The Cellar rocks, full of Dots!


This time I’ve decided to exchange my broofing sessions for one that was under the ground. There is a special secret cellar in one of the Dublin’s finest off licences. And we had a great time occupying this space on Friday night, all the lads that appreciate the beauty of a good craft beer.

Hidden in the hearth of a beautiful Blackrock area, awarded National Off-Licence of the year, Blackrock Cellar has many reasons to be visited. IMG_1494_edited

Blackrock Cellar hosts many exciting events, and one of them that caught my attention this time was Monthly Beer Club with Shane from Dot Brew – and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! Shane is a specialist for barrel-aged beer and he truly knows his stuff.

We arrived at beer o’clock, just about the time to find our seats and taste the first sample…

IMG_1474_editedShall we start with a rum barrel-aged lager? Sure, why not! Everyone who touches the craft beer will not be super excited about the lagers so much anymore. It always is a challenge to make something different. And he did. Shane brought a bit of a modern twist on a lager by putting it into rum barrels – and it does the job. Easy drinking lager with a bit of madness going on with all those rum notes! Very interesting start, and as he announced – it will get stronger and darker…

Introducing new cans that were released early this month, we enjoyed the beauty of the can and were more than ready to taste the beauty inside of them! (Awesome photos of the cans taken by We Are Runners)


It was SO FAR SO GOOD, as was also the name of the next sample landing in our glasses from Dot’s brand-new cans. 3.2% is what you want with the summer coming – keeping its full-bodied flavour and nice citrusy twist in the background. Well, so far so good for us!

IMG_1481_editedDevious 6.6% and honest STRAIGHT UP IPA was waiting for us on our next stop. A proper IPA kick, not extremely fruity, smooth and soft body with a tiny bitter echo. Perfect combo of Idaho7 and Centennial hops succeeded to make us hoppy. So far, even better!

The whole evening was perfectly accompanied with bits and pieces to have with your beer, but we had some special combos that made perfect couples for selected beers. It truly is amazing how one can compliment another.

Cheese&crackers is a combination everyone knows, and if you add on a home-made mango chutney and pair it with a nice Saison – it’s a win-win for everyone!IMG_1482_edited

I would normally not look for a Saisons – they can be so weird sometimes. Shane – the main boss on the farm wanted to make sure that his farm workers will not stay thirsty over the summer time coming, so he brewed one quality Saison for all of us. Aged in multiple barrels – rum, bourbon and whiskey barrels. Blend IV. I smelled the beer. Nicely fruity on the nose. All aromas of tropical fruits that make you feel like being on holidays. I had a taste and was so happy about how easy drinking beer it actually was. It tasted so fresh and a perfect for summer to quench the thirst. I was blown away when Shane announced that it is 7.4%. Better to quench the thirst in one go, before the brain blowing happens!IMG_1488_edited


How about a ginger cake paired with a rum barrelled dark red ale? This second batch of RUM RED DARK (8.9%) was  according to Shane much more balanced than the first one – adding extra chocolate malt to balance out the rum character and bring out the beer character. It went perfectly well with Eoin’s delicious home-made chocolate ginger cake, especially going light on a carbonation which brought loads of flavour to play the solo part on the main stage. Feeling like a pirate, huh?

DRINKING AFTER MIDNIGHT made us all rebels – we drank it before midnight! Paired with a dark chocolate filled with liquid caramel, this foreign (like me) stout was a fresh brand-new brew and we had an honor to be Shane’s guinea pigs. Keep an eye out for this one lads, everyone has to have it in the fridge, because you don’t want to end up not having a proper beer to drink after midnight. ‘Light and easy’ (haha) with 8.2% ABV, if you have a chocolate to pair it with!

