Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival
Nelson @IrishBeerFest: Thanks to @TOBeerFestival I was made aware of the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival being held in Dublin. By dumb luck, I happened to be in Ireland when it was happening! What a lucky coincidence and I just had to check it out.
This convention center is a great location that feels outdoors while still being indoors. On this Sunday afternoon, it happened to be the Championship game of Hurling, whihc is Ireland's national sport. They set up TVs and we were able to watch our first ever Hurling match. That sport which I would describe as a cross between soccer/lacrosse/football is crazy exciting fast. The match we watched came down to the wire, ultimately ending up in a tie, but it was the most exciting tie game I have ever watched. What a fun experience!
|What craft beers would you want to represent Toronto? I think the Toronto Festival of Beer organizers did a good job of representing Canada as you can see from the choices on the board. I didn't try any on this day as I have already tried at least one type of beer from each of the companies listed. I had to save room for Irish beers!|
The best part of this festival was being able to sample so many beers before using up our token. And the samples were usually really generous, so much so that we probably drank double the amount our tokens bought us.
Unfortunately I was so tired and drinking so much that I didn't take good notes, so I'm going by memory. We tried a Galway's Buried at Sea Chocolate Milk Stout (@galwaybeer). It had more of a roasted malt flavour than chocolate milk flavour, but you could still taste the subtle chocolate flavour. Delicious.
|Crean's (@TomCreansLager) is the first beer I tried as I wanted to start with a lighter one. The guy manning the booth gave me a sample and I liked it so much I wanted more. Crean's sells fresh Irish Lager and boy was it fresh. The clean taste and refreshing nature of the beer really satisfied me at that moment. What a great way to start.|
|We also had to eat and we went with Pieman Pies (6 euro). We tried the beef & Guinness of course and it was delicious. Moist insides surrounded by a flaky outside made this the perfect complement to all the beer. Yum!|
|It was a bit cool to stay outside, but they did have a nice setup if you wanted to drink beer outside. Even here they have food trucks.|
Lastly, I mention some other ones we tried and liked. Kitty had to have a cider, so she tried one from Tempted?, a summer sweet cider that was - not surprisingly - sweet. I discovered that I can tolerate ciders, but only if they are of the dry variety. It's nice to know that I can even consider trying and liking them now, as most I've tried have been too sweet for me to like.
Kitty wanted to have Mourne Oyster stout. It disappointingly didn't taste like oysters very much. But stouts are famous from Ireland and we really enjoyed trying all the different varieties.
Lastly we tried a coffee stout from independent brewing company of Ireland. It had a strong coffee smell and taste and stood out from all the other stouts we tried that day.
Stouts are one of my favourite types of beer and I had so much fun trying so many. I even appreciated being able to try so many ciders which I am coming around to. Kitty's two favourite types of beers are stouts and ciders, so I know she had a good time here. The atmosphere was really chill with a live band playing chill covers of popular songs throughout the afternoon. Great event and glad I heard about it through our own Craft Beer Festival in Toronto.
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