Thanks to everyone who has read, liked and commented on this humble blog. Since beginning at the end of September there have been views from Azerbaijan to Japan and more from Ireland where you have some chance of knowing what I am on about. So to you all I raise a glass and say Sláinte!
2014 is almost here and I may have to remove the ‘brand new blog’ phrase from my front page. Plans are afoot for trips to breweries, speciality pubs and a few beer festivals in the new year. Next week I will be in the America and I will be keeping an eye out for the local brews. My fellow beer bloggers have posted their Golden Pints from 2013 but I want to wait till I have a full year under my belt, as they say, before making announcements like that.
Today myself and my wife went out very early to ring in the new year. It was a late lunch to be exact, but when you have small children your party times are planned around them! We went to a spot we liked last year, Bear on Dublin’s South William Street. Sadly they no longer had White Gypsy beers on draft, they also only offer the Million Dollar fries on the evening menu, so we left.
Pitt Bros is a relatively new barbecue spot on Georges Street. They had this:
So how bad could it be? I plucked a Founder’s Centennial IPA from the bath tub, seriously, how often do you get to say that? I have written about this beer already, it’s one of my favourites from the past year.(http://simonbroderick.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/the-founders-come-to-the-midlands-part-the-seconde/) You could also choose Brew Dog’s Punk IPA, Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale a few O’Hara’s, Brooklyn Lager or an Irish Craft Cider that I haven’t seen before. I am not a huge fan of cider since over doing it in my younger years. No big surprises but all very drinkable and perfect to go with barbeque.
Both of us opted for the pulled pork. And it was excellent. For sides I went for mac and cheese and marrow mash. All of the delicious carbs! My better half went for fries and burnt end beans, comparisons with Bison Bar are inevitable but I think these are the only points it didn’t quite measure up on. For dessert you get to pull your own ice cream cone and it’s free. As it says on the menu: ‘You eat the meat, we supply the treat!’ For seconds I had an O’Hara’s IPA but sadly it couldn’t compete with the Founder’s flavourbomb!
Today I also had one of the 8 degrees Back To Black Beers, I have the other two at home waiting for me so I will let you all know what I think of them in my next post, next year!