IMG_1465_editedThe most popular combination of the evening was definitely tiramisu made by Katarina paired with Dot’s JOEL’S VIETNAMESE COFFEE STOUT BATCH III – our desert after the main dinner. I am always shouting that I do not enjoy coffee flavour in my beer at all, as I’m not a coffee person. This tiramisu pairing made it easy – as tiramisu pushed the coffee flavour in it into a sweeter level, which was great. The weird thing about it was that the head was not willing to stay on the beer, even though it looked promising while pouring it into a glass – it  just disappeared in a second. There is a reason for it – the beans are too oily to keep a longer lasting head on. You will have to hurry up – I don’t know about Katarina’s tiramisu treat but I know for sure that Dot’s stout is available in Blackrock Cellar and they have ONLY 1 case left. Otherwise you’ll miss out and you don’t want that, do you?


IMG_1489_editedIt always amazes me when I see so many people excited about the beer at one spot. Loads of positive energy and enthusiasm floating in the room keeps you going. That’s the Blackrock Cellar for you. No wonder why they got a title of a National Off-Licence of the year. I wanted to know why, I went there, and I couldn’t close my mouth. If you enter the shop, you’ll be amazed. It’s like entering the entire universe of craft beer and wine on its own. Like being a kid in a candy store. You don’t know where to look first. But what makes this place honestly the best is the love and passion for what they are doing. For us – city centre lads, it is a tiny bit far away. But have a little trip down there and you will not regret. The whole area is so charming and beautiful that one would want to live there forever!


Cheers to more beer club sessions like this, and see you in the next one!

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

Radka’s Whiskey Club: Chapter Whiskey Live.

To whom it may concern (to all whiskey geeks – by which of course I mean lovers),

I would like to apologize in advance for all incorrect information, for my low-level taste preferences, and not enough knowledge to enjoy the best tastes of what this wide whiskey scene can offer. I’m just a human being who loves to explore new tastes and things. I’m a whiskey newbie.

And I’m so sorry if I bought one of the last tickets for this event, and kicked you out of this amazing opportunity to be a part of one fantastic whiskey event. I was just lucky. And faster than you. So, get over it!

Everyone who knows me, knows very well how much I enjoy drinking beer. That doesn’t mean that I hate everything else (although gin will definitely stay in this category forever!). Before I came to Ireland I actually didn’t know if I like whiskey at all, as I was born and raised in a country where whiskey doesn’t mean a lot for us, but we do know the most famous stuff, which would be a brand or two of the world best-known names. I found out that now we have a Slovakian whiskey distilled in my beautiful country, and I would definitely love to visit this place the next time when I’ll come for a trip, especially with my Irish man, who tends to be very sensitive about the water of life that comes from his home country. Nestville, wait for us! We are looking forward to visit you!


Anyway… living with not only one, but two lads from S(h)ligo who know their s(h)tuff about this liquid, is an every-day-is-a-school-day mission. Especially Shane, who is a whiskey expert and occasionally brings home some of the very special ones. I get this opportunity to taste the most famous and very expensive stuff sometimes, and not only it opens my tasting palettes, but opens the circle of regrets that he is wasting all this treasure on… well, me. But I enjoy it so much and hey Shane, keep teaching me, please! (And that man has shitloads of patience, god! You know that feeling when you really, really suck at let’s say maths at school, and it just doesn’t get into you… Yep, that’s me and whiskey. But I promise I’ll be a better student one day.) 


Friday, 5:17PM, Dublin Castle

Here we are, all the lads. Looking for our tickets in my big bag of shites. Can’t go in yet, we were too excited and too early. But at least we had a huge feed before we came, as I really don’t want to become a car crash too early. Shane made a bet that I’m gonna last until 6.30. We’ll see.


A nice security lady said to us that we can join the queue inside for checking the tickets. Yay! It’s Baltic outside so we do appreciate this kind gesture. I can see it, I can smell it… Let me in, please!


Tickets checked, excitement for some uisce beatha is getting bigger and bigger. After getting our whiskey tasting glasses, we run into the freedom of whiskey world, getting a cold shower by a nice security guy (I would like to highlight again that they were super nice and professional as well, welcome to Ireland!) who is trying to stop us from redeeming ourselves and running into tasting some beverages. (It was like a chasing a bunch of puppy dogs, but less cute.) It’s not 6 yet. At least we are counting the last seconds watching his big fancy watch.


