Fair play to Alltech for a great event! I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the live music, spacious layout and of course the brilliant beers. My favourites were Lough Gill, Wild Bat, Hope, Kinnegar, Whitehag, Wicklow brewery, Rascals and there were more. Now that the Irish beer community know each other a bit better, it was cool to bump into a few heads and also to have met some new characters.
Lough Gill Brewery was new to me which is always exciting. The two guys, Tony from Montana and James from Sligo were so sound to chat to about their brewery and there was only top class beer at their stand. I tasted their Andersons Irish ale, which was reminiscent of a creamy red but with a little more candy and hops, not intrusive hops, the good kind. Then sampled the MacNutty brown ale, a bit richer than the Andersons, high-end-medium body and scrumptious finish. Before moving on, I got a glass of the rebel imperial oatmeal coffee cream stout, a whopper 11%abv. Very tasty with a lot happening, flavours just coating the whole mouth such as coffee biscuits, rumcake, brandy hot chocolate and a liquorice undertone.
I really loved seeing Wild Bat Beer because I think that Probus Wines - the place I bought it from when I first heard of it - is such a unique and amazing spot, so I just hold the affiliated beers in esteem automatically. Then there’s the fact that the beers are incredibly good, the California common was the only one I had already tried. I gave the stout a go, luscious. Then the pale ale and then my first New England style ipa! The NEipa was a tester batch and very interesting; aromas and matching flavours of pineapple and other tropical fruits but also creamy smooth with a sweet/sour touch to it.
Overall, a huge well done to the organizers because the beer, the food (amazing donuts), the welcome and general atmosphere was all buzzing. I only wish I could have managed all three days, maybe next time. Thanks for reading folks, see you at the next beer event hopefully. Check out some photos that I took below and leave a comment about what you look for most in a beer event. Share with your beer nerd friends and subscribe for notifications of future posts by Jamiesbeertalk.