Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf visited Cobh this weekend.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Cooling the Wort.”
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.
Patrick Street hosted a food market this Saturday (and hosts more events all weekend, up to the St. Patricks day parade)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!