Tuesday May 24th
Rising Sons Brewery tap take over
We headed up the road to one of Ireland’s premier craft beer bars – The Salt House – one of the many homes of the Galway Bay Brewery, for the first Rising Sons Brewery tap take over.
The sun was splitting the stones on Cornmarket Street as we loaded up the van with a selection of beers including our Steeple American Amber, Changling Session Pale Ale, Our Summer Saison “Mayhem”, and the last ever keg of “Uprising” Black IPA.
By the time we made it to the Salt House in Galway and unloaded the van, there was a real buzz around the city, and the thirst for beer was growing!
At 7pm as Stephen from the Salt House was tapping up the kegs, somewhat of a crowd had gathered with promise of Cork beer causing intrigue both inside & out. As the first pints of Steeple poured from the tap, beer lovers and casual tasters alike had formed an orderly queue to find something to whet their pallets. Reaction from the local crowd was very positive, Mayhem proving to be a very popular choice – sparking much debate about Saison brews.
The majesty of the last keg of Uprising was not wasted on the group and many were seen going back for a second or third pint. Rising Sons staples Steeple & Changling also went down a treat as the sun beamed down on the Salt House by the river.
Head brewer Will, from Galway Bay Brewery joined us for a beer, Shane and He wasted no time delving into deep conversation about hop types and the trends in Irish and Global Beer.
Galway Bay’s Jenna also swung by for a couple of glasses of beer and talk turned to the Galway Bay Tap Take over, on June 23rd in Rising Sons Brewpub – a date for the diary!
As the night wore on, we were joined by old friends and new from Galway, Cork, Belfast and even Yorkshire! We sampled more of the local delights, from “Full Sail IPA”, to “Heathen” – a black berliner weisse sour and a particular revelation for this beer drinker!
We ended the evening in great company as the team from the Oslo – the original home to the Galway Bay Brewery, joined us for a night cap.
Shane and I were treated to a parting gift of a bottle of “Two Hundred Fathoms”, a very special collaboration between Galway Bay Brewery and Teeling Whiskey. Two Hundred Fathoms is a small batch whiskey barrel aged imperial stout.
The following morning – feeling fresh(ish), Shane and I made for the brewery itself at the invitation of Will to check out their production facility and the planned expansion for the brewery.
As with any brewers – the lads were hard at work and happy to take us on a full tour of the facility. Will and Tom walked us throughout the brewery, and treated us to a taste from their last bottle of ‘The Eternalist”, a mixed fermentation sour ale!
Galway Bay Brewery are joining us for a Tap Take over in Rising Sons Brewpub on June 23rd come and enjoy some of the many delights they have on offer!