On a wet Friday afternoon I hooked up with a ramshackle bunch of beery types in the Black Sheep for lunch. We made our way to the Convention Centre via the Brew Dock, it’s like the Luas was built with us in mind. We picked up our passes from Maeve and Tracey, who looked after us well, thank you both. On entering the main arena myself and Sean Kelly spotted Liam Hanlon who showed us his randal, St Mel’s Helles was ran through some of their famous Neomexicanus hops. It made it into a completely different beer and a good start to the evening.
Next stop was the Soulwater stand, they had some interesting beers on draught including Buxton’s Ice Cream Pale Ale, it’s creamy because they added lactose to it, tasty, but a half was enough.
Myself and Wayne ‘Irish Beer Snob’ Dunne made our way over to give Olan of Dan Kelly’s fame some grief after that and he plied us with his Single Varietal and Whiskey Barrel Aged Ciders. Both were delicious. And that made up two of my five a day didn’t it?
I bumped into Aidan Sweeney and we sampled the intense Black IPA Independent and Wood Key brewed together.
Sarah ‘5 minutes of’ Finney was pouring her own Cheers So Make It A Double IPA. She brewed it with Five Lamps, bit of a coup that.
Liam Tutty from McGargles poured us some of their Granny Mary Red Ale which was on cask. I have never been a fan of this beer but cask really suits it. McGargles also won the overall top Gold medal for their Francis’ Big Bangin’ IPA, congratulations on that!
Joe from White Hag gave me some of their Brett Pale Ale which was a nice refresher. White Hag picked up a fair few medals as well, deserved ones for their Black Boar.
Sarah Roarty was pouring her N17 Chili Porter and offering samples of Irish grown chilies to anyone who was feeling brave.
I swung by Wicklow Wolf and had a wee drop of their Elevation Pale Ale.
Then I tried some of Rick from Kinnegar’s excellent Flying Saucer Special Export Stout. He is very proud of the beer and delighted to have picked up a gold medal for it.
I tried Mont’s Lager for the first time, it’s a nice unpretentious beer that I’d like to have again.
I finished off the session with a Dortmunder Export from Wicklow Brewery and then it was time to head for the hills. The fair is on today until 10pm and open tomorrow from 12.30 to 7pm, I highly recommend going. Sláinte!