my review of Angel Stout from Elbow Lane in Cork

A couple of months ago, I heard rumblings on twitter of a new craft brewery in Cork,
called Elbow Lane. I followed them on twitter and asked
my usual source of all things beer related, Michael in Bradleys on North Main St. The scoop was that there was a new micro brewery in Cork, and they would be releasing 3 beers, a stout, and ale and a lager.
Soon enough we started to hear that the first main release would be Angel Stout and it would be available in Bradleys as well as other venues. I spoke to Elbow Lane on twitter directly, to urge them to finish the labelling and get the bottles into the shops!
To my delight and absolute surprise, they contacted me, along with Castle Cafe* in Blackrock Castle to say there would be a glass and a bottle there waiting for me!

I rushed in the following saturday and collected these beauties:
Angel Stout

Normally, I don’t ‘review’ drinks as such, I just say whethere or not I like them. I think there are enough reviewers out there, but in this case I’m making an exception.

My first impression of the new beer was the label. It’s always a treat to walk into the back of Bradleys and see the myriad of labels and bottles on offer. The Angel Stout stood out beautifully, with a lovely clear uncluttered label. It also has a very professional look about it.

The communication from the brewery has been great, keeping us up to date on production, letting us know when it’ll be in shops and of course, seeding bottles with chosen reviewers. They also ran an offer with Bradleys, where 10 purchasers of Angel Stout got a free glass. Great use of social media and lovely engagement with customers.

The stout itself, is a very nice drink. It’s a craft beer, but is very accessible to everyone. If you’re not normally a craft beer drinker, this would make a very good introduction to the breed. They’re sometimes quite individual, but this won’t offend anyone. It has plenty of taste, with a hoppy bite, and a lovely aftertaste. I had a few bottles and the consistency was certainly there. I think it would also be a good beer with food.

All in all, I think it’s a very good beer, and Elbow Lane is a great addition to the craft beer scene. Roll on the next two beers to be released!

* Castle Cafe is run by the same people that run Market Lane in town. We had coffee and the selection of breads and dips there. It’s a great venue for sitting out with nibbles and coffee. The menu looks really tempting too.

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