Irish craft beer festival -2015

Checked into the hotel at 3 then strolled down to the RDS under a warm sunny sky. Plenty of road closures and green rugby tops due to the game which added to the atmosphere.  I had a game plan of my own…(which soon went out of the window)

First up we headed over to the excellent @kinnegarbrewing to try their Swingletree. A lovely refreshing ale with a spicy, yeasty Belgian vibe. Went down a treat whilst waiting for a pizza.

The low point was that the pizza was probably one of the worst I have had. However we didn’t let that dampen our spirits and moved back inside to try a Sour Brown Ale from @blacksbrewery. Very tasty and refreshing at 5% even though it’s appearance looks dark and heavy.

Next came Black Elder from the West Kerry Brewery. Another low ABV dark ale with lovely elderflower/berry notes.

The time came for something a little different. The free-flowing 7% IPA called October Ale from @dungarvanbrewco really hit the spot. It is aged for 2 years and has a sweet sherry like edge. I could imagine sitting enjoying one in front of an open fire on a cold autumn night.

The beer of the festival for me was the Cream Ale by @whitegypsy. A delicious very smooth and creamy ale that has a great balance. You could drink gallons of it, deceptive at 5.6% it doesn’t taste as strong. Dylan this is a great beer keep up the good work.

By 9pm I must have tried over 20 beers and I think my tastebuds were getting tired! This was a great day out with great beers, music and atmosphere. I will certainly be back next year.

Great work @irishbeerfest