So I arrived in Dublin jet lagged and slightly hung over.
After dropping my bags at my hotel, I went for a walk and ended up at the Norseman Pub, formerly known as The Farrington.
They have 28 taps, which is an increase over last year. About 2/3 of them are Irish Craft beers, the rest being industrial beers. It is Temple Bar and they get lot's of tourists so I don't begrudge them that -- to much.
I wanted to start out with a Dublin brewed beer but my choice, 5 Lamps Honor Bright Red Ale was not on, so I went a Franciscan Well Chieftain IPA. It's brewed in Cork so local only in the sense it is Irish.
|Franciscan Well Chieftain IPA|
My next choice was a Kinnegar Yannaroddy Porter. I remember one of their beers, Scraggy Bay, from previous trips so little risk was involved.
|Kinnegar Yannaroddy Porter|
The jet lag was creeping up, so I decide to move on. The temperature outside was in high 30s/low 40s (Fahrenheit) so it was quite brisk and what I needed. Unfortunately for my jet lag but fortunately for my mouth, my walk took me right to the Porterhouse Brewing Company's Temple Bar pub (and formerly the site of their brewery).
The Porterhouse Oyster Stout is one of my favorite beers in the world. So I had a pint. Only only one, which shows how jet-lagged I was.
|Porterhouse Oyster Stout|
The Porterhouse also has a good selection of Guest beers.
Being winter, they have a number of stronger beers -- something to look forward to on a future visit. I had a bowl of Seafood Chowder with my Oyster and then moved on. I had had some issues with my Irish SIM card for my smartphone and went to get that squared away and by then it was time to check in at my hotel.
After a couple of hours of contemplation, I was ready for round two. I headed up to W.J. Kavanagh's
This place was originally a sister pub to L. Mulligan Grocer's when it suddenly closed in early 2014. In late March it re-opened under new ownership (the folks who ran the Off-license next door). On my visit last year it showed great promise but had a ways to go.
They are there. They've increase the taps to 21, added two hand pumps and increased the bottle range.
I started off with Rascal's Big Hop Red.
|Rascal's Big Hop Red|
Since I had good luck with my earlier Kinnegar beer, I next tried their Rustbucket Rye.
|Kinnegar Rustbucket Rye|
The two hand pumps had Old Rosie, a very nice English Cider and Fyne Ales (from Scotland) Superior IPA. I've had a number of beers from Fyne Ales but not this one, but I put it off until I've tried more Irish beers...
The day was catching up and I figured I had one more pint in me, so I had an 8 Degrees The Full Irish, which they describe as a "Single Malt IPA."
|8 Degrees The Full Irish|