All producers of Swiss watches would be proud, not even a second late we are entering this whiskey heaven. Finally!

Weird observation.

Peeps attending.

Whiskey wan-ehm ehm, nerds..

Know absolutely everything into the smallest details and it is fascinating to watch them and listen to them. It makes me feel so stupid and small, but who cares!


You can see that she came only because the last time her other half had to come with her to that birthday party of a friend he doesn’t like that much, and this was a deal and the only condition why he went with her.

Business lads.

You see all those fancy pants exchanging their business cards – which is a great opportunity for all attendees. Support!

Just lads.

Who want to get hammered and you see them after an hour walking around and sticking their noses into the glass (they wouldn’t even smell the worst fart in the world at this point), pretending that they analyse the whiskey aroma, flavour and appearance into the very last detail, but you can see that their eyes are as crossed as the road traffic signs for not stopping or standing. (Well, at least it is a road sign in my country for sure!

Amazing combo of all of it together in one big glass!

(*I count myself into a V.S. category of I-don’t-really-know-what-I-am-doing-here-but-I’m-a-whiskey-newbie-and-this-is-how-I-learn-so-leave-me-alone-I-just-want-to-taste-this-and-watch-this-so-where-is-a-popcorn-stand?)


Red Spot


15 years old, 46%

Massive campaign going around the town and world, and with a very limited amount of whiskey produced, I was happy to taste it. It was delicious. It tasted like Christmas, with all the spiced and apple fruity notes going on around. I would like to know what colour is the next Spot going to be. Any guess? I vote for Black! Or purple. Like a Purple Rain. Or Deep Purple.

One of the Scottish stands, aye.

IMG_7785_editedHaha, I am being very specific again! We stopped by this one because of very cool label designs that caught my eye. I kind of sensed that it will be a smokey kind of experience. We tasted one of 544 bottles of Old Particular, 21 years old with a strength 52%, a single malt scotch whiskey distilled at Arran Distillery and this one was surprisingly not smoky at all for me (as I kindly told the girl that I’m not into that, and she pulled out this beautiful bottle for us). One of a very few bottles left. Does that make me feel special? It certainly does! We also got a hands-free glass holder there and it is the coolest gadget ever.

Women power!

One of a very few women on a whiskey craft scene – like a needle in a haystack, Alex Thomas, a Master Blender, is a nice gal! It is absolutely amazing to feel the passion and enthusiasm filling the room when she was telling us about her The Sexton whiskey she made. And let’s be honest – girls do like pretty things and this bottle shouldn’t be missing in any proper whiskey shelf in the country. So elegant, as is the whiskey itself. Aged in sherry casks, distilled in a proper ‘old-school’ way. Perfect for every day and for every man. Or woman!


Food Pairings


Loads of examples of whiskey-food pairings appeared at Whiskey Live, but I would like to bring my favourite ones into your attention. Whenever I taste a whiskey which gives you that nice spicy finish and mild burn in your throat which I love so much, I think of my favourite Slovakian chocolate Margot (the one that everyone hates, but I can’t help myself!), that I always mention afterwards, because it would be a perfect combo with such a nice glass of whiskey. I have paired Dunville’s Old Irish Whiskey from Belfast with a milk chocolate and it was one enjoyable moment for me! Just proves the fact that whiskey and chocolate go hand-in-hand together and it is hard to beat this combination.


Unless you are a whiskey aged in exotic rum barrels and guys from Tullamore Dew hand you a cup of ice cream to go with it. You’ll feel like a Pirate of the Caribbean, but sitting at the outside table on your boat, having a nice, sweet&cold dessert to cool down all your conquering ambitions. (Is the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean stuck in your head now? Good. That was a purpose. And if not, it surely will be now!)


Whiskey geek’s pick by Shane

Midleton Single Cask Single Pot 2001, 46%


Shane knows what I like. Sweet, mouth-filling and fruity.

Whiskey geek’s pick by Colm Leeroy

Glenfarclas, 17 years old, Single malt Scotch whiskey, 43%


I just told him I want something spicy&sweet, smooth and balanced, not smokey, please. He gave me this. And I was happy!

