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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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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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DRINK IN DUBLIN DAY 4-6: Bull and Castle; Hill of Tara; Newgrange: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #34

Time is running out.  For three straight days we had mostly drunk through Dublin: averaging more three pubs a day.  But only three days remain. Light rain turns into a torrent.  So we devote most of our time running between … 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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