Beer, and Food. In a brewery. What’s not to love.
This past weekend, Paddy & Daire opened up their brewery to hold a Beer & Food evening, where Bru Beers were either ingredients in the Food or matched to the food on offer. Boy was there a good crowd there. Great to see!
The event was organised as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series www.boynevalleyfoodseries.ie where there are lots of foodie events taking place in the Boyne Valley region over the next couple of months. It was great to see so many local people out celebrating local food and produce.
|Shiny steel and a packed brewery.|
It was a who’s who of local artisan and quality food, on the cheese side we were represented by Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, and Boyne Valley Blue. There were some nibbles provided by The Central Navan, and Vanilla Pod. There was also bread that was baked with spent grain from the boys brewing exploits.
Then hot food wise there was offerings from local Indian Restaurant Copper & Spices, and cooking up Whole Hoggs fine pork products on the BBQ was Daire’s mammy, Mrs Harlin! Fair play for sticking at it all night.
|A wheel of Delicious Boyne Valley Blue, flanked by Bru!|
Dessert on the night came from Burke’s Ice Cream, infused with Brú Dubh. It was delicious, but it was ramped up when we made Brú Dubh floats with some and added some grains also. Yum Yum
Aside from the cracking beers, including a newly tweaked Rí recipe which is much more hop forward now, and I loved it. The stars of the night were the curry offerings from Copper & Spices, i’d tweeted earlier in the week that Chicken Balti would be great with a Brú, and Carmel matched the two and it was a match made in heaven. The lamb curry was also fantastic. It’s great to see that in keeping with their local ethos Carmel will be getting a tap of Rí into her restaurant this week, and more and more punters will get to taste this great food and beer combination. It was great to meet Carmel & Nitin, and i’m looking forward to picking up some food for a Beer & Food matching article i’ve got to write.
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Also stars on the night were the amazing pork from The Whole Hoggs of Slane. Bru Rua infused Sausages, and Bru Marinaded Burgers. However what sent them over the edge, was the Bru Rua ketchup, and Rí IPA Mustard that came from Ian Bergin, the man behind the 11pm Somewhere podcast. Just like his podcasts, these things packed a punch.
Its been a busy time for the lads in Bru, picking up new accounts, but also new beers coming. A Belgian Saison will be winging its way to us just in time for the summer, weighing in @ 7% this isn’t going to be for the faint hearted. It’s called Bru Mor. There is also a Hefeweizen on the way, and this weighs in @ 5%. Lastly, what i’m looking forward to the most. Bru Dubh is already an awesome stout, the lads are ageing some in Whiskey Barrels and is due for release later this year.