Experience for non-whiskey heads

Longueville House Cider


This stand wants to warm you up and get you into a proper Christmas mood. Give me more of this Mór Cider! (which, by the way, means ‘great’ in Irish, for all of us, non-Irish speaking peeps.) We tasted their Longueville House Cider and the other one aged in brandy casks, and on top of that they treated us with some home-made hot cider, which was delicious!


Radka’s Beer Club…SURPRISE! (as good as Kinder Chocolate Surprise)


My heart was dancing after I spotted Dot Brew stand. It was a great move to bring the lads! It’s a fantastic example of how whiskey and beer can be friends, and help each other to reach all those different flavours and sides of each other. Dot Brew presenting their Whiskey barrelled beer in its pure beauty was definitely a highlight of the evening, and I can’t wait to taste more of Shane’s gentle work with barrels in future.


I would like to say hiiiiii and thank you to all the lads in Celtic Whiskey Shop, who made this Whiskey Party enjoyable for all of us. It was one friendly and perfectly organized evening for me, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to us next year! (Can you do it more often, pretty please?)

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

Monkeys that flew all the way to Ireland.


A big bag of cans from Canada arrived to Bar Rua one beautiful morning, brought by lovely Jen and Paul, staying in the apartment just above our bar. It was a marvellous and unexpected gesture from them, and I would like to thank you guys for introducing me to this excellent sample of how Canadian craft beer scene works and tastes like.

So I had a date night with this brewery, and the room was full of flying monkeys. The Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery. Because NORMAL is weird. Because normal is WEIRD. Is it, yeah? It is, yeah!

‘You HAVE TO try these beers!’ They told me yesterday while having a lunch and a wee pinteen, and I made my promise that I will. And I did.

Things I love about Flying Monkeys.

Their name.

Hell yeah! I have such an inexpressible relationship with monkeys. And with pigs, but that would be for another chapter. You know how kids always want to have a pet, a cute little puppy or kitten… I’d be more than happy with a monkey or a piggie. My obsession with monkeys probably goes back to my childhood (let’s have a therapy, lying on the couch and talking about my life… preferably drinking a beer while talking). When I was a kid and got super excited about something, I was jumping around the room and my daddy used to say that I am like a jumping monkey. It was my destiny to be introduced to this brewery with such a dandy name!

So, dear Flying Monkeys, come to mama! 


Their artwork.


Maybe ‘too much’ for some people, but I think it’s very playful and I think it perfectly reflects their whole concept and passion for what they are doing. I still stand by ‘never judge a book by its cover’, and it is more important what’s hidden inside of the can. But c’mon lads, I am a can-collecting maniac and this one would definitely catch my eye in the shelves of the shop. Seems a bit chaotic? Hello? Can you imagine a room full of flying monkeys?

Their website.

Click here. Have a look yourself!

Don’t be freaking out, monkey sounds that you can hear are not just in your head. Or are they…? Hm…


Finally – THE BEER!

It was a Live Transmission of this Wonderstar walking by with a really Juicy Ass


Juicy Ass kicks ass with its pure IPA characteristics, and made a perfect partner in crime in my late-evening cooking passion. It was a refreshing liquid to help my fried chicken schnitzel breaded in Rancheros bacon snack (highly recommended, do not hesitate to ask me for the recipe!) to slip down my belly easier. Clean, hoppy and bitter finish of this IPA brew art.


Milkshake IPA was my dessert beer choice. Pouring surprisingly clear comparing to milkshake beers I’ve tasted before, and surprisingly not as sweet as I was expecting. Lactose made it smooth and creamy, not selfishly overtaking the first violin in this beer orchestra, but keeping its hoppy character in the first place. And I appreciate that half-way through I didn’t forget that the drink in my glass is actually a beer.


Let’s take it easy with this lager. Myself – born and raised in a lager country – sure, you can’t go wrong with a nice lager. I am always thinking of them as of the most traditional, but not really outstanding and putting me off the chair. They are fine and easy to quench the thirst, especially on a warm and sunny day. And let’s be honest – it does not happen very often in Ireland.

