Our kegs on draught in Mc Carthy’s Bar & casks in the Marina Bar Dingle

So,  not quite where we envisaged ourselves when we started out back in 2008, but we are now in kegs not just casks and bottles and since our pub is not open at the moment we chose to bring our first delivery to Mc Carthy’s pub in Dingle a great venue with regular music sessions.

It felt quite historic that first evening with no advance warning other than a pre arranged nod from Tom who seems happy to promote our beer. And so, there were in fact just two lucky drinking customers in the house who were more than happy to test this new product!

How spoilt I felt in such company, sipping and talking beer, how we can wax lyrical about liquids describing with great accuracy  the merits of textures and flavours on the palate!

From my own point of view after years selling bland cold fizzy stuff it really is quite thrilling to be in a position to produce and sell something with a little more character. The make up of our beer seems for me to really lie in its locallity it can not exist anywhere else, especially considering we are using our own water.  I am not sure about other breweries but I imagine the water must impart a huge part of the character to beer seeing as it is the predominant ingredient.

We will continue to produce cask beer coming straight from the fermenters because it too has a place, its appeal is slightly more base. It is a product with no interference not just unfiltered as are our kegs are but also un carbonated.  We have been very fortunate this past summer to have been available in the Marina Bar Dingle.

They have a thriving food business on the Quay in the town where a lot of the tour buses park up carrying thirsty visitors who are more than happy to taste a truly authentic product from the wonderful peninsula of Chorca Dhuibhne!



Friday evening beers in Kennedy’s Bar Dingle

Friday beer in Kennedy's
beer lacing

The necessary ingredients have been ordered for this recipe swap we are planning.

It looks like we will miss Christmas and will head for an early January release instead. Things have moved also in terms of how we will dispense our beer with the arrival of our first pallet of 30 litre kegs, our brewing needs to increase in order to get more out there.

Now we will be keging, casking and bottling all done manually so not quite sure how all that will pan out.

Brendan is making us a keg/cask washer of sorts something not too expensive, I seem to be doing a lot of spending of money we don’t have, lots of mental fabrication of money going on!!

Hopefully I can manage to stay ahead of the posse in this regard.

Friday evening beer in Kennedy's Dingle
Friday evening beer in Kennedy’s Dingle

The week culminated in a delicious few beers in Kennedy’s Bar, Dingle. A couple of which were ours!

I was also surprised by a pumpkin beer from Trouble Brewing, not usually drawn to flavoured beers, I was in need of a warm up as the evening was rather damp and particularly cold, so the cinnamon was just the job hitting the spot!

And on reading their blurb on the back, it was pleasantly surprising to read that they grow and roast their own pumpkins!! Who’d have thought!! :)