We had a cracker of a day yesterday in Don’s new improved Beer Garden. There was huge work done in it over the past fortnight. Some said it wouldn’t be ready on time. But it was! We couldn’t have ordered nicer weather from Met Eireann. It was perfect. Porky was bacon in the heat.
Wild Bat were on point with their savage logo and the shirts. Their Californian Common Sonic and American Pale Garage Days were tasting great too.
Soulwater brought Sour Suzy with them and she went down really well. Beautifully refreshing. I also really enjoyed their own Alien Unicorn.
McGargles Francis’ Big Bangin’ IPA proved popular despite, or perhaps because it was over 7%. You could say it was good bang for your Beer bucks.
The Longueville House Cider tasted particularly good in the sunshine.
Reuben Gray of Beoir, Dave Guilfoyle from Trouble Brewing, John Fahy from Black’s Of Kinsale and I judged the inaugural Midlands Brewers Cup.
Liam Tutty and Sean Kelly’s 11 Seconds took first prize in a unanimous decision. Second place went to Brendan Kenny for his Black IPA and Sean Colohan’s Banana and Chocolate Dunkel came third.
Breffní O’Cleirigh’s mobile bar really stood out and their Banjaxed was pretty sweet.
…and then that happened. Luckily those Land Rovers were built to take abuse.
Dave McKay brought some Galway Bay Whiskey and generously shared it. To be honest most of us really didn’t need whiskey at that point.
Black Donkey’s Scythe was nicely juicy and Glenn makes a good foil for Richard.
I finished off the evening sitting down with a drop of St Mel’s Autumn IPA. I don’t know if it’s early or late but it tasted great. I think it was a success. We might have another wee festival before the summer is out. Thanks to Don for having the place ready on time, the lads did a great job. Derek, John and my wife Marina are also due thanks. The food was excellent so fair play to everyone who was involved in that. Thanks to the Brewers and Cider man Rupert for their efforts. Thank you to everyone who came and made it special and anyone who I’ve forgotten! Till next time, sláinte!