Adventures of a Trombonist

The ramblings of a brewing mad, sports nut & professional Trombonist

Barry’s ‘new ones’

Whilst at my winner dinner in Farrington’s I was treated to some fantastic new offerings on draft. I could see the excitement in Barry’s eyes as he listed them off to me and promised to bring them up to compliment the food. He wasn’t kidding. The beers arrived in a timely fashion and did not disappoint.

Not knowing exactly what I was drinking made it all the more intriguing. First up was a hazy, light golden pint with a big white fluffy candyfloss head. The waitress was unsure what it was. Inhaling the aroma I knew straight away it was some sort of Belgian style. Sweet and fruity of the nose with that tell tale Saison funk. It turned out to be a Rosemary and Clementine Saison from the Franciscan Well Brewery from Cork. It hit the spot. A light body, floral and citrus tones with a dry finish. Perfect  as an aperitif. Perfect summer beer despite the fact that as we drank it there were people looking for life boats on the street outside as the rain hammered down.

Two captainsNext up on the beer list came a ruby red ale with an inviting off white mousy head. It was complex. Bready, malty, crusty, luscious and rich on the nose. Fantastic. it was Metalman Brewing‘s Chameleon Garnet.  This is a beer that satisfies from the first sip. It unveils itself to you. One layer at a time. Very satisfying.  It is certainly as complex a beer as I have seen from an Irish brewer with the possible exception of Otterbank Brewing‘s Farami Stout. It is great to see the boundaries being pushed with such a malt driven beer. It just shows that not everything has to be about hops.

We were in for a treat next. Nøgne ø Two Captains Double IPA.  This is one of the most balanced beers I have ever had. It is not overwhelming in any way unlike a number of the well known DIPA’s. Malty and bready on the hose with restrained floral, earthy and citrus hop aroma. For a beer that weighs in at 8.5% you would expect a big IBU level to hit you. Orange, citus and grapefruit flavours  all dance on the tongue.  There was a strong bitterness but the finishing gravity balances this bitterness extremely well. It drinks like a session beer but with layers and layers of complexity. Deceptively strong.  Beautiful looking. Great legs. Lovely lacing. Extremely tasty. We loved it.

Thanks again to Barry and all the staff for looking after us.


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This entry was posted on March 29, 2014 by in International craft beers and tagged , , , .

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