Thursday 10th July saw the third Irish Craft Brewer homebrew tasting event in the Bull & Castle Beerhall, Dublin. A record number of brewers -- almost twenty -- brought a variety of beers (and two ciders) to the party, which called for a more free-form format than previous tastings. With the admission that not everyone would get to try every beer on offer we split the beers loosely along colour lines, starting with the paler ones. At 7pm (roughly) the first caps and swingtops were relieved of their duties.
I'm not intending this to be an exhaustive account of everything brought to the table (I've only one liver), just some of the ones that stood out in a field of the usual high ICB quality.
The imminent departure of Site Admin Adeptus (Barry M) for Germany prompted the Bull & Castle management to suggest a tasting night / going-away party in the Beerhall. And so it was on 7th February that about twenty brewers and drinkers gathered to share some homebrew and assorted commercial beers of interest. The house laid on a generous spread of cold meats, cheeses, breads and olives which all agreed complemented the beers beautifully.
The tastings followed a freeform pattern, with each brewer presenting their wares in turn.
We had an ICB Meet up at the Bierhaus on Saturday afternoon, 16th February. Indications in advance were that we would have a small attendance but we felt that what was lacking in quantity we had in quality!!! The ever-modest people that we are!!!
Rebel, Beeristhereason, Andy, Peter, his good wife Anne, and Andy Scribbles turned up – Dave whilst working was unable to sit in with us fully.
Rebel and Ger met first and jointly sampled an O'Hara's Red and bottle of Schiehallion from the Harviestoun Brewery. Dave had had this in for a little while - one of his occasional cases. It's from the same brewery as Bitter and Twisted which has become a regular fixture in the Bierhaus. Whilst Ger has had this drink before Rebel and BITR sampled this for the first time and were both very impressed with it. A decent aromatic blonde beer it sure is. The O'Hara's was very good as it always is too.
The beer, a double IPA will be where ever great beers are found from May.
Here's a full length video taken by Reuben. It uses some of Brian's excellent pictures as well as some of Steve's.
Such was the anticipation felt by many for the second IrishCraftbrewer.com “Meet and Taste” session that many of the attendees turned up before the appointed hour of 7pm. The venue was the Bull and Castle Beer Hall and the area for the event had been well prepared with a large table reserved. There was another table adjacent laid with a white table cloth and what seemed like 500 glasses for the tasting! Before proceedings began, people stood around chatting and having a “warm up” brew. Blarney Blonde on tap seemed to be a popular choice. It was great to see that several had travelled long distances for the evening, including from Athlone, Waterford, Cork and Mayo! It was also good to see a good number of “non-brewers” in attendance.