Quick update on what we’ll be up to for the rest of the month!
Our July dancecard is pretty full, and for the remaining days we have the following events lined up:
Events July 2017:
Friday 21st – Summer Series tour and tasting session
Thursday 27th – Dungarvan Show. Claire will be doing a talk and tasting session in the Waterford Way food tent at 12pm.
Friday 28th – Long Table Dinner at the brewery.
From the very beginning, our mission has always been to brew distinctive, quality beers. Through continued exploration and innovation we have decided to release a selected number of limited edition special brews.
Brewer’s Select Range
While we continue to brew our core range and seasonals on a day to day basis, the fun part is in trying out new recipes, playing around with flavours and tinkering with the pilot kit. Usually the results of these brews are released as one off casks or kegs, often coinciding with one festival or another. Until now these one offs haven’t made their way into bottles, so we’ve decided to do something about that and roll out more one off, small batch releases.
To kick things off, we’ve sent out a batch of what we’ve decided to call a Thai Wit. This is a classic wit beer, brewed with Irish wheat malt, Irish barley malt and Munich malt, which has been flavoured with some Thai-inspired ingredients, namely palm sugar, kaffir lime leaves, coriander, galangal, cardamom seeds and lemongrass.
Tasting notes: This pours a dark golden colour, with the classic pillowy Wit head. The medium body has a chewy mix of dryness and sweetness, which is lifted by the freshness of the lime and lemongrass flavours, while the initial coriander and cardamom notes give way to a lingering heat.
Food Pairing: Obviously something Thai would work great with the flavours here, but this beer would stand up to more robust dishes and stronger flavoured meats. Try a Massaman curry (our favourite is from Little Thai Kitchen) with beef or duck, or alternatively move towards a beef stroganoff or hearty venison stew.
Cheese Pairing: Again, stronger flavours would work great here such as a good vintage cheddar which the maltiness of the beer works well with while the spice kick lifts the whole pairing.
Alcohol: 6.4% ABV
Hops: Challenger, Cascade
Allergens: Contains Barley and Wheat
Availability: On very limited bottle release from August 2016
Ah Summer! Ok, we’re not having the greatest one weather-wise here this year but at least there are some constants, like our Summer Series brewery tours and tasting sessions!
Once again this year we are running tour and tasting sessions on Friday evenings, kicking things off at 5pm with a brewery tour and following this with a tasting of our beers and some food pairings. Sessions last approx. 90 minutes and are a relaxed, fun session and a great way to kick off the weekend.
For an idea of what to expect on our Summer Series, have a read about Billy Lyon’s visit with us in 2014 on his blog corkbilly.com.
Mine Head on a trip to the beach.
For visits to the brewery outside of these sessions please contact us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you. Be advised that summer is a busy time for us with production and visitors so advance notice is required. We have more information about visiting the brewery on our Brewery Tours page.
We have been asked many times about brewing a gluten free beer, but up until recently we were not happy to do so, as it would mean either brewing with a gluten-free grain such as sourghum or chemically altering the beer, which is not something we are willing or happy to do.
However, new brewing products have come available that can break down the gluten in the beer, and after a bit of trialling and experimentation our head brewer Cormac decided to make this year’s Comeragh Challenger gluten free. Comeragh Challenger is our regular summer seasonal since it was first released in 2012 and is an always popular one.
After a few delays and hiccups along the way, the beer was brewed and bottles from each batch have been tested and certified – the results of the analysis are showing a gluten content of <10ppm (far below the threshold of <20ppm for a food to be considered Gluten Free). All batches brewed this year so far have been tested, so any Comeragh Challenger currently on the market is gluten free. We released some of the bottles before receiving certification but you can rest assured that even if the bottle isn’t marked as such, all stock out there is certified. Cheers!
Not one, but two 800th birthdays being celebrated around us this weekend!
From Waterford County Museum:
On 3 July 1215 King John issued a charter at Marlborough which granted the customs of Breteuil (in France) to Dungarvan. It freed the burgesses in the town from tolls and customs owed to the Crown. The 800th anniversary of this important event takes place on 3rd July this year.
Dungarvan will be spending the weekend celebrating this occasion, beginning with the arrival of ‘King John’ by boat to Dungarvan quay on Friday at 5.45pm, accompanied by a flotilla from Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club and there’ll also be a medieval banquet at Crews Restaurant, a market at King John’s Castle courtyard and a series of lectures organised by Waterford Museum.
Crews were keen to serve a beer at the medieval banquet, which let’s face it would be a lot more fitting historically than “other drinks”, so we decided to barrel age some of our Copper Coast for the night – we used the same sherry barrels that Blackwater Distillery aged our Poitín collaboration in. It’ll be served from a cask on the night along with their fantastic medieval menu.
In tandem with this, Dromana 800 also takes place this weekend, celebrating 800 years of Dromana House. We will be taking part in their Georgian Fete on Sunday, 5th of July and will also be serving our barrel aged beer there, alongside our core range of beers.
For a taster of what will be happening in Dungarvan this weekend take a look at the RTE Nationwide programme which aired on July 2nd and features lots of familiar Dungarvan faces and places.
