Fidelity to Craft Beer 2019… Fidelity forever.

We were passing by the Mansion House in Dublin City Centre and there was a bunch of people that looked like they were waiting and queuing for SOMETHING THAT WAS OFFERED FOR FREE. So we joined the crowd. Just for the craic!

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Just joking. They were queuing for one of the most exciting craft beer events happening this year in Dublin city centre. FIDELITY BEER FESTIVAL 2019. We got our tickets straight away after they were released, cause we love craft beer so much and it feels like booking holidays every time we do! This time it was a surprise-mother-fuckers-we-are-going-to-this-festival kind of thing. (Thank you, Bren!)

And that’s how our crew got into the Mansion House.

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And we got in. Even though we had some doubts about it as we were very loud even before. (I mean, Leeroy was, he can’t help himself to stop laughing so loud.) Security lads were such a sweethearts to let us in!

Off we go, to the world of craft beer we’ve never tasted!

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I had a brilliant plan. I was going to taste every single beer I’ve never had before in my life and write a brilliant story about it. Whiplash announced breweries and the full ‘playlist’ and I was shocked. My mouth wouldn’t close and I started to doubt myself. (For a reason!)

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This session promised 68 beers pouring. Out of 68 beers according to my sophisticated plan I was supposed to taste 65 beers I have never tasted before in my life. That’s the moment when you realize that craft beer world is so magical and there are no limits or ends to it! (Happy inside, but c’mon lads, how am I supposed to taste it all?! You’ve ruined my day and made it the most exciting day in 2019 at the same time. I don’t even know if I love you so much or hate you for my hangover in advance.)

Radka’s Beer Club presents what we’ve tasted! (It is possibly more, but I was too paranoid about losing camera or dignity. Or my vaping device. I did. Sure look, it wouldn’t be a party without losing anything, would it? (I’m pretty sure about losing my vaping shtick, sure about not losing my camera, but about the rest, I’m still thinking…)

Here we go!

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Nice and easy, just on the right-hand side welcomed by FUERST WIACEK. Can I have one of each, please? Both of them were very enjoyable IPAs, and my choice of the number 2 was a winner for me anyway so I was more than happy to start this session with the Smoothie one!

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‘Cheers’

We got these tasting glasses that are a perfect decoration and memory for Fidelity Festival.

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‘And the next stop is…’

THE FIVE POINTS. Could we, please, have one of each?

That’s when it started to be about ‘I’ll have the dark one and you can have the other one, but we’ll taste them both.’ Okay.

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We sneaked out to see what’s upstairs and took some pictures before a nice security lad told us that we can’t stay there. He was so nice to let us take some paparazzi pictures from up there!

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The crowd getting bigger…

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The music is always a very important part of these sessions! Cheers for that, it was a great addition to our craft beer tasting by DJs I-would-like-to-mention-but-don’t-know-their-names-cause-I-am-a-crappy-reporter. (Let me know who you are and I will be more than happy to edit this.)

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DEYA Brewing.

They broke us into bigger pieces and also invoiced us for the microphone.

Great beer! Both of them were the best IPAs I’ve tasted there!

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You never mess with YORKSHIRE. ‘Cause LADY OF SUNSHINE will come to beat you up.

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Taking picture of the person taking picture! How artistic is this?!

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This is the stop where we still knew who is going to drink what. I was the ‘I’ll go for the other one than stout’ one and he was ‘I’ll take whatever is left’ one.

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‘Which one is mine? It doesn’t matter, just pose, FFS!’

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This is Bren. Bren is the person who forced me to drink craft beer when I came to Ireland. I fell in love with the craft beer and now this guy got stuck with me. Who is the winner? Me, FOR SURE!

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‘The one where I was trying to be a BEER artist.’

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‘The one when I started to take pictures of people behind the brews.’

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‘There you go, enjoy!’

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‘The one when I was asked not to bring any more stout, but I did. And it was delicious.’

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‘Fidelity 2019 rocks!’

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‘The one that we came too late to have ‘One of each, please’.’

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‘Glug…glug…glug…’

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‘The one that I actually didn’t bring any stout. And it was brewlicious.’

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‘The One that I went back to crazy imperial stouts…’

I got excited about sour red ale because now I am a huge fan of sours! Haha, would you believe that? They actually ARE very refreshing even though they don’t smell like the first flower of the spring… but they are. And our package ‘Can we please have one of each?’ comes with another Imperial Stout.

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But can you resist this beardy face?!

