Arriving home late last night after a gig I was greeted by this sight. A midnight snack laid out for me by my wife. I’m a lucky man.
Marcus Robinson had posted me a bottle of his just launched Irish Blond. He has been hard at work for over a year getting the Reel Deel Brewery up and running in Mayo. I must admit that when I heard that the first beer was to be a Blond I was a little disappointed. Another Blond? I was expecting more.
But there’s a twist in the tale as the label notes describe the beer as a ‘Fruity Amber’! The artist’s depiction of the Irish Blond clearly shows a red head! Now we’re talking.
The beer has a fruity aroma and the taste is all about the new world hops. It’s 4.5% so you could have it as a session beer but there’s plenty going on here to hold your interest. I had it with some brie as suggested and that worked really well. Highly recommended. This beer is being distributed now in Dublin and in Mayo and it’ll be more widely available soon. I’m planning to visit the brewery over the next few weeks and I’ll be able to tell you more about how this beer is made. For now though, go find yourself an Irish Blond… Sláinte!