So #MCBF18 happened.

Woah! Some parts of my body are a bit sore but that’s just because I had a great time at yesterday’s Midlands Craft Beer Festival.

Craft Beer Festival in Don's Bar

We had a nice variety of breweries from the just starting out Wide Street Brewing to the somewhat more established St. Mel’s Brewing. Wide Street were pouring samples of their delicious Saison which was brewed with black lime if I remember correctly.

The dress code was ‘cherries’.

The only currency that mattered were the beer bucks printed up by our friends in Studio 93. Keep an eye out for a video shot by Darren at the festival.

Oisin Foley had the crowd in the palm of his hand with his fun magic tricks. Then Eamon Hatton and friends took to the stage and blew us away with the blues.

Ger Costello brought his White Rhino IPA which had a lovely pineapple flavour and aroma. He also had a brand new Lager brewed with spelt which was very tasty.

Joe had a fun day pouring the fantastic Miami J. It was very well received by the beer loving crowd.

Midlands Beer Collective were pouring the last kegs of their excellent American Style Brethern Brown.

The lads from St Mel’s are festival stalwarts having been at every event in Moate. They are already looking forward to the 2019 festival. Their Helles Lager went down a treat.

Dead Centre have come a long way in the 12 months since they launched at last year’s bash. They’re looking at opening their Athlone brew pub before the year is out. The best of luck Liam!

Don had an offering of pizza, burgers and, my favourite, loaded fries!

Eamon hopped up on stage with Toxic Twins and they made some musical magic together!

Dan Kelly’s Cider was very refreshing in the warm evening. Thanks due to Olan for helping us out with cider at the 11th hour too!

As night fell so did the giant tower of Jenga.

We had a good crew back to my house where we enjoyed a post festival whiskey and a really great breakfast cooked by my amazing wife. Thanks to everyone who helped out, thanks to Don and Lisa for everything and thank you for coming out. See you there next year! Sláinte!

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