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‘If you’ve ever loved somebody put your hands up!’

CRAFT BEER, all hands up, of course!

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Finally, we got through the crowd to WHIPLASH!

One of each it is!

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‘Wood I lie to you?! Stop repeating yourself!’

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‘Just bring something non-stout, please.’ All-righty!

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‘You got exactly what you wanted!’

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‘Back home with yellow bellies… Some YellowBelly?’

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‘Oh, Gipsy Hill… People Like Us drink Trekker DIPA!’

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‘Of course we do!’

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‘Cocktail Time! Cocktail IPA?’

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‘YEAH! Stout time again!’

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Great catch, those Estonian lads!

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‘Caught in crime!’

What happens in Ireland, stays in Ireland.

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‘The one when my pictures went wrong. Don’t know why…’

Dear Fidelity,

we had a blast. Please forgive me for breaking one of your glasses and being messy. (Somehow I still managed to bring 4 of them back home anyway.) I hope you’ll understand. Thank you for all amazing breweries you brought to Ireland this year. Can’t wait for the next one.

Yours sincerely,

Radka’s Beer Club

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

photos by Radka’s Beer Club

 

The Cellar rocks, full of Dots!

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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)

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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.

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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

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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.) 

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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.

5:40PM

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!

5:55PM

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.

6:00PM

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!

Girlfriends.

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?)

Highlights

Red Spot

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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!

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Food Pairings

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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.

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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!)

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Whiskey geek’s pick by Shane

Midleton Single Cask Single Pot 2001, 46%

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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%

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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

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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!

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

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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.

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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!

Are you cooking a pizza?

In every real man there is a child that wants to hear a good-night fairy-tale. This one is for all our inner children. Have a pint of milk (beer) while reading it!

Warning: this story is a pure fiction of the author. If you’ll find any similarities with a real life, get over it! It’s just a coincidence.

Once upon a time there was a teeny-tiny little brewery in Drumshanbo, county Leitrim. It appeared to be a Wednesday like any other one.

PicsArt_06-21-11.32.04‘What are we cooking today, Francesco?’ asks Mark, known as a right hand of the head brewer.

‘American Pale Ale, amico mio, and I’m telling you now – it’s gonna be a blast!’

 

 

So the lads jumped on it and started to brew this brand-new beautiful golden liquid treasure…PicsArt_06-21-11.36.18

 

2 hours later…

Martin, known as another right hand of our Italian head brewer (yes, he has exceptional amount of right hands! And usually left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is up to, and that can’t happen.), is coming back from his hell of a journey, delivering kegs for all thirsty people in the country.

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‘Mamma mia!’ Francesco shouted and all the lads run to him immediately to see what happened. ‘Who did this?!’

‘Who did what?’ asked Mark.

‘Who put the basil into my beer?!’

‘Oh…was it a basil? You told me toPicsArt_06-21-11.39.34 throw in the hops, so I did! It was green, so I put it in!’ said Mark making puppy eyes on Francesco.

‘It was a basil for my pasta! What am I gonna have for my lunch now?!’

‘Calm down, will ya? They say the beer is a liquid bread, have a pint then!’

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And what is the lesson, dear children? Never dance around the brewer’s pots, otherwise somebody is going to stay hu(a)ngry.

So this is the story of Carrig’s new Special Brew. Well, not really. I was just joking. (Although the brewery really smelled like a pizza place and Francesco loves his pasta – that’s true!) It was planned, and it went well. And now you can find the proof in Bar Rua or in Tanyard Lane.PicsArt_06-21-11.47.31

Have a taste.

Smell it.

It’s a Basil Blast!

Don’t be too scared of basil – Centennial and Simcoe hops fought their way through and basil took over the tasty finish of the beer.

And have you heard the great news? We are in a Christmas mood today in Bar Rua. Come down for pints to celebrate Indie Beer Week with all our crafty diamonds for less than 5 bucks a pint! UNREAL BARGAIN, because we love craft beer! 

***FREE PINT ON ME FOR THE FIRST PERSON WHO COMES TO ME IN BAR RUA TODAY WITH A SPECIAL SECRET CODE: “čučoriedka”! (with a proper pronunciation, haha)***

You really don’t want to miss that, do you?

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PS: Mark actually knows the difference between basil and hops.

See you later, beer heads!

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

Sám doma a stratený v Írsku.

