As we are only new to the game it has been a bit of steep learning curve in the past few weeks on how these gigs work. Each event is different and you have to do a certain amount of thinking on your feet to get you up and running and ready for anything. Sometimes it’s the simple stuff that trips you up. Note to self for next time—remember a beer bottle opener!
First up was the ‘Sheridans Cheesemongers Irish Food Festival’ in Virginia Co. Cavan, set in the sylvian setting of an old railway station it’s the perfect day out for the foodie family. Part of the Boyne Valley Food Series it’s a great showcase for a myriad of amazing Irish food and drink artisan producers. The sun shone all day, blue skies and not a drop of rain to be seen—perfect festival weather.
Handsome Paddy was there for the day with Sally-Anne to charm the punters and what a great crowd they were. Great fun was had and lots of great feedback on the range. The fact that we were next door to the Tullyard Farm stall cooking their fabulous wares all day in the Boyne Valley Food Series Tent ensured we didn’t go hungry and had a sausage and rasher or two tucked under our arms on the way home.
On to Bloom in the Phoenix Park and for once we were actually worried that it was going to be too hot as the forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend was a scorcher and we had no chilled storage on site. Paddy, our hero, didn’t even blink an eyelid as he sorted out a triple chiller and python to ensure our beers would pour perfectly for the weekend—and what a scorcher it was.
All set up and ready to go—the calm before the storm… From the minute we opened the doors on Thursday morning until 5pm on Monday when we ran out of beer we were flat out. The banter was great, the beers poured beautifully, the sun shone, what more can you ask for.
All done and dusted—five days of glorious sunshine – five of the Boyne Brewhouse team on rotation—three award winning Irish craft beers making their festival debut and our biggest event yet.
So many people tasted our beer and the feedback was awesome. We even made the cut for the Bloom highlights video—watch out for Sally Anne pouring the perfect pint at about second 45 in the clip below.
Next up—our Midsummers Candlelit Solstice Supper in the Brewery on June 21 as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series—its all SOLD OUT and should be an epic affair of fabulous food from the amazing Eastern Seaboard, fire, beer and spirit.
It’s gonna be a busy summer—Irish Craft Beer on Tour instalment 2 on its way…