The West’s Awake!

As a very special treat my wife and I visited Ballynahinch Castle at the weekend. It’s lovely and the food is excellent but this isn’t Simon Says You Really Should Stay Here! The tap line up in the bar wasn’t for me, but I was happy to discover that they stocked a few Irish Craft Beer bottles including some from Galway Bay and Kinnegar.

We took a slight detour on our way home to have a look around Clifden. Guy’s Bar caught my eye and I was happy to see a tap line up which included Galway Hooker, Independent, Bridewell and Stonewell Cider. A pint of Connemara Gold went down very nicely indeed.

I spotted The Brass Monkey in Moycullen on the outward leg of our journey and I reckoned it was worth a look. They had a few decent beers on tap including Samuel Adams Boston Lager. I called for a Full Sail IPA and enjoyed it beside their stove.

No trip west is complete without a stop in Caribou. Wylam’s Swiperight Session IPA is a pure juice bomb and was very enjoyable indeed. I also rather liked Fierce Beer’s Very Berry, it’s nice and tart.

Irish craft beer and pizza

Dough Bros Pizza in Galway had just been announced as one of The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Restaurants in Ireland and a couple of people had recommended it to myself and my wife. I asked the ‘craft beer question’ and was told that they had their own Dough Brews Session Pale Ale brewed by Independent. So I finished the day the way I started, with a good Galway beer. It works very well with the pizza! So there you have a few spots to visit if you are travelling through Connemara and Galway. Sláinte!

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2 Responses to The West’s Awake!

  1. Whiskey Nut says:

    Caribou have a decent whiskey selection too!

    • Simon says:

      Ah I wouldn’t be the whiskey hound you are. I did have a green or yellow spot after my dinner Saturday night though!

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