So by now you've worked out that we're kind of passionate about drink. So why not share some information about just two of our drinks - stout and whiskey?
So what's so special about stout?
Beer is a drink that dates back to the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. In its earliest forms, it was made from grains, or bread, which were allowed to ferment and liquefy. Hence, its alter-ego "liquid bread". Over time the process evolved, with most Europeans settling on barley and wheat as their grains of choice and flavourings introduced with the addition of "grut", a mixture of herbs that varied from brewer to brewer. Hops came next, adding flavour and acting as a preservative and eventually replaced grut as the primary flavouring agent.
It is said that whiskey has been made in Ireland since the Irish monks brought the distillation process back from the Middle East. In Gaelic the drink became known as "Uisce Beatha" which means "water of life." The Normans called it "fuisce" and eventually it evolved into "whiskey."