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Dinner for a winner

Farrington’s,  Temple Bar, Dublin city centre. Temple Bar has a bad rep in Ireland for being overpriced and full of plastic Paddys getting hammered.  But Farringtons.  Farrington’s is a beacon of light. A pub with  a rich history in an area that has had more lives than one likes to think about.  But, for me, it has one of the best draft line ups in town. Farrington’s I may be in love with you.

I was met by Barry Kavanagh as I walked in the door. Big bearded smile, warm hand shake. “Big bottle of Chimay or would you like to try a few new ones I have in”, Barry asks, as I introduce my wife.  No brainer.  I went with the new ones.

Upstairs we went for our slap up dinner courtesy of Farrington’s and my win at the Liffey Brewers Homebrew Competition in February. Amongst the winning prizes was this dinner.  Two hot stone steak dinners.  I would be lying if it didn’t cross my mind that my wife doesn’t eat steak very often and there was an opportunity that I may have to clean up her left overs (sadly the steak was too good and she ate it all).steak

The Liffey Brewers are a local homebrew club to the Celbridge, Lucan, Clondalkin and Liffey Valley area. They are under the umbrella of the  National Homebrew Club. They successfully ran one of Ireland’s first local club competitions with 60 entries. The winning entry was my Foreign Extra Stout. The stout was based around a Murphy’s recipe from March 12th 1889. The first time Murphy’s brewed a stout. The previous August  I had spent a wonderful  couple of days in University College Cork sifting through the Murphy’s archive and gathering as much information as I could cram into my head. Having left with more questions than answers I came home and brewed what turned out to be a piece of history in a glass and a winning brew.

 

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The dinner did not disappoint and Barry’s choice of beers hit all the right notes. In fact they were so good I have written another post just for them here.

The steaks were on their way. We could hear them. So could everyone else. Heads turned as the sizzling steaks, presented on their hot stones, screamed  from the kitchen all the way across to our window table.  The heat from the stone was a terrifying  beauty. The steak was fabulous. Tender and extremely tasty. This was followed by a one off dessert just for us. A boozy stout with cream and ice-cream. Very interesting.

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By the time we had finished out last beer of the night,  Two Captain’s from Nøgne ø, and had a good chat with Barry we were the last to leave the restaurant. The rain had ceased and we strolled into the night.

Big thanks to the Liffey Brewers and Farrington’s for looking after us. Also, it was great to meet another Rossa. He was working behind the bar in Farrington’s and looked after us very well.

Liffey Brewers @LiffeyBrewers

Farrington’s @Farringtons1696

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