Murphy’s Law is well known for it’s food. The breakfast challenge is legendary with people travelling from far and wide to attempt it. That wasn’t on the agenda for the evening though, Athlone Beer Club had only one thing in mind and that was drinking craft beers.
Murphy’s Law always carries a range of craft beers and they got in a few new ones knowing that we were planning a visit. We kicked off the night though with The Session from Blacks of Kinsale. I procured a few bottles of the appropriately named tipple which has just launched last week and PJ (the proprietor) was sound enough to let me bring them in.
This went down well with most of the group (or at least the ones who were there first) and I can’t think of a better beer to begin a session. Lovely, easy drink and plenty of flavour for a 3.5% beer. This type of beer is common in England and I hope we start to see more of it here.
Next up we had a few Blondes from Donegal. This is another easy to drink beer but it was perhaps a little tame after The Session. I would like to try their other beers though.
I was a bit eh, mean then and I subjected everyone to McGargles Gravy Maevey’s Pilsner.
Personally I do not like this beer but I said nothing and waited to see everyone’s reaction. Bar two people, no one was impressed and I almost got thrown out of the club for my chicanery.
Luckily we had some of Kent’s Best from Shepherd Neame to get proceedings back on an even keel. This five hundred year old brewery makes some really great beers and this is one of them. It was my first time to have it and it was one of the group’s favourites.
Independent Red Ale from Galway was up next. Their was a fair bit of interest in this brewery from the group. It’s a small operation but they’re starting off right.
The next beer was another one from Donegal. Kinnegar’s Rustbucket Rye Ale went down really well with a couple of declarations that it was the best beer of the night.
Then we upped the hoppometre and had some of the classic India Pale Ale from Shepherd Neame.
We finished up our tasting with another beer from Galway’s Independent Brewery, their Pale Ale. This hoptastic Pale Ale made for a perfect way to conclude the event.
I’d like to thank everyone for coming out, it was great to meet some new beer lovers. Thanks to PJ for having us and the bar staff for putting up with us all night!
We will be heading to Naughton’s at the end of May for Round Three.