Pouring slightly pink-ish, kind of a peachy colour instead of clear golden, with a tiny white head, is a difference number one. First sip is a surprise – instead of getting a scratch by the bubbles, carbonation of this lager is very mild and that brings the herbal and citrusy notes out on the main stage to play its amazing solo part with a very light fizzy dance in the background. After this solo, all kinds of berries are singing the chorus together with a nice candy flavour staying on your tongue after the very last chord of the song. And boy, this song is an angel music for my ears…

With their motto ‘Normal is Weird’, this Botanical Lager brings a completely new dimension to my thinking about the most traditional beer style in the world. It is not a normal lager. It is a weird lager. Good weird. Like a ‘cool-kid’ kind of weird. And I truly like this weirdness going on with every sip from my can, which decided to show me its bottom way too quickly. It is a good sign, but unfortunately sad news for me. This very last drop of the Wonderstar reminds me that the next round will not happen very soon, unless I will pack my suitcase and plan a trip to the land where people are riding the polar bears and eat maple syrup every day. (Please forgive me, I could not resist to use some national stereotypes, I really couldn’t!) And I will, one day. Wonderstar, you are wonderful. Wonderstar, you became my star in the heaven of lagers.

I would like to raise a glass.

To Jen and Paul, and their new-found skill how to make my day!

And to new and new beer adventures!


Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

P.S.: My friend Conal is moving to Canada soon, and he kindly offered that he will visit Flying Monkeys and take a picture for me. Thank you very much, but hey, Conal, rather send me some beer, will ya?

Hagstravaganza 2018

Main goals for Friday:

  • Get out of work a wee early. Important.
  • Get a big bag of cans for train. (and maybe a sandwich. Life essentials.)
  • Change the money and bring your passport. 
  • Meet the lads and not get too locked before Saturday.

I am always very excited to attend events like this. And going to Hagstravaganza now became a little tradition for me and my friends.

Packed with a big bag of cans we made it to Connolly Train Station on time. Although I felt like we should have booked a spare seat only for this special bag. It was heavy. It was huge. It was great. Sure, everybody needs a bit of juice for a long journey like this!IMG_6309_edited

Enjoying a beautiful scenery and landscape of this amazing country (Ireland looks awesome, we should definitely go there!), regular train shakes (and a general lack of sleep) made me fall asleep like a baby in a baby carriage. Here we are now – the next stop is Boyle, mind the gap! And we did.

All you need for a beer session:

  • a proper sleep in Cloonloo (somewhere in between Sligo and Roscommon),
  • full Irish breakfast prepared by Irish mammy (including an Irish coffee, otherwise it’s not full Irish!),
  • tickets for Hagstravaganza,
  • one or two umbrellas which you are not going to use at all (only for a sword fight while queuing, isn’t that right?), but you still have to carry it around because you promised you’ll bring it back. And we did. (I actually brought one of them back to Dublin by accident, oops.),
  • and your favourite socks:IMG_6312_edited

After fulfilling the checklist we could finally treat ourselves with some nice beverage. I don’t even know where to start, because not only you felt thirsty, but your eyes wanted all of it at the same time! Beer repertoire was absolutely brewtiful and the goal was pretty clear – to taste all of it!IMG_6368_edited

We made a genius plan – ordering different beers, not the same ones, so all of us wouldIMG-20180729-WA0019_edited taste as much as we could. It was working pretty well, until it was not working anymore. The best move I really appreciate comparing to the last year’s edition was serving 150ml portions, so this year I actually didn’t end up eating spice bag and ice cream in front of the Spar at 7pm. (it could have been later actually, but who knows? I’ll never find out!) I tasted many of the beers and have to say that I am very, very proud of myself!


