So I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Guinness Open Gate Brewery event held last night in the Golden Thread Gallery, Great Patrick Street, Belfast. This very cool venue normally filled with paintings and pieces of art was transformed for one night only into a bar serving a selection of ale, beer and of course stout.
The brewers at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin’s St James’ Gate have spent the last 6 months on ‘The Brewer’s Project’ inventing, creating and masterminding their new craft ales and now they are ready to be unleashed into our local bars, 25 of them to be exact. But before that happens, we got to have a wee sneaky taste of them, nice!
Along with the famous stout and Guinness’ most recent venture into lager land, Hophouse 13, there were 2 new ales, the Rye Pale Ale and the Botanical Ale. The Botanical Ale did exactly what it said on the sign, botanical, floral flavours though very subtle and smooth. The Rye Pale Ale was excellent I must say, very well balanced with a nice amount of hops coming through. It’s the Rye Ale that will feature in local bars initially which I think is the right choice.
Speaking to the folks from the brewery (Ian and Nick) was fascinating. they clearly knew their stuff and had a real passion for the art of craft brewing and enjoyed doing what they do. I got a lesson in retro-nasal tasting from Ian, something I would recommend you look into and try If you’re into drinking craft beer or even wine. It’s a technique which helps all the individual flavours stand out on your palette as you drink.
Along with the choice of drinks were a handful of local food companies serving food that had been paired with each of the drinks and who also had incorporated the ales into their recipes. We were treated to some oysters from Mourne Seafood, breads from Zac’s Bake House with Abernethy butter, goat & chorizo wraps from Broughgammon Farm and cheese from Dart Mountain Cheese. For dessert there were Doughzy Donuts (loved their Guinness donuts!) and Draynes extra creamy Ice Cream.
A superb night all round. Good to meet some fellow bloggers and a great show from the food folks and the team from Open Gate Brewery. Keep an eye out for the new ales in bars soon for a limited time only, as they will be following these with yet more new concoctions.
A big thank you to everyone at Smarts Communicate for the invite and for a very well run event.
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