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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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VERTICAL(ISH) TASTING: Veuve Clicquot 1953 Vintage; 2008, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1990 Yellow Label

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label represents one of the most recognizable Champagnes in the world: not exactly a Wayward Wine. Polo-watching yuppies love it.  It is part and parcel of the fashion-opoly: Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (a third of which Diageo … Continue reading

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GUINNESS FACTORY: DRINK IN DUBLIN DAY 3: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #33

Our seven month, thirteen country, EU Austerity Drinking Tour continues today with the pint that defines Ireland: Guinness. Last week’s posts visited the decent (but now defunct) Messrs Maguire Brewery Pub and the bolder (and now international) The Porterhouse.  Today, … Continue reading

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BUSHMILLS: Distillery Visit and Review, 10 Year 12 Year Whiskeys: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #26

Our trip brings us to the Giant’s Causeway: a collection of basalt columns cutting into the sea. Volcanic activity forced them up 50 million years ago.  Then rapid cooling cracked them like dry mud into over 40,000 hexagonal pillars. But … Continue reading

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