27 November, 2009
Just received my delivery of Samichlaus Bier also known as 'Santa Claus Beer'. This is one of the rarest beers in the world and the strongest, as an added bonus. Brewed once a year on December 6th and aged for 10 months before bottling. It's a massive 14% alcohol and I have it in an equally massive size, 3 litre bottle. For those of you that would find the Jeroboam a little daunting I also have a couple of cases of 330ml bottles, €4.99 each.
Winter beers to arrive next week and not a Christmas decoration unearthed from last year......
23 November, 2009
14 November, 2009
13 November, 2009
Deveney's of Dundrum are putting on a beer festival in the Bull and Castle in aid of Focus Ireland.
Ticket sales will be through the month of December but theres limited spaces available.
Tickets are €20 each allowing you access to the beer hall and 10 tasting Dollars.
Extra Dollars are available to purchase on the night for €1 each.
There will be more than 80 beers available to taste at the event with some guest speakers and some of the best beer specialists to talk you through the line-up.
Tickets for this event will not be sold on the night.
Tickets to go on sale the first week of December, first come, first served basis but I'm giving my beer club a heads-up. All those who want tickets email me before advertising starts. Can't guarantee availability otherwise.
It's going to be a great night with loads of interesting gear to try.
If you're interested get in touch,
Hope you're as incredibly excited about having something decent to look forward to in February as I am.
11 November, 2009
Last Thursday was our November beer club. We tasted the new German Pinkus range and the New Belgian Brunehaut trio.
The top 2 were the Pinkus Special - a pale bronze lager with nice hop and fruit aromas, ripe pears, toasted malt and some floral notes. The palate, big, juicy ripe fruit and a slightly bitter hop finish.€2.99 bt
The other was the Brunehaut Amber - Amber, surprisingly enough, in colour. The nose is creamy caramel and butterscotch notes. The palate is a combination of vanilla, ripe fruit and some hop on the finish.€3.49 bt.
I'll just give you all a brief synopsis of the 4 others. Pinkus Pils -Typical pilsner style, gentle hop aromas with a firm malt body and a crisp light bitter finish.€2.99 bt
Pinkus muller-hefe, quite an unusual style of German wheat beer. The nose is quite traditional, cloves, banana but the palate is very floral and heavily hopped. Not unlike the Hopfen Weisse by Schneider. slightly acidic finish.
Brunehaut Wit has a Belgian wheat beer nose, citrus, slightly candied. The palate is much chalkier than other Belgian whites. Dry and lacking the typical orange peel and lemon characteristics that I love.
Brunehaut Blonde was a little disappointing for a Belgian blonde. The nose had some element of spice and yeast but the palate was a little too light, slightly yeasty with an earthy finish... Not unpleasant just a little insignificant.
I'm unsure of a theme for next month but something festive that works well with a turkey and ham sandwich in view of Stephen's day. Keep you all posted.