Wanna taste some beer?
Its May, suns out and Indie Beer Week is just around the corner. Yeah!
A celebration of independent Irish brewing in the four corners of Ireland, Indie Beer Week has been running for a number of years and is just the event to remind us all of the vibrant, innovative and indeed economically valuable sector that craft brewing is in Ireland today… like we needed an excuse!
Running Thur 23rd to Sun 26th May, this is a great opportunity to connect with what’s new and what’s happening at craft breweries and Independent Off Licences’ all over Ireland.
Here at Ardkeen Quality Food Store we love our craft beer and always have something crafty going on. We love the passion, the creativity and the independence that makes this industry so dynamic but most of all we like the taste. No longer satisfied with generic, bulk production beer, we want the small batch, hand crafted experience. That’s what you get with Craft and Irish Craft is up there with the best.
Ardkeen Quality Food Store has built up strong working relationships with our brewers and suppliers to ensure that we carry core ranges from some of the best breweries in Ireland with locals Matalman Brewing and Dungarvan Brewing, from the west Kinnegar Brewing and The White Hag, beasts from the east Wicklow Wolf and Drew Fox Brewing’s Cleverman, not to forget the provenance kings Ballykilcavan and 12 Acres Brewing in Laois. We will also have the new range of cans from Hope Beer Dublin and all at the keenest prices. These relationships also ensure that we have all the latest new release, seasonal, limited edition and of course the always in demand collaboration beers the moment they are available.
To ensure these beers are kept in optimum conditions we have invested in a brand spanking new beer fridge which now makes craft browsing a dream. Friday afternoon we call in the brewers for producer tasting which are always fun and a great chance to connect first-hand with the stories behind the beer, the brewery and the passion that is an essential ingredient in this sector, and you thought it was just all about hops! If and when the brewers are all off doing hipster stuff we crack open a few beers ourselves on Friday afternoon so when we call it Craft Friday, we mean it.
Recent to the hazy summer evenings here at Ardkeen QFS we have the lads DJ Walsh and Eoin Tabb from the Snugcast Podcasts. Recording weekly podcasts from a snug near you these lads are gathering quite a following online with beer and eclectic chat. Never ones to rest, they are now recording a monthly Snugcast video at Ardkeen Off Licence where they look at a few beers that caught their eye each month with the Ardkeen Pick being one that caught ours.
For the week that’s in it we are keeping the tasting table out and will be opening a few beers each afternoon so make sure you pop in to taste some great Irish beers. The old favourites and new will be getting a pour so lots of interesting styles and of course chat.
Thursday from 3 – 6: Low or No with Julie
A look at one of the biggest trends in beer at the moment. Low or no alcohol.
Friday 3 – 6: Beers with Steve. IPA deconstructed
Saturday 2 – 4: Beer, Banter, Craft, Caint
Join bi lingual Snugcast lads DJ Walsh and Eoin Tabb for what they do best.
Looking at beer north, south, east and west. Literally.
There are tons of other great events happening locally and nationally so check out http://indiebeerweek.ie/ for the full list of events and follow them on Twitter @ÍndieirishBeer
We will be posting on all our Social Media platforms so keep an eye on Twitter @ArdkeenQFS Instagram @ardkeenqualityfoodstore and Facebook at Ardkeen Quality Food Store.
So let’s be havin’ ya for some for some good libations, vibrations and good old celebrations.
Metalman Brewing Co American Style Pale Ale 330ml
This is our origional metalman pale ale, brewed with cascade and summit hops to deliver the flavour punch we like. Its not pasteurised or finely filtered, and you might find that its a bit hazy, we recommend you don't worry about it and get on enjoying the beer.
Dungarvan Brewing Company Black Rock Irish Stout 500ml
A traditional dry Irish stout, full flavoured yet smooth. Roasted barley flavours are nicely complemented by notes of vanilla and aniseed. Enjoy with robust meat dishes or on its own from the shelf. Contains a yeast sediment.
Dungarvan Brewing Company Comeragh Challenger Session Pale Ale 500ml
Comeragh Challenger Gluten Free Ale
An easy-drinking gluten free pale ale single-hopped with Challenger.
Comeragh Challenger is a traditional English style pale ale, light and refreshing and at only 3.8% very easy drinking.
One of our core range and certified Gluten Free since 2015, Comeragh Challenger is an English style pale ale or bitter hopped solely with Challenger, an English hop used in many traditional bitters. The malty profile and floral hops make for a delicate and understated ale, and at 3.8%, this is an easy-drinking beer that will be perfect for summer barbecue days!
What’s in a name? The Comeragh mountains, dotted with coums and loughs, cover the centre of county Waterford and offer some of the greatest vistas and challenges to walkers, hikers and cyclists in the region.
Tasting notes: An English-style pale ale which is brewed using the naturally occurring hard water of West Waterford and hopped solely with Challenger hops to produce a traditional bitter-style of beer. The malty profile and floral hops make for an elegant and understated ale.
Dungarvan Brewing Company Copper Coast Irish Red Ale 500ml
A flavoursome, fruity Irish red ale which uses crystal malt to give a caramel character that is balanced by a light dash of bittering hops. Perfect accompaniment to most meat and game dishes. Contains a yeast sediment.
Kinnegar Crossroads American Style IPA 500ml
CROSSROADS American-Style IPA
Rich in citrus and tropical fruit flavours with a touch of pine thrown in.
Alc. 6.2% vol.
Ballykilcavan Brewery Brickyard Red Ale 500ml
100% of the Barley in our beer comes from our award-winning farm in Co. Laois
Brewed with our custom-made caramel malt, this Irish Red Ale has a rich malty base and a lingering earthiness from its fuggle and golding hops.
Our bottled beers are unfiltered and bottle conditioned.
12 Acres Brewing Co. Pale Ale 500ml
12 Acres Pale Ale is a delicious refreshing dry hopped golden pale ale with a moderately sweet malt body, balanced with a burst of citrus hoppyness. Brewed with home-grown malted barley and spring water from deep beneath the same land, 12 Acres produce unique craft Irish beers which are traceable from their ground to your glass.
12 Acres Brewing Co. Rye IPA 500ml
12 Acres Rye India Pale Ale is a full flavoured ale with plenty of grapefruit & citrus hop bitterness and flavour with a nice spicy bite from the malted Rye.
12 Acres Brewing Company is a new craft brewery located in Clonmore, Killeshin, Co. Laois. It has been set up by brothers Patrick, Ian, Barry & Rory McDonald on their family farm.
“The 12 Acres field on our farm is where we have been growing malting barley for the brewing industry for generations. Now we are craft brewing our own beer and we’ve named it after one of the fields where the barley is grown”.
Metalman Brewing Co. Equinox Refreshing Wheat Larger 333ml
Sunshine in a can! Equinox is a refreshing unfiltered wheat lager brewed with orange, lemon, and coriander. It’s not pasteurised or filtered, and like most wheat beers, will have a light haze to it. We recommend you don’t worry about it and get on with enjoying the beer.