Tanyard Lane, Tullamore 

Tanyard Lane opened in Tullamore a couple of weeks back and I was finally able to pay it a visit yesterday. It’s a Carrig Bar like Bar Rua in Dublin and The Barrelstore in Carrick On Shannon. As well as their own beers they had Hope Passifyoucan, Galway Hooker and MacIvor’s Cider on draught. I chose Passifyoucan to start with. 

Tanyard Lane does food too so I shared a bowl of chicken wings with my wife. They were grand but we’d have preferred them spicier. For mains I had a burger which was a bit over done. The chips were good. 

My better half had the fish and chips which were quite tasty. For my second pint I tried their Shepherd’s Delight. They called it an IPA but I’d call it an American Amber. Either way it was a decent pint. Friendly service and a nice atmosphere, I’ll visit again. Sláinte! 

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Bag of cans? 

I picked up a few new cans in O’Brien’s and some other places over the last while. I’ll start with the foreign ones and finish with the Irish beers. BrewDog’s Zeitgeist fulfills it’s promise to be an ‘Idiosyncratic Lager’. For starters it’s as black as night, so far, so dunkel. And then it hits you with loads of chocolate aroma and flavour. Colour me confused and happy. If I hadn’t read Lager on the can I would’ve put money on it being a stout. Enjoyable anyway, whatever you want to call it. 

Staying strange, check out the artwork on Cuvee Des Trolls. The taste? Belgian meh.  

Whiplash’s latest collaboration was with Max Lagers and it rolled of the Irish Craft Canning line on Friday. I was there at the start of the process to witness Alex and JR peeling hundreds of Grapefruit. 

I didn’t help or anything, they had already recruited Shane Edge of West and he looked to have it in hand. Keep an eye out for his blog on Whiplash. Difficult as it is to be impartial here, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that this is superlative. It’s pure breakfast juice goodness and I imagine it’s full of vitamin c. It’s lovely and dry and keeps you coming back for more. And it comes once again wrapped in Sophie De Vere’s amazing artwork. Don’t pass it when you see it. 

Wicklow Wolf lucked upon some Zoso hops and made a Smash (single malt and single hop brew) with it and some Red X malt. This is the only beer in Europe brewed with these hops. It has a Grapefruit aroma and flavour too but that’s from the Zoso hop. It’s a limited run so pick it up while you can. 

We already know that YellowBelly make good Lager. They have a new canning line below in their new brewery in Wexford. Unfortunately this particular can was a little under carbonated, but we’ll put it down to teething problems. They’re putting that artwork on their new t shirts which look deadly. 

And finally YellowBelly’s famous Citra Pale Ale. You know you want it. Goes down very easy on one of these fine evenings we’re having. Definitely one of the best Pale Ales in the country. Cans. They’re the way forward. Sláinte! 

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Set the Stag Saor! 

9 White Deer have just launched their Stag Saor range of Gluten Free beers. Up until now your choices of Gluten Free Craft Beers have been slim to say the least. Don, one of the Co Founders of 9 White Deer dropped me off some samples to try. The inspiration behind the descion to brew a range of Gluten Free beers came from the fact that he was diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance within a year of opening the brewery. My initial thoughts were: ‘you poor fecker!’…but talk about turning misfortune into an opportunity! They now have a fantastic Unique Selling Point. The beers are also vegan friendly and have around 200 kCals. Talk about ticking all of the boxes! 

The first one I tried was the Red Ale which has a pleasing caramel taste. It would be a good one for a session. I wonder could you make gluten free bread and butter pudding to go with it? 

I gave the Kolsch Style Beer to Natasha our intern at work who has Gluten Intolerance. She said it:’had a really nice aroma’ and found it ‘very refreshing!’

I found the Pale Ale a little bland but it was certainly still drinkable. I think I found the mouthfeel of them all a little thin but that could just be me? 

I really liked the IPA which pours a beautiful shade of amber and had a nice fruity hoppiness. It is the latest in a line of quality IPAs from the 9 White Deer stable. 

