Belfast firm toasts top brewery accolade
A brewery in east Belfast has been named as the top beer maker in Northern Ireland.
Boundary Brewing walked away with three accolades from website Ratebeer.
They were for best Northern Ireland brewer, best beer and the award for top new brewer.
Matthew Dick (31), from Belfast, left a PhD behind and a full-time job as a brewer to start the business.
Mr Dick said: "I had quietly set winning these awards as a personal goal.
"I didn't tell anyone about it.
"I couldn't believe that we had won all three, and in our first year too."
The Belfast brewery has only been going a year, and last month the co-operative business raised almost £200,000 in funding.
Boundary is also soon set to sell its brews in none other than Disney World in Florida.
It produces three core beers, an American pale ale, big hoppy IPA and an export stout, as well as a range of special one-offs.
And demand couldn't be stronger for craft beer, with now more than two dozen microbreweries in Northern Ireland alone.
Last year Connaire McGreevy, a former SDLP councillor for Newry and Mourne District Council launched Mourne Mountains Brewery.
Other breweries are also expanding their own exports, including the Hercules Brewing Company.
And one of the latest additions to the beer scene here is Gallopers, a beer brand released by Eamonn Holmes' son Declan.