Father’s Day is tomorrow. But you knew that, right? And you’re all sorted with gifts and cards, right? Riiight..?
Ok, you’re not. But don’t panic just yet – we’re looking out for you here and have a back up plan for you. First, you need a card – no probs, download the image below, print, fold and write your greeting. Card sorted.
Then, for a gift run to your nearest off licence which stocks great craft beer, grab a bottle and present it with the card. Job done.
Too hot to run to the shop? Or finding it hard to let go of Dad’s bottle? The why not book a brewery tour and tasting session for him. We have a Friday evening series running throughout the summer, bookings can be made on our webshop and we can send you a printable ticket to include with your card. Bingo! Instant status as best son or daughter ever.
Here’s to the Dads! 🍻
Following on from the popularity of last year’s brewery tours we are delighted to announce this year’s Summer Series.
Summer Series 2015
Join us on Friday evenings throughout the summer when we will host a ninety minute session including a brewery tour, tasting and food pairings. These relaxed, informal events were very popular in 2014 and this years sessions are soon to fill up quickly. Sessions include a look at the brewing equipment, a talk on the brewing process and the ingredients we use as well as a tutored beer tasting. Tastings will be done with one of our certified Beer Sommeliers and food pairings including the award winning Brewer’s Gold cheese from The Little Milk Company will be on offer.
As we are a working micro brewery our tours are ‘on the ground’; you get to meet and talk with the brewers and others who are hands-on in the brewery and have a thorough knowledge of beer and brewing. Visitors on last year’s brewery tours included Cork blogger Billy Lyons who wrote about his tour on his blog, which you can read here.
Sessions will begin at 5pm, running on the following Fridays: July
10th*, 17th, 24th and August 7th, 14th 21st. Entry fee is €10 per person.
Group sizes will be limited, so advance booking is necessary.
Bookings can be made online via our webshop, or get in touch with us either by email, on Twitter or on Facebook for more enquiries or to make your booking.
These sessions are for over 18s only. *July 10th now fully booked
If you would like to do a brewery visit outside of these times please contact the brewery and we will do our best to accommodate you. Be aware, though, that summer is our busiest time both for production and events so we may not be able to meet all requests.
Cormac was delighted recently to be one of ten international brewers to be invited to the UK to brew for the Wetherspoon’s Real Ale Festival 2015, brewing up O’Dwyer’s Irish Stout at Wadworth’s Brewery in Wiltshire.
All the brews took place at the UK breweries on the 9th February 2015, with all the brewers meeting in London for the social side of things the following evening.
Cormac (front and centre) with the other international brewers.
The beers are to be served alongside forty other UK real ales as part of the JDW Real Ale Festival which runs from March 13th – 29th, with ales going on rotation in the pubs across the UK. Each of the beers has been brewed using only British-grown hop varieties; a total of 24 different hop varieties are being featured amongst the festival beers, including established varieties (Fuggles and Goldings) and newer varieties (Boadicea and Jester).
The overseas beers on offer have been sourced from brewers in Brazil, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Spain, Ireland and Australia.
“The festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase the wonderful range of British-grown hop varieties and support British hop farmers” said beer festival organiser Gary Holmes. “It will give beer enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of UK and international beers, many of which have not previously been served in Wetherspoon pubs.”
O’Dwyer’s Irish Stout
Based on Dungarvan Brewing Company’s own Black Rock, this is a smooth, full-flavoured beer brewed using roasted barley to give a chocolate taste, complemented by notes by herbal hints of vanilla and aniseed.
Brewed with Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops.
Currently being served on rotation handpumps at JD Wetherspoon pubs across the UK, keep an eye out for it!
We have a very exciting collaboration taking place at the brewery this week… more details soon and keep an eye on our social media accounts for hints to the brewer coming to work with us, and the very special beer being planned…
We are delighted to have Ireland’s newest distillery, Blackwater Distillery, just a few miles from us in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, and were especially pleased when Peter from there made contact with us with an idea he had in mind.. a distilled beer, the first of its kind in Ireland.
Peter wanted to explore the idea running a beer through his still and putting the resulting spirit to rest in Sherry casks for a couple of months, to take on the colouring and some of the flavouring of the casks. So, in January Cormac brewed up a strong (7%) oatmeal stout, which was then transferred to the Cappoquin distillery where Peter continued the operation, turning 800L of stout into under 100L of spirit.
The spirit is currently maturing in the sherry casks, and it will be bottled at the beginning of April to be on sale in time for West Waterford Festival of Food, where it will be launched. There will be a very limited supply of this initial run of only 100 bottles. This is the first spirit of its kind in Ireland, which begins life as a beer rather than a wash which would be the normal process for making a whiskey. We are really looking forward to tasting the end result, especially to taste it side-by-side with the original oatmeal stout to see which of the flavours from it come through in the spirit.
Details of stockists and availability of the distilled beer will be coming shortly, if you are interested in stocking it please do get in touch.
During the West Waterford Festival of Food weekend there will be opportunities to visit the brewery and distillery for tours and workshops, and you can learn more about the products we make at the Irish Craft in a Glass series over the festival weekend.