The last bottle I had was the Stout which had some Madagascan Vanilla in the brew. Again it had a lovely rich aroma and it went down very nicely indeed. It’s unusual to get a dark Gluten Free beer and I can see this one being very popular for them. I have to say if I was Gluten Intolerant I would be absolutely made up with these beers. As it is I’d happily drink them again, especially the IPA and the Stout. Sláinte! 
* if you want to order some of these beers they’re available from theBeerClub.ie 

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Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair 2017

Alltech was a little different for me this year as I was behind the bar for the first time. My role as Rye River Beer Specialist meant that I served a lot of McGargles’ beers and even managed to answer some questions on Facebook live…It was really great to be part of the team that took home fourteen medals. Bill (the handsome lad in the middle of the picture above) came up with the recipe for the Crafty Brewing Company American Style Pale Wheat and was proudly showing off his prize. And one of the most popular beers of the weekend was the brand new Double Bangin’ IPA which was conceived by brewer Conor. Both won gold best in category. Well done lads! My own favourite is the Little Bangin’ which was Darragh’s baby…I had one or two over the weekend just to make sure it was tasting right. 

On the Friday evening I particularly enjoyed the Trouble Brewing Rascal’s collaboration Something Witty. It was brewed with pear and lemongrass and it was subtle and mellow. I also liked the new IPA from 8 Degrees Transpacific. Wicklow Wolf’s Zoso will be popular with fans of Led Zeppelin and Smash IPAs.  

I started off Saturday morning chatting to James from Lough Gill and he gave me a taste of his very sessionable Red Ale Anderson’s. He also told me a bit about the history of Anderson’s, a Sligo brewery that once supplied their ales everywhere in Connaught. This is a tribute to that once great brewery. 

He also let me try the first in their Rebel Stout series. As you can see it was only a small sample but the beer is a big 11% Imperial Oatmeal and it was only midday! It looks like Lough Gill have some very interesting beers coming in 2017, ones to watch. 

Wicklow had their new WB40 on draught and it couldn’t resist the sound of a ‘Dank IPA’! If they start canning it they’re on a winner. 

One beer that I was very excited about was the BrewDog Cloudwater collaboration New England IPA. It was grand, but I think my expectations were set too high. Nice soupy one though for fans of opaque beers.

Another of the beers on my list was The Hare and The Hag, an Irish Coffee Nitro Stout from Kinnegar and White Hag. It did exactly what it said on the proverbial tin; milky and sweet with some nice coffee character. 

Gemma from Four Corners tipped me off about BrewDog’s Strawberry Vanilla Blitz. It was bloody gorgeous, walking that sweet and sour tightrope like a boss. 

Viet from Barcelona Beer Company let me try their Sorachi Green Tea beer Nicotto. I thought it was beautiful but Sorachi is one of those marmite hops and others weren’t as keen! 

Myself and Sarah ‘5 minutes of’ Finney swung by the Stationworks bar and we tried the Barrel Aged Choco Stout first. I think it was actually aged in a giant drum of Cadbury’s Drinking Chocolate. It had a similar powdery texture too. Weird. But we both agreed their Double IPA was very nice. They should just call it an IPA though as it’s around 6%. 

The night was drawing to a close and I wanted to finish on a high so I had Black’s of Kinsale’s barley wine The Irish Giant. This bruiser also clocks in at 11% just like the one from ten hours earlier but I allowed myself a bigger serve as my duties were almost done. It was probably my favourite beer of the weekend  (barring McGargles obviously!) There was some fantastic food at the festival too, I enjoyed Pie man’s Steak and Stout pie and Barry John’s curry sausages. And there was some great entertainment too…I may have been heartily singing along with Brass Tacks at one stage. Thanks Alltech for once again putting on a stellar show, see you in 2018. Sláinte! 

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Pink to make the boys wink! 

Trouble Brewing’s second special fruit beer to be bottled is the latest version of Weisse City. It’s a Raspberry Berliner Weisse style beer. If you’re sitting outside a bar in Berlin gazing at the Brandenburg Gate you could well be sipping on a local favourite, Berliner Weisse with some Raspberry syrup mixed in. I actually did just that, many years ago, I think I found the beer too sweet! This however is sufficiently tart and dry and tastes rather more grown up than the Ribena it resembles. Trouble Brewing have considerately saved us the bother of faffing about with syrup by adding a shed load of raspberries to the kettle soured brew. 
Unfortunately you probably won’t be able to get your mitts on this beautiful beer in time for Valentine’s Day but check out their TwitterFacebook and Instagram   for more details. I’m just lucky that I was given a sample. Sláinte! 

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