Here’s the list of the beers I drank (in this order):

Raspberella, Raspberry Amber Ale by Canvas Brewery, 4.6%

Double Screwball, Imperial Raspberry Ice Cream IPA by Boundary, 8.7%

El Gingero, Ginger Orange Stout by Magic Rock Brewing, 7.5%

Black Boar, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged on Raspberries by The White Hag, 11.6%

Ding Ding, Hazy IPA by Malmö Brewing Co, 6.5%

Double Trouble, Imperial IPA by Founders Brewing Co., 9.4%

Honey Wheat, Pale Wheat Ale by Founders Brewing Co., 5.6%

Push and Pull, Citra Simcoe IPA by Boundary, 5.5%

Cloud Catcher, Australian XPA by Stone&Wood, 5.5%

Immram, Belgian IPA by The White Hag, 6.8%

Legendary Oddity, Belgian Strong Ale by Muskoka Brewery, 7.1%


Here’s the list of beers I stole a teeny-tiny little sip from my beer club crew and liked them so much:

Mother Mezcal, Barrel Aged Mezcal IPA by Dot Brew, 6.5%

Neapolitan, Ice Cream Pale Ale by Northern Monk Brew Co, 6.2%

Baden Power, Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by O’Clock Brewing, 9.5%

Bretty Fool, Sour Stout by Schneeeule Brauerei, 5%

Winter Beard, Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout by Muskoka, 8%

Grapefruit Spaceman, Grapefruit IPA by Brewfist, 7%

Hand&Hag, Apricot Brett Pale Ale by The White Hag, 6.66%

Bearded Lady Dessert Edt., Toasted Pecan Praline Imperial Stout by Magic Rock Brewing, 10.5%

Tim-Ut, Lemony Pepper Ale by O’Clock Brewing, 5.5%

Barrel Runner, Bourbon Aged IPA by Founders Brewing Co., 11.1%

Phunky Monk, Brett Conditioned Tripel by Kinnegar, 9.0%

IMG_6339_editedAnd it would be actually much more, but at some point, my writing became a chicken scratch. That’s what loads of delicious beers do to you! But to keep ourselves going and not to get into trouble, perhaps a double trouble, we decided to sponge the beer with some food. With a variety of choices, we stayed classy with delicious burgers and posh chips! Accompanied by Imperial IPA Double Trouble by Founders.

Radka’s Beer fashion this year:

IMG_6321_editedI am in a raspberry mood this year and using raspberries in a brewing process – it makes me very happy. Especially if you can actually taste them hidden somewhere in the background. I was chasing them and wasn’t disappointed. Very generous choice.

As well as the trend of brewing fruity IPAs, I found the third musketeer for my favourite grapefruit IPAs – this one comes from Italy (by Brewfist) and its name is Grapefruit Spaceman. So now I have Elvis Juice from Bonnie Shcotland, Grapefruit edition of Lucky Jack from Norway and this Italiano tutti frutti astronauta – aren’t they one lovely international trio?

IMG_6345_editedI tasted many s(h)touts this year and it was surprisingly very tasty experience for me! A Ginger Orange Stout was very well balanced, as ginger can be very tricky and can kill the whole taste of beer very easily. I forced myself to taste a combination of styles that I would never dream of tasting. I seriously thought of how foolish the lads from Germany are, making their Bretty Fool Sour Stout! But honestly, stout character took a generous amount of sourness from the beer, and sour character made this stout a little bit lighter and easier to drink. Weird things happening in this German craft beer industry, but cheers for  bringing this super-interesting experiment to Hagstravaganza! Beers that were pouring there were unique and never poured in Ireland before. This is one of the reasons why is Hagstravaganza one of the best beer events in Ireland.

Every day is a school day and I learned something about Brett beer, that seems to experience a revolution these days.

What do I have to improve: to be (or not to be? That is the question!) a little bit more open for sour beers (Sour ales, Berliner weisse, Gose etc.). They are still not getting into my tasting pallet and I probably do miss a lot of really nice ones just because of refusing anything sour in my mouth! (I am sour enough, haha!)

