Category Archives: Craft beers

One never-to-be-repeated tasting

Wow. I just tasted a range of ‘de-alcoholised’ wines, ie drinks that are made like wines and then have the alcohol removed before being sold in wine bottles to be drunk in place of actual wine. Tasting notes for the whites range from ‘furry peaches and cream with hint of dead mouse’ (a Californian Chardonnay) to ‘gone-off buttermilk’ (a ‘Premium’ German beauty). The rosé was like ‘milk teeth on steroids’ (White Zinfandel) and the red a straight-up ‘gross’ (Californian Merlot). Read the rest of this entry

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Aoife’s Fantasy Festive Food & Wine Wishlist

It’s that time of year when everyone’s writing lists and checking them twice. My hairdresser has all her presents bought (well, 42 of them) and wrapped. I know: it’s not even December yet, for jeebus-jumpers sake! So, I’ve made a list too. My very own wishlist of what I would love to receive from family, friends or enemies looking to lure me into a false sense of security. I’ll admit that some of them are more realistic than others, but a girl can but dream. So, in no particular order, here follows my Fantasy Festive Food & Wine Wishlist (as it appeared in IMAGEdaily, only with links, and some pix in case my words don’t cut it for you)… Read the rest of this entry

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Guerilla Gourmet Club seasonal treats

I’m looking forward to this coming Friday’s Guerrilla Gourmet Club, described as a “one night only popup autumn harvest dinner”, when I’ll have some of the season’s best ingredients cooked in suitably elaborate style. The dinner takes place in the The Royal College of Surgeons at 7pm, Friday 15 November, when they will serve a menu created by Ross Golden-Bannon (my ex-editor, formerly of FOOD&WINE Magazine) and Temple Garner of San Lorenzo in Dublin’s Georges Street (formerly head chef at The Mermaid Café and head chef/founder of Town Bar and Grill). I love Temple’s cooking. It is full of big generous flavours and executed with subtle skill. Perfect for the generously flavoured ingredients of this time of year… Read the rest of this entry

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Curry and beer, Co Louth style

The makings of Ma Chanda's chicken curry

Last weekend I went to the unlikely location of Ardee, Co Louth to learn more about the kind of cooking you might find on the streets and in the homes of Bangladesh. (Read on for details of this Thursday’s Bangladeshi street food and Irish craft beer night – or this autumn’s Bangladeshi cookery classes which will keep off in September.) Read the rest of this entry

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Farmhouse Cheese & Craft Beer Weekend

It’s fitting that Irish artisan farmhouse cheese-makers should be pairing up with Irish craft brewers to bring us a weekend of tastings and events this Bank Holiday weekend. Events are being held nationwide in cheese-houses/farms, breweries, restaurants, pubs, gastropubs, off-licences, markets and other venues. According to Bord Bia, who are supporting the festival, there are 50 of the former operating in Ireland today, producing over 140 varieties of cheese, and 17 of the latter… Read the rest of this entry

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EVENT: Craft Beer Festival

WHAT? The All-Ireland Craft Beerfest, featuring 50 beers and ciders and a few whiskeys too, with various Irish farmhouse cheeses to taste and pair

WHEN? Saturday 24 (noon-midnight) & Sunday 25 (noon–10pm) September

WHERE? RDS, Dublin 4 (Industries Hall) Read the rest of this entry

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EVENT: Lughnasa Beer Festival

WHAT? The second annual Lughnasa Beer Festival, brought to you by Deveney’s of Dundrum, one of Dublin’s leading purveyors of specialist beers from Ireland and around the world. From pilsners to porters, ales amber and ales pale, from krieks and blondes to weiss beers and stouts, there’s something for everyone here.

WHEN? Friday 19 August, from 5.30pm til 9.30pm (don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of soakage in store, with food from Siam Thai, Pieminister and Hog-Roast.ie.)

WHERE? The Pod complex, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 Read the rest of this entry

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