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Munching Vidal Blanc on Keuka Lake, New York
74 days deep into our EU Austerity Drinking Tour, we leave Cork, Ireland for Paris, France. Au revoir beer and whisk(e)y. Bonjour France: glorious crucible of wine: where most grape varieties and wine styles took root.
An airport bus takes us from Cork at 9:50 am. Landed at Charles de Gaule airport, we starve our way to our home-stay near Place des Fêtes in the 19th Arrondissement. Continue reading
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
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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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
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