Moate, my adopted home town is not known for it’s craft beer pubs. You can get a good pint of stout but that’s about it. Or that was it until a few days ago. I have been encouraging (they might say badgering) a couple of the more ‘progressive’ publicans to get in something different for a few months now. I was delighted to hear that P Egan’s had gotten Franziskaner Hefeweizen on draft. I can’t talk about the other publican because I’ve heard talk that he has filed for a restraining order or something similar.
The beer is a classic German wheat beer which has been brewed in Munich since the fourteenth century. I already liked this beer in bottles but the draft is a far superior animal altogether. It’s super fresh. The Rugby Official at the bar put me on the spot and asked what it was like, after a minute I replied that it tasted of bananas, cloves and had just a hint of bubblegum sweetness. Which is exactly what this style of beer is supposed to taste like. He had a pint and he must have liked it because he had another! My neighbour the Comic Geek was my drinking buddy for the evening and he makes no claims to be a beer geek but this beer won him over as well. I am happy to report that the Franziskaner tastes every bit as good as it does in the Munich Beer Halls. As the evenings start to get longer and Summer approaches I can see myself and some of my neighbours spending a fair bit of time drinking Franziskaner in Egan’s.