Brewery TalkA borrowed FV, a visit to a maltings and an ICBI meeting

May 5, 2015by admin2

Never ones to judge a book by its cover!?  we recently borrowed the below vessel from Brendan Dobbin, whom we buy most of our equipment from, and who provides us with much of our technical needs and advice. Our aim is to try and brew twice a week, once for bottles and the other for draught most of which we are aiming to sell on the Dingle Peninsula and in our own bar Brics Pub which is adjacent to the brewery. We were forced to stop trading in the bar just over 12 months ago due to its declining trade and it was with great sadness the doors were closed.

 

Borrowed FV
Borrowed FV

Now though, with things turning around a little we are actively trying to revisit this reality and open for tours of the brewery daily and by appointment.

Brics has such a long history intertwined with the locality. It has been a shop and general store, grain and feed supplier, petrol station B&B restaurant and pub, changing and adapting since it opened in the late 1800s. so naturally it would give great pleasure if we could keep the whole thing afloat.

The irony being that where the present brewhouse is situated still has the loading bays where horse and carts could pull up to load grain feed and general supplies. This is where we now crush our own grains for brewing.

 

IMG_0566With barley very much to the fore of my mind I mention the recent seminar held in Kells Mills Kilkenny, who are hoping to import and supply directly from Crisp Maltings. Cutting out importation costs and delivery to my door is always appreciated mainly because of our rural location. The following day I made my way to Minch Maltings in Athy and I was pleasantly surprised to receive  a personal tour of their facility by Alan and Paddy (the guy overseeing the whole malting process) It was a real treat to get such one to one attention, particularly when you consider their big customers are  the likes of Diageo. We wouldn’t even hit the rickter IMG_0561scale with our small production, but even I recognise that doesn’t diminish our impact and place within the brewing industry.  Hearing Alan and Paddy talk about their growers brought home the connection back to the land and the holistic  view through the grain, water, botanicals, yeast and fermentation. The visceral relationship between ourselves and what we eat and drink is quite profound.IMG_0564

My Kilkenny direction was prompted by the most recent Independent  Craft Brewers meeting, it is made up of such a diverse group of people and moves at a very slow pace. I get a little impatient with the mechanics of bureaucracy and wonder why things do not move faster? The agenda covered things as base as our identity and trying to address what is indeed the criteria for membership? Carly is also working on an identity, an image/sticker which we may use on our packaging to set us apart from the pretenders.

 

2 comments

  • The Beer Nut

    May 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

    It would be great to have Bric’s back on the map again. Drinking beer at the source can’t be beat!

    Reply

    • Adrienne

      May 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks so much for your comments Mr. Nut…all two of them!
      My apologies for not having posted that map of the breweries on the WAW, its just a little more technical than I have felt of late, I will come back to it though. Libby of Kinnegar, kindly sent all involved various formats so I know at this stage some one else has posted it.
      As for drinking from the source, that has always been the aim and the original idea creating the brewery in the first place. It breaks my heart to see the doors closed, particularly because I made the ultimate decision and that is spoken from someone who truly found it difficult standing and engaging behind the bar…… Living 24/7 and working within a pub environment should actually be forbidden,especially if you want to raise a family and stay some what sane!!
      Even so I am beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel……tentatively I envisage there may indeed be a way to re float this ship. So keep an eye out!!……

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