Radka’s Beer Club Hagstravaganza Beer Winner 2018:

And the winner is…

(drum roll)


Hagstravaganza Special Brew.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged on Raspberries. 11.6%

Raspberry thing – not surprising. STOUT – very surprising even for myself! This combination goes hand in hand together and bourbon barrel aging gives it the finest flavour! I actually had few more glasses of it afterwards, because it was so good! And as a nice memory for this beer birthday festival I had to buy a bottle. You never know if you’ll have a chance to taste it again! Now I can say that I will. For sure.

Hoppy Birthday, The White Hag!

(Can we please have this kind of session every Saturday?)

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!














Cloudwater (UK)
Northern Monk Brew Co (UK)
Brew By Numbers (UK)
Magic Rock Brewing (UK)
The Wild Beer Co (UK)
O’Clock Brewing (FRA)
Schneeeule Brauerei (GER)
Muskoka Brewery (CAN)
Founders Brewing Co. (USA)
Boundary (NI)
MacIvors Cider Co (NI)
Laugar Brewery (EUK)
Brewfist (ITA)
Stone & Wood (AUS)
Nevel Artisan Ales (NL)
Malmo Brewing Co (SWE)
Kinnegar (IRL)
Galway Bay Brewery (IRL)
Canvas Brewery (IRL)
Dot Brew (IRL)
Porterhouse Brewing Company (IRL)
The White Hag (IRL)

We were PUNKS! Were you?

Saturday afternoon, July 7th,  5-ish o’clock

We are squeezed in a Dublin Bus number 67, not sure where we need to get off. All of a sudden, our bus driver shouts ‘Weston Airport, Weston Airport!’ Thank you, sir! And the whole bus empties in 10 seconds. Like a school trip. There we are, just few more steps to have our beer treat.

Well, maybe a couple thousands of steps! But walking is healthy and all those calories we lost will be gained back very, very soon.

Going to the airport is always exciting, because most of the time it means that you are going on holidays. This time we didn’t fly anywhere, but the only flying thing there were pints with a special destination: our bellies. Sun (oh my god, last couple of weeks are just unreal in Ireland!), tons of beer, showtime… Brewdog Cinematic Circus. And we had the whole airport to ourselves!

IMG_6048_editedWe had such a majestic opening with the newest beer by YellowbellyTin Can of Emotions. And it certainly was, I almost cried how good the beer was! Very ‘light’ starter for us, with this west coast double IPA, 10.1%. Enjoying the tunes of the Fallen Lights, sun, and smell of tasty barbeque all around…IMG_6076_edited

‘What can I get you?’

‘Pint Please.’IMG_6078_edited

‘Yeah, but which one?’

‘Can I have a pint of Pint Please, please?’

No, I am not getting crazy (yet) and ordering my second pint was a bit of craig! Pint Please is something that you need after a big mouthful of emotions, to cool you down. IMG_6079_editedThis session IPA by Dot Brewery was a tasty choice! And definitely worth to try is Dot’s collaboration with Imbibe Coffee Roasters – 7.2% Brown Coffee Cognac.

I wouldn’t forgive myself if I left without a pint of my favourite Brewdog juice. A bit of rock’n’roll and Elvis Juice in my glass, so nice and fresh… Sure your soul is definitely dancing after this one!IMG_6057_edited

The best thing about this beer fest was definitely the fact, that you could have been whatever you wanted to be or had to be:

A driver who could still enjoy a pint, because there was a famous non-alcoholic hoppy ale Nanny State by Brewdog pouring.

The snobbiest beer person in the world, because there was a wide range of special brews you can’t get anywhere else.




Third Barrel

Kildare Brewing

Rising Sons

Dot Brew

Wicklow Wolf

Hawkes Cidery & Taproom

More of a G&T person, because you could get those there as well.IMG_6072_edited


Not-much-of-a-drinker-but-more-of-a-movie person, because there was a legendary ‘The Shining’ movie showing on a big screen. With a big bucket of pop-corn, you are welcome.

But the most importantly – at the end of the night, we were all PUNKS!


(Yes, including the guy from The Circus of Horrors who was stapling cards to his…well, yes…penis. Such a show!)








Photos by Radka’s Beer Club

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!