Friday, March 13, 2015

Festivals of Days Past

"Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin' is brewin' and bout to begin. Can't put me finger on what lies in store, / But I fear what's to happen all happened before..........." 

As the Irish Beer and Whiskey Festival 2015 is about to kick off today and running  till St Patrick's day. I though I would take a very short recap at the two related festivals of last year I attended. 

The September is now a well trodden calendar date for  Irish Craft Beer Festival, held in the very beautiful Victorian halls in the RDS. 

A first for me with  Teeling Whiskey and one I will be returning to this year. An Kentucky Ale an old friend an this stage.  

I spent some time helping out over at the Craigies Cider booth, a classic Brittany cider and well worth seeking out . A great experience and some very tasty cheeses to give out to the punters too. 

Its not beer festival with out Jane Russell sausages, always a personal favourite of mine, sausages-fest!! 

My own  true original, a "Dirty Hooker" beer cocktail comprising of  half Galway Hooker pale ale and their  Stout! The stout was on cask to and in perfect condition. 

N17  brewery and Sarah Roarty  where pouring their very tasty and award winning Oatmeal stout.The recipe was developed Richie and was in tip-top condition on the beer engine. 

The last picture was courtesy of 2014 St Patrick's festival down in the CHQ. Nothing better than having a pint of something dark around Patrick's weekend. In this case it was Blacks IPA with all the lovely C hops aroma of a well made American IPA, but with out the big roast you would expect with a black beer.

Well that's all folks, roll on Irish Beer and Whiskey Festival 2015 

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