Category Archives: Ireland

WEST KERRY BREWERY, PORTER, DINGLE PENINSULA, IRELAND EU 3.99: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #39

Pints from the Franciscan Well Brewery warm our walk back to our homestay. We stumble upon ruins of a distillery We also visit a militant penitentiary: Soon evening shades the port of Cork, Ireland.  Punks chase each other.  Couples mouth … Continue reading

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CORK (IRELAND) PART 2: THE FRANCISCAN WELL BREWERY: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #38

Last Monday sampled beer from the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork, Ireland. We return to test their cask ale.

A week ago in Dublin, we tried their Purgatory Pale Ale from cask at the Bull and Castle. I got a touch romantic: “Franciscan Well’s ‘Purgatory’ is hardly hell: it is beguiling, a bit sarcastic, and very good (4 of 5): like a first date who clearly is over you by the end. I suppose we should stop by Cork after all.”

Oh, how naive.

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BLARNEY CASTLE, THE FRANCISCAN WELL BREWERY: CORK, IRELAND PART 1: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #37

Our EU Austerity Drinking Tour leaves the charms and beer of Kilkenny (posted last Monday).  We head to Cork on Ireland’s south coast: our last stop in Ireland before diving headfirst into the wine-filled bosom of France. While munching on … Continue reading

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SMITHWICKS VISIT: KILKENNEY, IRELAND: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #36

Like most dark comedies, today we attend a funeral. Last week’s post intimated that Smithwick’s (pronounced Smith-Icks), Ireland’s oldest brewery, will die.  Its owner Diageo decided to move Smithwick’s from its birthplace in Kilkenny to Dublin.  Demolitions are pending. We’ll … Continue reading

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KILKENNY: Arthur’s Day; St Canice Cathedral: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #35

We bus to Kilkenny in the heart of Ireland, after a beer-drowned week around Dublin (posted last Monday).  Or least that’s what we think. Exhausted, I book our one-way ticket as round-trip.  Idiot.  I can’t change it.  To top it … Continue reading

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