of this year’s summer, in more ways than one!)

Blaager – our lager brewed with Waterford Blaas

Pale Ale – our flagship American style pale ale

Equinox – wheat lager brewed with orange, lemon and coriander

Ironmonger – amber IPA

Ginger – blonde beer brewed with fresh ginger

Heatsink – our *legendary* smoked chilli porter


Be sure to pop by on Saturday (10:30am – 6pm) and Sunday (12:30pm – 6pm) and say ‘Hi!’ and sample some of our seasonal brews!

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Craft Drinks Bill

Posted on Dec 1, 2016

Craft Drinks Bill

Craft Drinks Bill


Folks, we need your help!

Alan Kelly, Labour T.D. has proposed a Bill, which we are calling the Craft Drinks Bill, which will change our current licensing laws and we need as many people as possible to support it. Here’s Alan Kelly in action yesterday at the Dáil.


So how does this affect us?

At the moment we are free to offer tours of our microbrewery. And tourists love it! However after they have heard our story and seen how we do what we do, they always ask can they bring some beer home. Unfortunately, we have to explain to them that due to our current licensing laws, we cannot sell them any beers. Alan Kelly adequately compared the craft drinks tourism to similar markets in Europe.

“For example, can you imagine a situation existing in Italy, France or Spain, where tourists visiting vineyards are prevented from purchasing wine at the end of their tour?”

Currently, the bill has moved on the second stage but we still have a long way to go.
Please help support our ever growing industry, local employment and help promote tourism in your area.


What are we asking you to do?

Well firstly, we would like you to copy and paste the letter below, fill in the areas that are specific to you and send these via email, post, or pigeon if needs be, to your local T.D.s.

Secondly, show your support online. Show us you care and get on Bookface, Twitterland etc. and use the #craftdrinksbill hastag. Share this blog with your friends.

Thirdly, take off your bras and burn them in the streets……..no, too far? Ok, ok, step 1 and 2 will suffice!

Here’s a template, (we’re making it so easy for you) you can read through it if you want to know the ins and outs, but if you could just change the X’s to name, the Y’s to county….you get the idea!



Letter Template

Good afternoon,

My name is XXX and I live at YYYYY.

I am writing to you today about the Craft Drinks Bill being proposed by
Alan Kelly, Labour T.D.

I would like you as my representatives to throw your support behind this
bill, for a number of reasons. Apart from the great boost to the local
economy through increased revenue and tourism opportunities in [YOUR
LOCAL AREA], the craft drinks industry will increase
opportunities across right across the country.

As we all sadly know, the concentration of jobs and industry in Dublin
has lead to fewer opportunities in our beautiful regional and rural
areas of Ireland. At the same time, increasing population in the capital
has led to a housing crisis and unaffordable rents as people migrate to
the city from outside Dublin.

The beauty of the craft beer drinks industry in Ireland is that it is
geographically spread right across the country; by developing industries
like brewing, distilling and cider-making outside of the capital we
will, in the long run, be increasing job opportunities all over Ireland.
The manufacturers themselves are already generating employment (craft
breweries in Ireland employ almost 450 people directly) and there are
knock-on effects to be seen in other industries, such as farming as
demand for raw material increases, and the hospitality and service
industries where these fantastic beverages are making a big splash.

It seems like the craft beverage industry has often been left behind
during initiatives to drive consumers to support Irish goods, perhaps
because the government may be afraid they would be seen to be promoting
irresponsible behaviour. The craft beverage sector is an industry that
targets consumers based on quality, taking the emphasis away from
quantity; as such, supporting our Irish drinks producers promotes a
responsible drinking message.

I hope you will throw your full weight behind this bill and support Alan
Kelly, and our craft drinks pioneers, in his proposal, and remove the
legal anomaly that is stifling the growth of this amazing industry.

Many thanks,


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Great Irish Beer Festival!

Posted on Sep 22, 2016

***NEW BEER FESTIVAL ALERT!***    great-irish-beer-festival-2016-opengraph-02

Question : What do great craft beers, tremendous music and delicious food have in common?

Answer : Loads!! But in this particular instance, they will all be present in force at the Great Irish Beer Festival this weekend!

Running from today, Thursday 22nd Sept – Saturday 24th in City Hall Cork, this brand spanking new festival boasts beers from 24 breweries, brewing demos, food pairing demos, and live music consisting of the likes of the Frank and Walters and King Kong Company (among others)! If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, draught Ginger, Summer, Blaager and delicious Autumn Sour on cask are a sample of the goodies we’ll be pouring there.

You can get your tickets here to avail of the delights, and we’ll see you Leeside!

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Stuff and Things

Posted on Jun 29, 2016

Metalman Brewing - Ginger Beer CanJust a quick update on a few new stockists in the fold and other things that are happening at Metalman HQ.

We put our Ginger beer in cans for the first time this year and it’s proving very popular – time to get it on the brew schedule again, check our twitter or facebook timelines for a stockist nearby.

We’ve also got our Summer Seasonal in conditioning at the moment, this is a pale ale with a different hop profile to our American pale and should be ready in a couple of weeks.

We’ve also got another new brew coming up for the Waterford Harvest Festival in September – this one is going to be fun, although the brewday this week is certainly going to be…..interesting!

And last but not least we’ve got another few new stockists to tell you about this week – Cissie Youngs in Cork is now pouring Equinox for your delight and enjoyment, and the new Druids Wine Bar in Waterford has cans of Pale Ale and Equinox to keep you refreshed. Ge get ’em people!

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