When I arrived in Galway and walked out of the train station i was hit by a cold wind, off the North Atlantic. When I left LA I was trying to decide between a heavier or light jacket. I am glad I went with the heavier.
After checking in to the hotel I wondered around the town. There were a couple of places on my list that were in the center but their beer lists were not interesting. Eventually I ended up on Ravens Walk in front of the Salt House.
This is part of a small chain. I had visited their first Dublin pub, Against the Grain, a couple of times. They also have a brewpub in nearby Salt Hill (the Oslo Bar) and the beers I had in Dublin were well made but not too interesting. So I wasn't sure what to expect.
They had an impressive set of taps, with three American craft brews (Anderson Valley Imperial IPA, Sierra Nevada Draught Ale and Celebration), five of their own Galway Bay Brewery beers and a few other Irish Craft Beers.
I started with the Hooker Brewing Galway Hooker, which is not brewed in Galway city but in Roscommon which is not too far away. So I started with that. It was a good first beer of the day.
|Hooker Brewing Galway Hooker|
|Galway Bay Brewing Strange Brew (Brown Ale)|
The glass actually says something like "We feel Awful that some people have to drink bland tasteless beer so we decide to cut the crap and brew our own..." The brown ale was nice. I tbink it would be a good addition to their lineup.
I followed up with their porter, which was had a nice chocolate malt flavor and some hop bitterness in the finish.
|Galway Bay Brewing Stormy Port Porter|
|Porterhouse Plain Porter|
My seatmate at the bar had ordered a porter from Denmark and let me have a taste. It was so good I had to order one for myself and again break my rule of only Irish beers from Irish Breweries. It comes from the To Øl in Copenhagen but like so many famous "Danish" beers it is really brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in Belgium. But it still was very nice and at 8% a bit stronger than I had been drinking.
|To Øl Black Ball Porter (Danish)|
|8 Wired Brewing Hop Wired IPA (NZ)|
I walked up the street a bit to the Bierhuis, another pub that was recommended to me.
The beer selection was a bit more international (lots of ImBev beers on tap), not as many Irish beers but they did one the Trouble Brewing Sabotage IPA on cask, so I had one.
|Trouble Brewing Sabotage IPA on Cask|
I think the Hopwired IPA blew out my taste buds because this wasn't too hoppy. I need to give it another try when I am fresher.
I noticed down in the bottom of the cooler that there was a Stella Artois Cider. Who knew? Didn't feel the urge to try one so if you want to know how it tastes, talk to somebody else.
|Something I did not know existed|
|Salmon and Chips|