Yesterday saw the third annual Midlands Craft Beer Festival in Don’s Bar, Moate. And it was whopper. I may be slightly biased so feel free to get a second opinion.
We could not have asked for better weather. People started to arrive early and we had a couple of technical problems with electricity.
Luckily Dan Kelly’s had delicious cold bottles of cider at the ready for the thirsty folks.
Athlone’s Hot Property were cooking. They started off with some laid back blues before building up to a cracking ‘When The Levee Breaks’. The lads have a long standing Monday night residency in Flannery’s if you want to hear them play.
I was double jobbing yesterday serving lovely pints of the McGargles Session IPA and doing some other organising as well. Thanks to John and Derek who shared the load!
St Mel’s were pouring the first in their new series of limited edition beers. A New Dawn is a delicious roasty Black IPA.
Rascal’s had their (last keg in the world? ) Strawberry Milkshake IPA and Yankee White IPA and they both tasted great in the sunshine.
Toxic Twins have played all three years at the festival. Dave told me he loves it. We love you too Dave.
Speaking of Dave. Mr Guilfoyle brought Arty to the party. Trouble Brewing’s new Stagediver American Amber was very tasty.
Oisin Foley, pictured above with the cards, provided some fantastic entertainment for everyone. You can check him out on Facebook.We attracted some of the bloggeratti with the phabulous Two Phat Cows and Mr and Mrs Irish Beer Snob. Traditional media was represented by the Westmeath Independent so pick up a copy next Wednesday. Cheers for the support!
Big thanks to Specsavers Athlone who helped to defray some of the costs involved, and Studio 93 who looked after the printing. The beer bucks went down a bomb! Finally, a huge thanks as always to the crew at Don’s Bar for once again putting on a great show. Cheers to everyone who turned out, I hope you all had as good a day as I did. See you all next year. Sláinte!