Wetherspoon’s Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock are having an International Real Ale Festival, it started Friday and is running til November 2nd. I saw the choice of Ale the moment I stepped inside the door and was very impressed.
Buuuuut, there was only a choice of five beers from that selection. I am relatively ignorant about cask ale but I do know that it has to be fresh so that would explain why everything wasn’t on at the one time!
I started with a trio of thirds, Two Bird’s Golden Ale, Val Dieu’s Abbaye Blonde and Brew Moon’s Real Antipodean Ale. All of the Ales were brewed for Wetherspoon’s in English breweries. Of the three I liked the Two Birds best and the other two weren’t bad at all.
We had some food, the chicken wings were probably the best dish, my wife wouldn’t touch her cod and chips as the batter was soggy underneath.
Then I had a half of John Willies 100 which was a properly malty ale, a nice warm beer.
And I finished with a Wicked Weed Freak of Nature, a 7.5% Double IPA that was only being served in halves. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. The beer was fantastic value at €2.50 a pint so the total cost of the beer I had was €5! So Three Tun Tavern, I’ll be back for the beer, but I’ll be be eating beforehand. Sláinte!