USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) in Cobh

April 13th, 2014

Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf visited Cobh this weekend.

Sky Garden in Fitzgerald park is taking shape

April 7th, 2014

We went for a look at the nearly finished Sky Garden in Fitzgerald park this weekend. It’s looking good, and I think it’ll turn out very well.

Sky Garden Pan

new beers from Munster Brewery and a great beer’n'pizza offer

April 4th, 2014

Corks latest brewery, Munster Brewery recently opened just down the road from me in Youghal. Michael in Bradleys just got their first 2 beers in, so I called in to get them to try this weekend.

Blackguard and Fir Bolg, from Munster  Brewery

While I was in there I spotted this great offer – a six pack of 8 degrees fantastic beer, and a pizza from Saturday Pizzas in Ballymaloe. They sound like great pizza, soon as they make one without cheese I’ll be trying it :)

The craft revolution rolls on!

brew day at the Mad Monk, Midleton

March 30th, 2014

The National Homebrew Club organised a brew day at the Mad Monk in Midleton yesterday. Two batches of beer were brewed in the pub, and will go into the club barrel for aging.

Rebel Brew day at the Mad Monk, Midleton

Rebel Brew day at the Mad Monk, Midleton

Brew days are a great way to learn to brew beer at home. Come alone to the next one – you can just drop in for a short time and enjoy a craft beer while learning how to make beer at home.

all grain brew demo with National Homebrew Club in the Mad Monk Midleton

March 27th, 2014

“The Mad Monk in association with the National Homebrew Club isholding…
All Grain Brewday – Saturday 29th March 10:30AM – Mad Monk Midleton

Starting at 10:30 we will be brewing 1 (or more, back to back) batches of beer in the Mad Monk.
This will continue until 3pm or 4pm, but you are more than welcome to drop in and out at any time.

You will see the complete brewing process process from whole grain to wort (unfermented beer).
Milling the Malt.
The Mash.
The Boil.
Cooling the Wort.”

More here
All are welcome.
There’s plenty of free parking in Midleton, or if you’d like to have a beer you can get a bus from town, or take the train. The station in Midleton is about a 15 minute stroll from the Mad Monk pub.

St Patricks day parade in Glounthaune

March 17th, 2014

Glounthaune held the annual St Patricks day parade this morning. I’ve missed it the last few years but went along this morning – great turnout and a fantastic job by the organisers.

Glounthaune St Patricks day parade

Glounthaune St Patricks day parade

Glounthaune St Patricks day parade

fantastic street markets in Cork City

March 16th, 2014

Patrick Street hosted a food market this Saturday (and hosts more events all weekend, up to the St. Patricks day parade)

Cork Street Market

Cork Street Market

The regular street market in Cornmarket street was on.
Cork Street Market

Grand Parade hosted the “Feed the City” event, with 5000 free vegetarian curries handed out. There were also stalls on growing your own food, and composting, as well as cooking demonstrations.

Cork Street Market

Cork Street Market

It’s brilliant to see the new pavements and streets of Cork City used for events like this. Well done to Cork City Council and all involved.

all grain small batch kits from True Batch Brew

February 23rd, 2014

I’ve been getting set up for small batch brewing at home, and I found a new company selling
kits for exactly that. The company is called True Batch Brew and they have a kit with just about everything you need to do an all grain brew at home. You’ll end up with about 4/5 litres of beer. There’s a pale ale or a stout kit, with refills for both available too.

Here’s what you get in the kit:
True Batch all grain kit, via Bradleys

You’ll need a stock pot of at least 8 litres size, and it would help if you had another of similar size.
I had one large one and two smaller which was a little bit more work.

I got the kit in Bradleys on North Main st. You could also get it in Hollands of Bray or on the True Batch Brew website.

It takes about 3 or 4 hours to get the beer made and into the fermenter, and you’ll need to leave it for another couple of weeks before you can try it.

I tried it out this morning, following the instructions – you can see pictures from the brew here.

I’ll have a review on the National Homebrew Club forum soon.

Homebrew club meetup at Mad Monk, Midleton

February 9th, 2014

We’re having our next National Homebrew Club Meetup at the Mad Monk in Midleton this Wednesday 12th at 8 pm.
Everyone is welcome – if you’ve never brewed before and wonder how you can make beer at home,
or if you’ve brewed before and want to meet other home brewers.
I’m going to brew a kit beer on the night, and there will be demos of other
kits and a talk on making beer. See you there!

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Barleycove front beach is temporarily closed

January 19th, 2014

Barleycove suffered a bit in the storms this winter. The front beach is closed at the moment.


Barleycove beach - partly closed due to storm damage

polite notice, Barleycove front beach is temporarily closed

Looking inland from Barleycove