Guaranteed Irish Gifts

Every year is a bit of struggle to come up with gift ideas for the family – I’ll usually leave to all to Jeanne – but I’m happy to say this won’t be the case this year!

We became a Guaranteed Irish member in October so it was an easy decision to support other members through the Guaranteed Irish Gifts website. By doing so I know I am supporting great local businesses. I can see more and more people doing the same thing this year which is great to see.

I’m delighted to say I’ll be supporting two other Northside businesses this year. Hopefully Jeanne won’t read this as I’ve ordered this lovely-crafted cheeseboard, complete with chutney, from Arran Street East. We partnered with Sheridan’s Cheese for our corporate Christmas hampers plus we are all foodies, hence our #FoodLovesHope campaign, so it is an obvious choice as a gift!

On the topic of food, an order of branded cupcakes from the team here at the brewery is on the cards from

We’ve been thrilled with the support we’re received from consumers, customers, local businesses and organisations such as Guaranteed Irish and LEO Fingal and supporting local will be how this country will not only survive the pandemic but thrive once it passes.



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IPA Pizza Dough

Handsome Jack IPA Pizza Dough

Handsome Jack IPA Pizza Dough

Inspired by Saturday Pizzas by Ballymaloe Cookery School, a must have book for every pizza fan, we swapped out Irish Stout for our Handsome Jack IPA. It worked so well in our brown bread recipe it made sense to add it to pizza dough!

Goes great with our BBQ Beef Pizza recipe.

Ingredients (Makes 4 x 10″ pizzas)

180ml Handsome Jack IPA

180ml water

500g white flour. (Tip: If you would like to add greater texture and flavour to the dough use 400g of white flour and 100g of wholemeal rye flour)

7g sachet of yeast

1tsp salt


If you have a stand mixer put all the ingredients into the bowl of the mixer and mix for 10 minutes on a low to medium speed. If you don’t have a mixer you can mix using your hands.

By the end of the ten minutes it should be smooth, springy and just a little bit sticky. If it’s very sticky turn the mixer back on and add another tablespoon of flour, or a little more until it’s the right texture.

Sprinkle a clean counter top with a little flour and knead for a couple of minutes, until dough is a smooth and forms into a round ball. Test it by pressing your finger against it, if it springs back it’s ready.

Cut the ball in half, and half again, and roll each piece into small smooth ball. Put each dough ball into a large bowl, dusted with flour, and cover with a tea towel. Leave in a warm enough place until doubled in size, give it at least an hour.

When dough is ready, dust a counter top with flour and roll out to a round size approx 10″ in size for each dough ball.

BBQ Beer Pizza

Beer & Food Pairing: BBQ Beef Pizza

Beer and pizza. One of life’s great food pleasures.

Yes you can pick up the phone and have it delivered, or dig out that pepperoni pizza that’s been lying in the freezer for weeks, but we prefer to take the time to make our own creation. It’s not as much work as you might think, tastes great and you get that sense of achievement when you take it out of the oven.

This recipe is perfect for using left over beef from a Sunday roast, and is great with any red meat. If you are using left overs from the roast beef keep 100ml of the cooking juices, more on that later.

The sweetness of the sauce and caramelized onions means it pairs amazingly well with our PASSifyoucan Pale Ale.

Pizza Dough

It all starts with the dough and there are lots of recipes out there which pretty much have all the same ingredients and method. Check out out our Handsome Jack pizza dough recipe for a dough with a little bit of hoppy goodness!

BBQ Sauce 

We’re going with a BBQ sauce rather than the classic tomato sauce as it works so well with the toppings and is a far cry from the overly sweet BBQs sauces that comes with take-out pizzas. We got this recipe from the Saturday Pizzas book from the Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Ingredients (Makes 240 ml)

220ml tomato ketchup

100ml water (Tip: Keep the beef cooking juices and use instead of the water for extra flavour!)

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp red wine vinegar

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp mustard powder / dijon mustard

Pinch of salt & pepper


Put all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. That’s it!



1 bag Mozzarella

120g Sun-dried tomatoes

120g Shredded spinach

2 red onions for the caramelized onions

Shredded beef


Slice the onions. Heat a pan on medium high heat, add a little butter. Add the sliced onions and stir to coat them with the melted butter. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook slowly for a minimum of 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the pizza bases are rolled out and ready use a ladle or a big spoon to pour the BBQ sauce onto the middle of the base and spread it around with the back of the ladle or spoon. You only want a thin layer of sauce!

Spread a big handful of the mozzarella evenly on top of the base. Scatter the shredded beef, shredded spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and caramelized onions on top.

Put the pizzas into a preheated oven, 150 degrees/ gas mark 2 and cook for 7 to 10 minutes. The bottom and crust should be cooked through.

Take out of the oven, let rest for a minute, slice up and enjoy!