It’s not a bad thing to wake up with this view of Galway Bay…
I brought some beer over to Ireland for our Galway friends Alan and Darren, who we had met last November, and Will, who we were supposed to meet but it didn’t align on our last trip. Why not do a photo shoot over Galway Bay with some amazing American Craft Beer?
Singlecut Beersmiths Heavy Boots of Lead (Rye Barrel Aged) and Jenny Said.
I haven’t had a chance to try the Rye Barrel version of the Heavy Boots, but this imperial stout boasts flavors of vanilla, toasted marshmallow, coffee, and chocolate.
Jenny Said is a beautifully hopped IIPA with notes of tropical and stone fruit, with some dank pine and some sweetness.
Interboro Spirits & Ales may be a newer brewery, but they’re pumping out some of the finest liquids in NYC. I’ve written about these before, so I’ll spare you the details, but if you’ve had ’em, you know I’m spitting truth, and if you haven’t, you’ll just have to take my word for it. Hopefully they’ll pump out another batch of Stay G-O-L-D, and I know they release Mad Fat! Fluid on the regz. Get ’em.
Funky Buddha Last Snow, a coffee coconut Porter that smells like walking into a Dunkin Donuts, and tastes like a delicious cup of coconut coffee. This is amazing stuff!
After a light breakfast, we headed out on the beautiful scenic drive up to the Cliffs of Moher. We decided we would eat lunch before walking along the cliffs, so we stopped at Vaughans Anchor Inn, in Liscannor, for a bite and a pint.
My first pint, and Holly’s first glass, of Guinness! What’s great about Ireland is that EVERY pub offers glasses of beer (half pints), which are perfectly sized for Miss Holly Kay!
I ordered mussels in white wine sauce, and we had some amazing soda bread. As I went outside to take a photo, I noticed some local beer on the shelf and asked the barkeep about it.
They were bottles from Western Herd Brewing Co., brewed only about 25 minutes from Liscannor.
I ordered the Blue Jumper IPA, which was nicely balanced, with more herbal, medicinal hop character than the citrus bombs here in the Northeastern US. This is more of a traditionally styled IPA. I shared this one with my Uncle Gerard!
And the Cliffs? Well…
They were gorgeous…
And we’re not so bad ourselves!
Don’t push my Dad, ‘cuz he’s close to the… EEEEDGE!
Oh, you want Moher?
I’ll give you Moher. We spent nearly 2 hours walking along the cliffs (close enough to get some great pictures but far enough away that nobody fell off a Cliff of Moher), and stopped for some chocolate at Hazel Mountain Chocolate ?!
For dinner, we found ourselves (all 15 of us!) at The Brasserie on the Corner in Galway, which shares its space with Blake’s Bar (which you’ll remember from THIS post). I ate steak (because why wouldn’t you?) and paired it with…
Independent Brewing Connemara IPA. Another well balanced beer with flavors of citrusy black tea! Delightful!
And, when in Rome… Drink Galway Bay Brewery beer!
This was a delightful milk stout with roasted coffee and chocolate. Another amazing brew from Will and the gang!
After our amazing dinner we made our first visit to The Salt House, another Galway Bay Brewery bar right in Galway City, with views of the Claddagh river (see above photo), and boasting an amazing beer menu with fine liquids from all over the world.
I enjoyed the Hexed IPA, and it put a spell on me (??) with it’s dank, citrus hop notes and just a bit of sweetness. This was AMAZING, and also not the last one I drank during our vacay.
What happened next was one of the greatest stumble (and I mean STUMBLE) upons EVER! We found a pub with a 15-piece big band playing some AMAZING jazz. It was stunning.
Sometimes, you gotta end your night with some JAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! It was another absolutely wonderful day with my love, Holly and my family!
Until next time…