When the lads from Galway Hooker were installing their brew in the Bull and Castle, I quizzed them about their inspiration for producing an IPA. Ronan told me about their experience at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and said that if I ever got the chance that I should go. I took note and when Jerry Kolbly from The Newport Beach brewery in Orange county visited us in the Bull and Castle and also mentioned the GABF, adding that he could get me a brewers pass for the weekend, I was there!
The Bull & Castle in Dublin is running a two-month long autumn festival for all of September and October. A range of special and seasonal beers will be available on rotation during the event including, appropriately enough, Eight Degrees Ochtoberfest Bock, one of the stars of the 2015 Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS. There will also be a new beer from local outfit Five Lamps, a Dark IPA of 6.9% ABV.
And there'll be a selection of infused spirits, cocktails and something called an Orange & Nutmeg Bourbon Hot Chocolate. BUT the real action is at the handpump. On the cask roster is:
The latter of these, a collaboration brew with Norwegian craft beer pioneers Nøgne Ø, went down a storm at the RDS and has been in very short supply around the country. A cask in Dublin is a coup; €4.50 a pint makes it unmissable.
Specially Commended: Two Sisters – Brigid's Ale
Specially Commended: O Brother – The Fixer
Specially Commended: White Hag – Barrel-Aged Black Boar
The second Bierhaus Beerfest was held over the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd June 2008. It was run in conjunction with the Shandon Street Festival which is a community festival held on the Saturday.
While Dave, owner of the Bierhaus, made great efforts to have everything up and running for the festival unfortunately the one thing he did not book was the weather! Saturday was a really horrible wintry day, which was more of a damper to the outdoor events at the Shandon Festival which I visited before adjourning to the warmth of the Bierhaus.
We had hoped to have an ICB meet-up but this did not materialise, but a few members were there at different times on Saturday and I hope this article is in tandem with their thoughts of what beers were on offer.