Podcast Episode 27 – White Hag Brewery 2nd Birthday

Podcast Episode 27 – White Hag Brewery 2nd Birthday




So, your brewery is turning 2 years old, what do you do? Well, throw a huge bash at the brewery apparently and invite everyone to come!

That’s just what the team at White Hag, from Ballymote in Sligo did this past weekend. They threw open their doors to their fans, friends, and family.

In this episode we have tasting of Little Fawn, the Session IPA by White Hag, and we listen to Wayne reminisce about a wild day and night in Sligo.

Brewmaster, Joe Kearns also provides us with an interview.

Thanks for listening.

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A session with St Patrick

As St Patrick’s day is drawing ever closer I thought now would be as good a time as any to try Jack Cody’s Hail Glorious St Patrick Extra Stout. I’m already a big fan of their amber ale Smiggy! I was delighted when they recently sent me a couple of bottles and a branded glass in exchange for some thoughts on this new stout recipe. It was originally launched in 2015 which I didn’t actually get to try. This version is brewed with Madagascan vanilla pods, special roast beans and oatmeal.

As I popped open the bottle and poured the beer, I was instantly hit with the beautiful aroma of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. There is a very faint hint of vanilla. It pours a lovely rich dark colour with the creamy head. On taste its lightly carbonated with lovely coffee notes. Feels quite thin with a nice sweetness to the finish. All in all for an extra stout weighing in at 6.3% abv its enjoyable to drink. They won a silver medal at the Killarney beerfest in 2015 and more recently, a Bronze at the 2016 Dublin craft beer cup held at the Alltech Brews & Food festival. Its easy to see why. I’m currently enjoying this with some homemade freshly baked bread and blue cheese! This is a limited edition and is currently available nationwide in O’Briens and very good value at €2.55

Well the hunt for Max has finally ended thanks to the good folk in O’Briens in Navan. I’m a big fan of this brewery and when I saw it was available on draft I knew I had to have it. Max is the latest brew from O Brother Brewing based in Co. Wicklow. It’s a “Rockin Session Ale” at 4.4 % abv. I just love the label. They’re branding has to be one of my favourites.  On the nose its piney with citrus hops. It pours a nice golden colour with a decent white head. On taste its light and fruity with a good dry bitter finish. It would go perfectly well with a nice chicken curry or a spicy stir fry! A very enjoyable beer that I’ll look forward to having more of  in the summer. Very much worth the wait! Its available nationwide in O’Briens at €3.70 for a 500ml bottle.