Love your local brewery? My local is Wicklow Wolf and if this title was a commandment, it’d be an easy one to keep. New to Bray in the last few years, having a solid brewery is one of the many things I’ve come to like about this North Wicklow town.
In Dublin and also Bray where I live, there are more places now than ever, where you can get great beer and food too. Whelehan’s wines, Hollands of Bray, any of the Galway Bay pubs, to name a few. As I venture to advocate beer and food pairing in Ireland, I also want to give you some ideas to try at home.
The sixth Irish craft beer festival at the RDS was epic. Even though the bus strike on Thursday and Friday seemed to pare the attendance numbers down it was evident that this industry continues to gain popularity.
A “beer lineup” is when you have a mix of beer styles at a session and drink them in an order that helps the flavour of one lead into the next by a good transition, if you were at a wine tasting you wouldn’t start with a shiraz and work your way down to a pinot noir.
I had the pleasure of Meeting brewer Shane Kelly and business partner Pete of Dotbrew at the Craft fair in Teeling Distillery this weekend. Dotbrew are one of the latest and greatest additions to the Irish brewing scene, they’re creating beers of exceptional quality.
The World is moving into a new age in which Beer is at the top of the food (pairing) chain. There is even a michelin star restaurant in New York, Luksus that is solely serving beer with twelve courses, paired by the house sommelier. Ten years ago you’d have been called mad to predict this but perhaps there’s a refined beer scene on the horizon in Ireland too.