Môj mladší brat je povestný tým, že sa stratí aj na rovnej ceste. Napríklad vo Švédsku, roku pána. Ovečka zblúdila, a i zopár švédskych koruniek na zemi našla. Ako naše staré mamy, aj mladé mamky vravievajú – “všetko zlé je na niečo dobré”. Veru. Čuduj sa svete – tentokrát ho to zavialo do mojej krásnej (mo)mentálnej domoviny a ahaho – dobro došlo, nestratilo! Tento článok je venovaný práve tomu, ako sme ho tu tradičnô po írsky privítali a dobrého pivka (a iných lakociniek) mu okoštovať dali…

Počasie vyšlo na jednotku a Patrik vychytal írske leto. Priletel síce iba na zopár dní, avšak stihli sme toho požehnane veľa. Aj pivkárilô, aj turistikovalô a aj zašportovalô si toto naše skromné osadenstvo!

Toto je naša írska (poväčšine dublinská) turistická príručka pre všetkých dobrodruhov. A pivných kajnšmetke. Príručka Dublin a okolie v kocke, trojdňový itinerár.

Spartan Race – Punchestown

IMG_5381Táto športová udalosť je známa po celom svete a tentokrát sa po prvýkrát uskutočnila aj v jazdeckom areáli Punchestown, neďaleko mestečka Naas. Uprostred ničoty, taký pekný IMG_5368ukrytý zelený kúsok zeme. Už len dostať sa sem je sparťanský výkon! My sme to však s pomocou dobrých ľudí zvládli a skoré ranné hodiny (na írske pomery príliš skoré!) sme strávili ja iba pozorovaním, a Patrik podaním hrdinského sparťanského výkonu v okruhu Super – ktorý sa pohybuje od 13 kilometrov vyššie. Možno tu neboli strmé behačky do kopcov, avšak náročnosť prekážok to vyvážila! S medailou na krku, pamiatkovým tričkom na sebe a plechovkou domácehoIMG_5334 Guinnessu sme si vychutnali pohľad na ostatných Sparťanov, zdolávajúcich prekážky a aj samých seba, a uzavreli dohodu, že budúci rok to dáme spolu. Ako za starých čias. Veď prečo nie? Dvere máte otvorené všetci, už jedného člena do tímu máme! Aro!

Wishlist:
Ochutnať Guinness – niekoľkonásobne splnenô.
Odbehnúť závod – splnenô!

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Ako inak začať nádhernú slnečnú sobotu, ak nie návštevou krásnych rozkvitnutých parkov a záhrad? Írsko je tým povestné a my sme si ako prvú zastávku zvolili práve Irish National War Memorial Gardens. Tieto pamätné záhrady sú venované všetkým Írskym občanom, ktorí zahynuli počas prvej svetovej vojny. Pamiatku hrdinov sme si dôstojne uctili a aj si štrngli na ich počesť. Repertoár veľmi kvalitný: otvorili sme tri skvelé odrody štýlu India Pale Ale:IMG_5192

Wunderbar IPA od domácich Rascals Brewing

Punk IPA od škótskych Brewdog

Stone Brewing – Exalted IPA

IMG_5199Tretia možnosť, ktorá bola premiérou pre nás všetkých, nás prekvapila veľmi osviežujúcou a zároveň horkastou chuťou, s príjemným aromatickým chmeľom v popredí. Pivné raňajky so slnkom tancujúcim v korunách stromov v Dubline je to, čo chceš každý deň!

Phoenix Park

IMG_5212Prehupli sme sa cez rieku Liffey (v tomto prípade sme nepreplávali rieku na plťke, ale použili výdobytok civilizácie a prešli sme cez most) a ocitli sme sa v jednom z najväčších mestských parkov v Európe. Nikdy nekončiaca zeleň, obrovské ihriská, na ktorých sa práve hrali turnaje Camogie (ženský hurling, v tomto prípade dievčenská mlátička, ide o jeden z najstarších tradičných írskych športov!) a Cricket (to je ten kde IMG_5218všetci svietia vo svojich bielych dresoch a ja nikdy nechápem, ako sú vždy takí čistí). Ale ja som do športov hlúpa, nikdy si neviem poriadne zapamätať, že čo je čo, preto sme sa vydali na pátranie po Danielovi. A nie je tu len jeden Dano, sú ich celé stáda. V tomto parku sa IMG_5243nachádza krásne stádo danielov škvrnitých a je priam fascinujúce, ako sa zžili s prítomnosťou ľudí. Našli sme si medzi nimi niekoľko kamošov. Popravde oni v nás asi videli iba chodiaci zdroj obživy, ale zážitok je to skvelý, relaxačný a nezabudnuteľný.

