I dropped my bags off at my hotel and headed for the nearby Brew Dock.
|The Brew Dock|
This is one of three pubs owned by the same group that owns the Olso and Salt House (and a couple of others) in Galway. They didn't have the Full Sail IPA on, so I went with the Stormy Port porter. Nothing new to report, tastes the same a last time -- which is a good thing.
|Galway Bay Brewing Stormy Port Porter|
My goal was to head over to the Porterhouse for a few pints of Oyster. On the way I passed Farrington's -- one of the pubs with a "Irish Craft Beers" sign in the window, so I stopped in.
|Farrington's in Temple Bar|
It turns out they have six Irish Craft beers on draft. I went with a Metalman Pale Ale.
|Metalman Pale Ale|
|8 Degress Sunburnt Red|
It was enjoyable, but I guess I'm not a big fan of the style -- I want either more hops or more roasty maltiness.
I asked Barry, the barman for a suggestion and he suggested the Dr Rudi's Single Hop Belgian Ale.
|Dr Rudi's Single Hop Belgian Ale|
This is produced by the "Brown Paper Bag Project" which is not a brewery but a marketing company (i.e. a contract brewer) The beer is brewed by 8 Degrees (for now). It was definitely made with a Belgian yeast. It was fine but lacked the complexity you find in a lot of Belgian brewed Belgian style beers. I find that is the case with most (but not all!) small American breweries as well.
Well, that was three beers I wasn't counting on -- but thoroughly enjoyed -- so I continued on the Porterhouse. They have a cask ale TSB -- produced with New Zealand Sticklebract hops, long before they became trendy. I decided to try one before my Oyster Stouts.
Then it was time for an Oyster Stout. And another...
|Porterhouse Oyster Stout|
|Porterhouse Bohemia Dark Lager|
It just made me take a note "Self, get back to Prague one of these days."
They had their second hand pump working, with a beer from Thornbridge in the UK, their Halcyon Imperial Pale Ale. I really like the Thornbridge beers, so I broke the rule again.
|Thornbridge Halcyon Imperial IPA|
Lovely, lovely, lovel. This would stand up well with a US Double IPA. Without the additional CO2 the hops really come thru.
In talking with a local, he mentioned the Black Sheep (the other new pub in the Galway chain) had quite a few cask beers. It sort of was on the way to the hotel -- not really but close enough.
|The Black Sheep|
This is one of their seasonal beers. It was a red ale and well made but it was too late in the evening to give it a fair rating. I definitely will have it again next time I am in town.