“Weren’t you just there 6 months ago?” was the question asked by a coworker when he found out Holly Kay and I were traveling to Ireland again.
“…7.” was my response.
But hey, when one has a chance to spend time with family and amazing craft beer and whiskey friends, one jumps at the chance to go to Ireland again.
Also, there’s beauty everywhere you turn.
Our home base was Galway, where you’ll find pubs like the Oslo Bar (former home of the Galway Bay Brewery), The Salt House (another of GBB’s flagship pubs) and Garavan’s, a world renowned Irish Whiskey bar.
Last time we were in Galway, we met Alan, manager at the Oslo Bar, and Darren, manager at Garavan’s. (See my previous Galway posts HERE and HERE.). We were so happy to be able to meet up with them again, and bring some more craft beer for them to share as well.
But first, margaritas…
We had some DELICIOUS, PINT-SIZED margaritas at the airport (AKA GOODNIGHT!) and tried out our new fisheye lens clip for the iPhone (it was $10 but it got the job done, wouldn’t ya say?).
These were Blood Orange Margaritas. I REPEAT. THESE WERE BLOOD ORANGE MARGS. NIGHT NIGHT.
Shenanigans followed, of course…
Holly Kay’s just plane crazy!
We landed in Shannon airport after an overnight flight having barely slept, and once we got our rental car, we stopped by one of our favorite places from our previous trip, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
We had a lovely few hours walking around, chatting with the groundskeepers and recalling our previous trip back in November.
We had lunch at the Drumoland Castle, which was absolutely incredible….
Yeah. This place.
It was absolutely unreal.
We had a nice Cuppan Tae and some delicious sandwiches in the most beautiful room with the comfiest couches and chairs we’ve ever sat in.
Having barely slept a wink, we were both nodding off. But the chairs were so COMFYYYYY…
We stopped about halfway to Galway to get some beverages and gummy bears to keep us awake, and I was surprised to see that the latest, hazy, juice bomb, New England Style IPA trend had caught on even at gas stations in Ireland…
We arrived in Galway and met up with my parents and our relatives, and went straight to our favorite pizza place, Dough Bros! Alan had suggested this place to us the last time we were in Galway, and again, it did not disappoint. We had 11 people with us at this point, and we all were able to snag tables around the restaurant, and everyone loved their pies.
Holly Kay and I shared a spicy Nduja sausage pie and a Margherita. Both were great! We were STARVING and also VERY tired. Hi Mom and Dad!
Hold on, isn’t this a beer blog?
This was new! Dough Bros had Independent Brewing Company of Ireland create a session ale just for their restaurant! This was a gorgeous, crisp, refreshing pale ale with biscuity malt, and juicy orange citrus hops. What a perfect beer to compliment any of the Dough Bros pies. Simple, clean, great stuff!
After dinner, we were all spent (the rest of the family traveled into Galway from Sligo, a few hour drive), so we stopped at the nearest convenience store to pick up some supplies for the week, and opted for a quick cab ride back to the AirB&B as it started to pour (as it does, in Ireland. ??)
I’m pretty sure Holly Kay and I conked out just after 9pm Ireland time (4pm New York Time) after having spent almost 40 hours without sleep, but this was the view from our bedroom, which was so special, so it was hard to go to bed even though we were so tired. (Ok, I’m speaking for myself, Holly fell asleep on the chair in the living room ?)
That’s it for Day 1! Stay tuned for more fun!
Until next time,