Pivnú rundu v tomto parku sme si dali pri pamätnom obelisku postavenom na počesť írsko-anglického generála Duka z Wellingtonu (po našom Arthur Wellesley), ktorý dal na frak Napoleonovi v bitke pri Waterloo v roku 1815. A že to boli udalosti veľmi silné, aj percentáž niektorých pivečiek stúpla.IMG_5267

Pivný repertoár na tejto zastávke:

Dvojitá ípa od Sierra Nevada z ich experimentálneho balíčka Hop

Double IPA od mojej srdcovky Beavertown (UK) – Double Neck Oil

New England IPA od írskeho pivovaru White Hag

Ja som takto poskromne ostala pri zemi a sŕkala si New England IPA, ktorá ulahodila mojím sladkým chuťovým pohárikom a pripomínala mi džús. Ideálna voľba pod rozjasnenou írskou oblohou!

Wishlist – navštíviť park – niekoľkonásobne splnenô!

Nedeľný Beer Club – Pivo. Riska. Jenga.

IMG_5386V nedeľu se nedělá! Po rannej Spartan Race „spartakiáde“ sme si na večer naplánovali relaxačný pivný klub, upiekli risku na slovenský spôsob a koštovali ďalšie „kraftové poklady“. Svoje malinké pivné kluby si užívam naplno, pretože sa mi už viackrát potvrdila moja teória. Aj napriek tomu, že niektorí jedinci nemajú pivo na zozname obľúbených nápojov, vždy sa nájde niečo, čo ich súdku ulahodí. Patrik je jednoduchý oriešok a preto sme si túto „sešn“ užili naplno, a ochutnali toho neúrekom! A hrali veľmi populárnu krčmovú hru “Dženga”, po našom – kopec srandy. Alebo veža srandy. A veľhory pivných ochutnávok.

Menu:

Bitter & Twisted, Harviestown (UK) - Golden Ale, 4.2%

Jet Black Heart, Brewdog (UK) - Nitro Vanilla Stout, 4.7%

Cherry Cola Vice, Magic Rock (UK) - Berliner Weisse, 5.5%

Black of Kinsale - Discovery IPA Series (IRL):

Session IPA, 4.3%

Red IPA, 5%

West Coast IPA, 6.5%

Rye IPA, 5.5%

Imperial Black IPA, 9.5%

Coalface Barrel Aged, Carrig Brewing Company (IRL) - Black IPA, 6.9%

Botany of Desire, Magic Rock (UK) - Honey Double IPA, 8.7%
Whishlist – ochutnať výber írskych craftových pokladov – splnenô na 120%!

Teeling Whiskey DistilleryIMG_5399

Írsko je preslávené produkciou skvelej „vody života“ – „uisce beatha“ (po írsky, čítaj iška báha – hej, že čooo? Írčina je vtipný jazyk!), z čoho sa zrodil názov whiskey. A tou našou voľbou bol práve Teeling. Hneď za rohom od nášho bytu, veľmi pohodlná voľba! Na raňajky sme si dali ich Teeling Small Batch, IMG_5429ktorá je nádherne jemná lahodná whiskey zrejúca v sudoch od rumu, takže chuťovo a čuchovo mi pripomína moju obľúbenú Margot čokoládu. (90% ochutnávačov tejto slovenskej mňamky tvrdí, že je to asi najhoršia sladkosť akú v živote mali, zvyšných 10% uchádzačov tohto experimentu bolo z Brazílie – Ahoj Camila a Nando!) Zahriala naše vnútro aj napriek tomu, že to nebolo nutné – počasie nám aj v tento deň hralo do nôty, tak sme sa vzápätí museli schladiť ľadovým čajom. Nie však len tak obyčajným!IMG_5433

Wishlist: navštíviť írsky whiskey liehovar – splnenô.

