We had our second Meeting of the Munster Members of ICB, on Thursday 6th December, in the Franciscan Well. Those who attended on the night were Rebel (who had done most of the background organising for the evening), oconn, Beeristhereason (making his début!), his buddy Morgan, Alan (nephew of Peter Lyall, assistant Brewer in Franciscan) and Ger Cork. Ger Cork postponed commencing a seven day course of antibiotics to be able to enjoy this evening safely. The things we do for beer!
The long awaited, second Irish Craft Brewer tasting session took place on the 19th of July, in the Bull and Castle Beer Hall. With almost 30 people in attendance, I am very glad that it took place in this excellent pub and not in my kitchen, like the last one.
This is a great venue and the fact that were were allowed to hold this event there speaks volumes about the management and their commitment to their customers and quality beer.
After the first gathering of the Irish Craft Brewers I was expecting some high quality, craft brewed beer and I can tell you, I was not disappointed.
I, like many others, started the night out with a pint of Blarney Blond, the logic being that Galway Hooker, or any other strongly flavoured beer, would ruin the palate, making the more delicately flavoured wheat beers, up first, seem bland by comparison.
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.