December, despite the fact that it is in the depths of winter proved quite eventful and diverse on many fronts.
From a personal perspective I got to enjoy the Other Voices weekend in Dingle Town, for the first time ever. I enjoyed the live streaming from St. James in Benners Hotel which is just across the road along with a few of our own beers. The band Lost Fathers had been pointed out so I had been checking them online and was quite excited at the prospect of seeing their live performance thoroughly urban and aggressive in sound they had a strange appeal to me.
There was also Juli Malones well needed Winter Solstice Breakfast Party, where spiced apple and scones were served completed with Vulture Feather and hawthorn brandy and warming fire and company. It was another first for me, I seem never to have made the time before, my loss.
There was also of course christmas and the day after which is the Wrens day, then New Year.
We sent quite a bit of beer to Dublin before the break, our usuals, along with a Winter Special a 5.7% marriage between our dark ale and porter. Essentially a very dark red ale with forward bitterness followed by rich smooth chocolate notes. This was dispensed in both bottle and keg. There was also a 4% Béal Bán in keg dispatched, I was calling it” Béal Bán Light” but was informed by both Paul and Daniel that the “Light” refers to calories not abv% in beer! Of course I replied “tough”!!
I had a very pleasant email from Michael Sheary of Sheary’s Pub in Crumlin, telling me he had the Béal Bán on a rotational tap over the christmas and that it had been received favourably good news for both him and us! As I replied, it seems to have taken us an age to get this far………
Then of course closer to home there was the beer we brought into Tom in Mc Carthys, his customers had the pleasure of 3 different varieties of our wares!!
Cúl Dorcha at 5% our standard red
Béal Bán Light 4% low alcohol gold
Winter Ale 5.7% a very dark red
- Now we have moved to another year and already are present in more bars, just 4 in total across the Dingle Peninsula (Chorca Dhuibhne) Most notably I am delighted we are in Donals place in Tigh Ui Cathain/Kanes in Baile ‘n Fheirtearaigh/Ballyferriter. Donal is our ex business partner and was with us as we tried to establish some sort of thirst for craft beer back in 2008. Still very much affiliated to us he is great supporter.
- The other premises are TP’s in Baile Na Gall/Ballydavid a well known bar and hostel by the pier run by Sean Bréandain. Kennedys pub in Dingle Town is our most recent addition and I might add with the shortest run from keg to tap! Run by Michael and newly reopened since last summer it is predominantly a craft beer house with a wide range of beers.
- With demand for beers at its lowest ebb within the year our primary goal over the coming weeks is to concentrate on infiltrating some more premises across the Peninsula………..
One final thing, I was slow to photograph anything as the light is incredibly dull and saturated with humidity not the ideal scenario for a light filled medium.