The Franciscan Well in Cork City is hosting its Spring beer festival this weekend. It is specific to craftbrewing – so only small Irish breweries are represented. It is free entry and a grill offers food for €3.50 per item (hamburger, chicken burger, veggie burger, hot dog,…). We went to their Autumn festival as well and are spoiled by living minutes from Franciscan Well, Bierhaus, and Abbott’s Ale House, so I was tickled to read Chris’s post in The Beer Geek.
Festival favorite, you ask? The chocolate stouts, particularly the truffle one from The Porterhouse Brewing Co., are amazingly chocolaty for a beer. Yummy!
Craftbrewing, or microbrewing as it is sometimes known, is the art of creating beers in smaller quantities with more deliberate care to each batch. It is like the difference between getting a cake from a big chain market or a little bakery (or grandmother).
Saturday evening, we went to the Franciscan Well Autumn Beer Festival and last night we went to one of the performances as part of the Guinness Jazz Festival. Don Baker was performing at The Bailey. Excellent music and truly enjoyable weekend. We also turned back our clocks last night and are enjoying a bank holiday today!
We met friends at the Franciscan Well Beer Festival and enjoyed an international array of beers in one place. Several bars, offering many types of beers gave options for the evening. So many beers, only one liver. My favorite was a Belgium cherry beer. Mmm. These are the beers we enjoyed yesterday both before and during the beer festival: Paulaner Hefe-Weibhier, Hoegaaarden Witbier-bière blanche, Brussels Kriek, Lech, Tyscie.