Radka’s Broof Club: Chapter Saoirse.

Once upon a time, there was a lonely roof in Dublin city centre. However, it is not lonely anymore. It was adopted by Radka’s Broof Club, who has a wee session up there every now and then. Even if it is Baltic outside! Because beer makes us warm and happy. Preferably hoppy.

In my opinion, there is a beer for everyone. At least one. You just need to find it. You just need to pick the right one. This chapter of the broof club session is a real proof of my statement. I took a chance and invited Saoirse – my beautiful friend – to climb the roof and have a little broofing session with me. I carefully picked the beers according to what I thought she would like. And I have to say – it was a success! Hooray!

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Saoirse wouldn’t describe herself as much of a beer drinker. She would usually drink cider, ginger beer or as a true Irish woman – proudly and occasionally a nice pint of plain. I wouldn’t describe myself as a cider drinker. I would usually drink ANY beer. Not a cider. So with this exchanging experience I made a compromise and decided to start with a can of COONEYS IRISH CIDER. I will be honest, I do understand such a strong popularity of ciders on hot summer days, and this one was a refreshing opening choice, as we have been lucky to catch the very last summer day in Ireland. Fizzy apple juice for adults – sure, why not! (Am I a cider drinker now?)

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Saoirse Kavanagh. Young. Smart. Beautiful. Talented. Saoirse loves music. She finished her degree at BIMM and her angel voice is as beautiful as Saoirse herself.

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Saoirse Kavanagh – Strong (Youtube). Just play it!

Listen to the tune and atmosphere of her own song ‘Strong’ that she wrote. It describes the atmosphere and character of the beers that we were drinking. Smooth, relaxed, and delicious. Full of feelings and emotions, full of flavours. And with this exciting gradation in her song, there was a gradation in our beer repertoire as well.

Our playlist was very fruity. Saoirse is a sweet girl, and we were drinking ‘girly’ beers!

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Lagers are mostly represented by big brands and big names all over the world as the most common and known beers. I wanted to show Saoirse that ‘boring’ lager-style taste can be twisted and upgraded, so we opened this grapefruit lager by SKA BREWING – Rue B. Soho. Smell of citrus, refreshing taste of grapefruits in the background, nice touch of hops… not a disappointing one, comparing to lagers that she tasted before. And she finished her share of taste, which was a good sign!

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We stayed in a grapefruit-y mood with the next beer, this time we levelled up style-wise, entering the world of pale ales. A wee bit of discotheque now – Daft Punk are singing about how to Get Lucky – I am singing about LERVIG’s Grapefruit Edition of Lucky Jack every time I can, as I can’t help myself, but this beer is a fixed star in my fridge. We got lucky to get this beautiful weather accompanying our beer session… Saoirse’s glass became empty again. To my surprise, she liked the highlighted grapefruit flavour more in this pale ale, because it was more intense. Extra point for Jack! You are very Lucky, Jack.

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Sun was still shining – time to move ourselves to our imaginary beach, with a cocktail in our hands… Pina Colada Pale Ale by RASCALS. And Rupert Holmes’ tune in the background. ‘If you like Pina Coladas…’… well, we actually can’t be objective talking about the authenticity of the taste, as neither of us had a real Pina Colada before. Definitely kind of a cocktail beer, even though I was missing a stronger kick of hops in there. RASCALS is experimenting with weird combinations of flavours all the time and I am very excited about them every time they release something new. One of them became my obsession during this summer – Raspberry Sundae IPA. Both of us voted for Sundae IPA, as Rascals did a nicer job with lactose and the whole milkshakey kind of flavour was a little bit sweeter with a longer lasting finish. While the first one was more cocktail-y, the second one stayed in beer-y beer-y category.

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Pint of plain is your only man, but there was a nice (and looks pretty too!), pink alternative to it hidden in a big bag of cans. Blackcurrant Nitro Ale by LEFT HAND BREWING. We poured it hard into our glasses and watched this hypnotic magic process of settling down. We got rid of our creamy moustaches that the beer drew on our faces and satisfied with its appearance and a light smooth taste moved on to THE ONE.

