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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.

Sláinte!

 

 

 

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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

IT’S BACK! – WINDJAMMER

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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