The Irish Beer and Whiskey Village is on in the RDS at the moment, it finishes at 11.30pm tonight. ( If you’re reading this on Saturday 19th of March.) I hopped on a bus and headed out yesterday evening to meet up with some of my beer buddies.
I started off with a half of Foxes Rock Red Ale which was nice and sessionable at 4.5%.
Staying Red I went to the White Hag stand next to try their new Red IPA.
One wag was slating it but I decided to brave it anyway and was very happy with it’s Mosaicy (sic) flavour. It just goes to show, we all have different palates.
I tried Grunt Saison from newish brewery Hope. It was very refreshing. Impressive.
I had a drop of O’Hara’s special anniversary Imperial Stout next paired with one of Janice ‘Mrs Irish Beer Snob’ Dunne’s famous brownies. Seamus O’Hara showed us the very fancy bottles which were topped by their newly acquired cage and cork machine. Very fancy indeed. An epic beer to mark their twentieth year.
Rupert from Longueville House talked us through their ciders and their excellent apple brandy, I’ll be doing a full review of those soon.
I swung by St Mel’s and tried the 2016 Spring Bock, they’ve tweaked the recipe a bit and, I think it has improved.
Speaking of seasonal specials, I tried a drop of the Porterhouse Chocolate Truffle Stout next. It was only gorgeous.
I tried Metalman’s Orange Is The New Black and Ironmonger IPA. I preferred the Ironmonger and went for a half of that.
I finally met Barry from O Brother and it was good to get to chat with one of the men behind their great beers.
…and I finished off with some of Rascal’s rather good Flamin’ Red Double IPA and a Jane Russell hot dog. Those three hours flew by! If you’re in Dublin today you should head out for the craic. If not, there’s always the big one in September. Sláinte!