And here it comes, Prince of our beer selection fitted for Saoirse…

‘Raspberry Rubaeus,

The kind you find in an off-licence store,

Raspberry Rubaeus,

And if it was on her, she wouldn’t drink other ones anymore!

Raspberry Rubaeus,

I think she loooooooooves it.’

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Smile on her face is a proof. I found(ers) it. I found the one for her! Thank you, FOUNDERS, for your sweet & tart taste of summer.

Our ladies’ broofing session ended with a special dessert, limited edition of Bearded Lady – 10.5% Imperial Stout by MAGIC ROCK BREWING. Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for 3 months, this stout had all that was promised: bourbon flavour, sweet vanilla, hint of oak, cacao nibs, cinnamon, we also tasted some kind of nuts in there (or were we going nuts at this stage?)… super rich flavour all together! And all these flavours were appearing unexpectedly from nowhere, dancing all around your mouth, wildly jumping on your taste buds… with lightly spicy exit sign at the end of this adventure.

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Broof = beers on the roof! Roofing and drinking some special craft beer jewellery made with love and hearts of brewers around the world. Potential ‘bro’ for this ‘broofing’ is anyone who loves craft beer, or anyone who would like to lose virginity with the beers I will choose for them! Sometimes it can be a perfect match, but sometimes it can be very challenging. Give me a shout if you have enough of courage and want to become Radka’s Broof Club Bro!

I would like to thank Saoirse for her time, courage and trust. I hope you did enjoy this broofing session as much as I did, and here’s cheers to many more beers! (Is it, yeah?)

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Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

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Radka’s Broof Club: Chapter Conor.

‘Meet me on the roof at 5. I have a big bag of cans.’

No further questions. No answers needed.

It was a hot summer in Ireland. Like once-in-40-years hot. I think it was almost a month ago! I was broofing with my bestie. Meet Conor.

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We both enjoy a good pint of… anything! That’s why I knew that Conor Ryan, born and raised in Kilkenny, is the right person for me to start my little real beer club with.

Conor is my foreign brother from another mother. When I met him for the first time in my life, I thought he was 30 years old (yep, my age-guessing is getting…better, haha). Today I know already that he is my baby brother!

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We call ourselves with different names all the time. According to the mood and occasion. Corona, Crono, Cronsie, Cronsieslav, Cronsiebald, Conorslav, Rabbit Cakes, Rabbit Legs, all parts of Rabbit, Koppersnackersbitch… We have our secret language and jokes that are super silly, but they are the funniest and the best jokes ever for us.

Meet me on the roof at 5.

Very clear message. He understood. I had a big bag of cans and he had an hour and a half to drink it with me before his family birthday dinner (Happy Birthday mammy and daddy Ryan’s, I am so sorry for a delay!) I have to say that we failed and didn’t drink the whole big bag of cans, but we did our best.

6 out of 10 is pretty decent, if we look at our time pressure.

We started our broof session very lightly – percentage-wise, with a Sundae Raspberry IPA made by Rascals Brewing Company.

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I’ve had this one before and I truly enjoyed it. Most people don’t like beers that are sweet, and this one definitely belongs into this category. There is a hint of vanilla sweetness but very well balanced with refreshing flavour of raspberries, finished with a creaminess by adding lactose in. Do you know that feeling when you are wrecked after a long shift at work and then you are coming home and finally get to lie down in your bed… the moment when you put your head on your soft fluffy pillow,  it feels absolutely amazing, doesn’t it? That’s exactly the feeling that you have after sipping this beer. It’s so soft and smooth, creamy and fluffy, with a berry kick of mainly raspberries, but there is more citrusy flavour to add with Citra and Enigma hops. Maybe it is not hoppy and bitter kind of a ‘real beer’, but it is very exciting to see and taste what you can do with a beer. A lot of experiments and for me personally, this one is fantastic!

