Beer in the City

Urban Brewing has just opened in the CHQ building on the Quays in Dublin’s financial district. 

Myself and assorted beery types were invited to check the place out during the week. 

We are all given a sample of their Saison to wet our whistles. It was drinkable and summery but it probably could’ve done with a bit more time in the tank. 

The upstairs bar was very chic, with an outdoor dining area and a great view of the brew house on the mezzanine. 

The venture is part of the Carlow Brewing Company so it was no surprise to see O’Hara’s range on the bar, they were joined by Trouble Brewing’s Remix as well as very impressive selection of bottles and cans. 

I remarked that they really needed a blackboard to list their house beers but it was all in hand, waiting downstairs to be erected. 

We were treated to a selection of the tapas from the kitchen. I have to say the sweet potatoes were delicious. 

As was the beef cheek, which was slow cooked for 14 hours in Red Ale. 

There was some cauliflower steak which was accompanied by some tasty house made ketchup. Why do vegans or vegetarians like to call things after meat? There’s even a vegan butcher in Dublin! I was vegetarian myself for a whole year, a long time ago, I was also skinny! Coincidence? Anyway, I’m definitely back on the carnivorous wagon now. 

One of the sweet treats was a very moreish kind of baked profiterole filled with a white chocolate and Stout mousse. 

I was also given a taste of the stout from the tank, I’d say that it will finish out nicely. The plan is to serve directly from the Bright Beer Tanks and on special occasions from Barrels. It’s a unique proposition and a welcome addition to the Dublin Beer scene. I will return to check out their complete range of beers and for some more of that, very high end, tapas. Sláinte! 

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