Guinness Storehouse

IMG_5475Guinness Storehouse neprekonateľne vedie na rebríčku popularity írskych turistických atrakcií a jednoznačne stojí za to nakuknúť za brány jedného z najpopulárnejších pivovarov, ktorý dominuje na celosvetovej pivnej scéne. Je to super škola o tom, ako sa pivo varí, ako sa varí tento špecifický pivný štýl a taktiežIMG_5470 nielen to – je tu okrem iného aj historický prierez marketingovej scény Guinness spoločnosti, jednoznačne odporúčam! Je to zábava. (Aj po piaty krát, hej. No nabudúce svoju návšetvu pekne krásne počkám priamo v bare.) Počítaj s tým, že tu stráviš zhruba 2 hoďky, a na konci Ťa čaká odmena. Nauč sa, ako načapovať vlastnú pint of Guinness, alebo si ho nechaj načapovať v bare na najvyššom poschodí, kde budeš mať skvelý výhľad na celý Dublin a jeho okolie. My sme si zvolili Guinness akadémiu a načapovali sme si vlastné pivečko, a potom sme len zbežne nakukli do baru, keďže bolo príliš teplo a turistická roláda. Certifikáty máme a ja sa asi konečne začnem uchádzať o prácu v bare, haha!

Pivné menu:

Guinness, Guinness, Guinness!
Whishlist – navštíť Guinness – splnenô.

Írske Puby

IMG_5501Krčmy, krčmičky a krčmiská, to je to, čo charakterizuje írsku kultúru. Nikde na svete nezažiješ atmosféru, akú zažiješ tu. Prvý dotyk s írskou krčmovou atmosférou mal bráško práve v Bare Rua, kam za mnou ihneď z letiska prišiel. Našiel ma! A hneď mi aj pred otvorením pomohol s nábytkom. Však lacná pracovná (po)sila! Na oplátku dostal svojho prvého Guinness čapáka, zopár ďalších pivných ochutnávok a poriadny burger. IMG_5510Svoje “poprvé” zažil u susedov v bare Sheehan´s, kde som pre neho vybrala moju stálicu Big BanginIMG_5507´ IPA od pivovaru McGargles a odo mňa si chlipol z osviežujúcej kombinácie Jameson&Ginger Ale (pre slnečné dni, ak nechceš pivo). Pred ostrými slnečnými fackami sme sa ukryli v bare P.Mac´s kde sme si dali výborné jedlo a ešte lepšie čapáky, pretože ponuka v tomto bare je štedrá. Patrik si taktiež splnil ďalšiu požiadavku na zozname a ochutnal Jameson Caskmates IPA – whiskey, ktorá si poležala v sudoch od piva. Nesklamala, potešila! A túto premiéru neskôr zopakoval v bare IdlewildIMG_5536, tentokrát v kombinácii s pivkom, pretože whiskey a pivko ide občas ruka v ruke. Dlhé potulky po zákutiach írskych zelených parkov nás priviedli do podniku The Legal Eagle, kde vytúžený studený čapák bol ako dar z nebies. (a aj wécko, popravde). Čiernou ovcou rodiny tentokrát nezostal ani The Black Sheep, kde sme si okrem pivečiek od domácej firmy Galway Bay Brewery dali aj niečo pod zub. Úplne poslednou zastávkouIMG_5503 (pred tým než pilot naštartoval lietadlo) bol podnik Underdog. Ak máš náladu pod psa, príď do “PodPsa” a chlapci ti vyčarujú úsmev na tvári a pivo v ruke! Moja srdcová záležitosť. Výnimočný pivný výber aký sa snáď nenájde nikde inde… A bolo by toho aj viac, no čas je občas ten najväčší nepriateľ. Nabudúce!

Pivné menučko: 

Boddy Riddle, Pale Ale od Whiplash (IRL), 4.5%

Scraggy Bay, IPA od Kinnegar (IRL), 5.3%

Bay Ale, Irish Red Ale od Galway Bay (IRL), 4,2%

Vignette, Summer Session IPA od Galway Bay (IRL), 3.5%

Trusty Chords, American Pale Ale od Galway Bay (IRL), 5%

Edition 1, Session IPA od Hope (IRL), 4.3%

A Swingin´ Affair, Pale Ale od Rascals (IRL), 4.1%

Gamma Ray, American Pale Ale od Beavertown (UK), 5.4%

...a omnoho viac, len moja pamäťovka akosi pokrivkáva na jednu nohu!
Wishlist:
Zažiť atmosféru írskych pubov – splnenô!
Okoštovať Jameson Caskmates IPA – splnenô!

Záverečná bleskovka

Najobľúbenejší podnik:

Bar Rua (Vraví, že to nie je protekcia!) Ale vo všetkých bolo super.

Najobľúbenejšie pivo:

Všetky okrem Cherry Cola hókusu pokusu. Ak len jedno – vyhráva Exalted IPA od Stone.IMG_5195

Patrik si to vychutnal naplno. Kto je ďalší v rade pre malé írske dobrodružstvo?

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!