new craft beers from Galway and Sligo, via Bradleys

October 31st, 2014

The lads at Galway Hooker Brewery have produced a stout – and I’m sure it’ll be as good as their Pale Ale.
The White Hag brewery in Sligo have launched their range in shops, and I’ve heard great things. I’m really keen to try these. Michael in Bradleys on North Main st has a good stock of both – pop in to get some.

Galway Hooker and White Hag craft beers

While you’re there – he has a fantastic offer on two really tasty wines – Moulin de Gassac red and white. I’m a huge fan of these and for a tenner each you can’t go wrong.

great wine offer in Bradleys

brewday at the Mad Monk, Midleton

August 31st, 2014

We had a brewday demonstration in the Mad Monk in Midleton yesterday. We brewed a small batch IPA. If you come along to our next meetup (2nd Wednesday of the month in the Mad Monk) you can taste it :)

All the equipment we used to make the beer is standard pots that you’d find in your own kitchen. Most of mine came from Ikea :)

Rebel Brewers Brewday in the Mad Monk, Midleton

Beer Festival and homebrew demo at the Mad Monk Midleton

August 28th, 2014

Mad Monk Beer Festival

The Mad Monk is holding a beer festival this weekend, starting Friday. They’ll be tapping casks of two brews never before tasted! Brewed specially for the Mad Monk, you’ll be able to try Rocketship IPA and Midleton Red Ale – a red ale that sounds fantastic.

We’ll be there representing the National Homebrew Club on Saturday afternoon from about 2 running a homebrew demo. We’ll be using a small batch kit – just like you can on your stovetop in your kitchen. Look us up on the Rebels Forum on the forum.

homebrew

Afterwards, Sam Black, from Blacks of Kinsale will be there to tell us about being a brewer. I’ve met Sam, and if you have an interest in brewing or running a business, he’s a great guy to talk to.

See you there!

a selection from Bradleys

August 18th, 2014

I paid a long overdue visit to Bradleys on North Main St. last week. I’d heard of two new Irish craft microbreweries opening, St Mel’s in Longford, and Kellys Mountain Brewing.

A selection from Bradleys

The Helles Lager is good, though might need a bit more carbonation. I’m looking forward to the other two, and the Franciscan Well Jameson barrel aged stout in its fancy new getup is a Christmas tradition and will be coming to Switzerland with us.

growlers available from the Franciscan Well

August 18th, 2014

The Franciscan Well is now selling beer in growlers, basically in large beer bottles that you take home and drink there.
It’s draught beer, from whatever is on tap on the day. A new one is €20 and a re fill is €16. The growler holds 4 pints.

I tried it with the Rebel Lager and it was perfect the first day, and still very good the second day. They do say you should drink it within 48 hours, and I’d agree with that.

I hope it’ll catch on with more pubs – it might be one answer to the fall off in trade, caused by people drinking at home.
(leaving aside *why* people are doing that).

One of the main pluses for me is that while I usually drive to the pub and therefore can’t have a drink, this way I can try
cask specials or whatever new beer is on draught.

Franciscan Well growler

Keep it cool in the fridge!
Franciscan Well growler

Hopefully the prices will drop a bit if the idea takes off.

I think the Bierhaus do growlers too, so I’ll head in and check.

Cobh, from the water

August 3rd, 2014

Cobh, looking fantastic from the water.

homebrew club meetup in the Mad Monk, Midleton, Tuesday 8th at 8!

July 7th, 2014

We’re having our regular homebrew meetup in the Mad Monk in Midleton tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th at 8.
All are welcome, we’ll have some samples of homebrew for you to try and we’ll be chatting about beer, cider and
other drinks you can make at home.

Empire State in Cobh

June 25th, 2014

homebrew meetup in the Mad Monk Midleton, Wednesday June 11th at 8.

June 9th, 2014

We’re having our next homebrew club meetup this Wednesday the 11th at 8pm in the Mad Monk Midleton.

All are welcome – come along to try out some homebrew and find out how to make tasty beer at home.

I’ll bring along some of the kit to show you what you need to make beer in the comfort of your own kitchen,
and you can sample some I’ve made recently.

French Frigate la Motte-Picquet in Cobh

June 8th, 2014

French anti-submarine frigate La Motte Picquet in Cobh today.