J.J. Harlow’s in Roscommon town has been recommended to me several times over the past few years. ‘You’ll love it Simon!’ is a phrase I’ve heard more than once. All of the pieces fell into place yesterday afternoon and I had the opportunity to pay a visit. It looks like a medium sized pub from the front but it goes a long way back. I stopped in the middle section when I saw the bank of taps.
I said I’d begin with one from up the road in Leitrim. Carrig Brewing Company have recently started in their own brand new premises and this was my first chance to taste their wares. It’s a very tasty Amber, I like it!
I heard very recently that they had beers on cask which is a bit of a rarity round these parts. White Gypsy Brunette was on so I had to try that.
It’s a dark brown ale which is a bit like a really good fruit and nut chocolate bar. Quality.
To conclude the mini session I went for a pint of Bru Dubh.
I’ve had this in it’s bottled ‘nitro’ form before but I have to say the draft made a big difference. Stout drinkers of Ireland, you don’t want to miss out on this one!
I have to say you could do an awful lot worse than while away a couple of hours in J.J. Harlow’s of an afternoon. Brian, one of the proprietors was chatty and knowledgeable and the customers were a relaxed and friendly bunch. Now I just have to devise a plan to get back to Roscommon!
Oh and the Roscommon Lamb Festival is on next week so the craic will be ninety in Roscommon town. ( they all ran away when they saw me coming for some reason, it could have been the menacing way I was licking my lips though…. )