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It definitely is some kind of a milkshake beer revolution these days. We couldn’t resist opening another Milkshake creation, this time by Fourpure Brewing, called Spice Route Chai Milkshake Pale Ale. Oh…my…god… Such a flavour! It felt like a time machine that brought me almost two years back…bloody notorius

It all started in Bar Rua. We both experienced how it feels like to be a homeless for the first time in our lives. Fortunately, not literally homeless, but pretty desperate to find a roof we could put our heads under. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere and with all Irish luck, myself and Conor became housemates! I remember it as it was yesterday that we got the keys from the gaff and were celebrating with Bloody Notorius, a double IPA by Beavertown. It was 11am and sipping this orange mind-fu**ing 9.1% beauty felt soooo good. Bloody delicious! Do you remember, Crono?

All those memories are unforgettable, and this Spice Route Chai Milkshake Pale Ale became one of them now! Bloody delicious…

It’s a summer beer that you want to drink on Christmas with its hint of cinnamon. Its chai tea flavour makes it a beer you want to drink in summer with all the fruity notes you get from it.  You get all of it in one package. Fourpure made it so brewlicious, and both of us agreed that this one was ‘the one’ we fell in love after the first sip.

We lost our virginity with the Fourpure Brewing Company and we were too excited about it so we jumped on the second ride straight away with their Nightfall Coconut & Chocolate Imperial Stout.

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In collaboration with Sunset Brew from exotic Brazil, this one brings you to the beach! It is a stout, but you will feel like drinking this beer out of a fresh coconut! I was talking about my relationship with stouts in my previous stout night episode (fair play, it was in my mother language), and this one fits to all descriptions of the stout I can not only drink, but actually enjoy a lot. 9%? So what? Chocolate and caramel flavour hides it pretty well, and who doesn’t love chocolate? Very easy drinking even for a stout. Fourpure gets a big thumbs up, it was a pleasure to taste you!

We were getting pretty emotional here, so we had to open a can of emotions. Literally. A Tin Can of Emotions.

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This was my opening beer at Brewdog Cinematic Circus, and I was very excited to introduce this diamond to Conor, as we both enjoy the art and beers from Yellowbelly lads. It did not disappoint, and after all those fantastic brews from their kitchen, we got lucky to get something mad! 10.1% is an ABV you are going to get emotional about even before you taste it. 440ml can is another thing you are going to cry about again. But it’s all the tears of happiness. Amazing double IPA that shouldn’t be missed by any DIPA lover.

When you have fun, the time goes very fast (am I Sherlock Holmes now, with this new observation?) and we knew our wee session is coming to its end when Conor spotted his family crew from the roof.

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After our emotional beer by Yellowbelly we had to move to something super mad, super quickly. Both of us went through (and still are going through, right?) addiction to a very famous not named (haha) energy drink, so this one I honestly picked only because its name. Made by Brooklyn brewery, Monster Ale! This very traditional barley wine is not being brewed anymore so we probably drank one of a very few left. Sitting in wine barrels for four months, but it was ageing a whole lot more afterwards and it added even more winey and aromatic flavour to it! One of those things in life that becomes better with time. Like wine itself, traditional Slovakian potato salad (the best on the second day, definitely!), or they say men…

Beer itself was very enjoyable, we wouldn’t even notice it was a 10.1% monster! And I firmly believe the strength went a bit up with keeping it ageing for a bit more. Such a monster, it was!

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If I could sing at this point, I would. And Conor absolutely can! (…) He is singing for us every day. So we said goodbye to our broof club session with this Roxy Music’s song:

‘In every dream home a heartache
And every step I take
Takes me further from heaven
Is there a heaven? 
I’d like to think so…’

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Hoppy days, we got a phone call of Conor’s mammy, that their table was not ready yet. So it meant one more beer for us! This one was a blind pick. At the end of our session we drank In Every Dream Home A Heartache, a double dry hopped sour mash IPA by Wylam, Dry & Bitter and North Brewing. Juicy, fruity, not really sour (everything containing a word ‘sour’ makes me scared), with a nice and lightly bitter finish. Tasty end after the beers we had, I have to say. And after that one we for sure did not stay dry and bitter.

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P.S.: We actually do look like sisters, Cronsie.

P.S.2: I would normally be Conor’s wing(wo)man and promote his phone number, but he is taken, boys and girls!

The next Broof Club Session Chapter is coming soon, and if you are interested in drinking a big bag of cans with me, let me know!

Sláinte – Cheers – Nazdravie!

 

@photos by Radka’s Beer Club