Born of a desire to see more beer produced by independent brewers in Ireland, Metalman Brewing is the brainchild of beer enthusiasts Gráinne Walsh and Tim Barber, who were frustrated by the lack of availability and choice of tasty, authentically Irish beer.
The name of the brewery is inspired by the famous Metal Man navigational aid on the Waterford coast, which was erected in 1823 and stands on one of three pillars overlooking the bay.
The first beer, Metalman Pale Ale, was brewed under contract at the White Gypsy Brewery and launched in March 2011. Production then moved to their own Waterford brewery in May 2012, housed in what used to be an old jute factory just outside the Waterford city centre.
The brewery makes its flagship Metalman Pale Ale all year round. Regular seasonals (released around the same time every year) include Metalman Windjammer, an amber beer; Metalman Alternator, a wheat beer; and Moonbeam, a dark beer with a light body.
The Chameleon range is their vehicle for experimentation – when they want to try something a bit different or a variation on a theme, they brand it under Chameleon. So far the range has included ginger, chilli, lime and a multitude of dry hops.
Check the website for current offerings as well as a list of the pubs around Ireland where you can find the beers (currently only available on draught, though there are plans to bottle it).