August, Cork, Ireland: Today, Franciscan Well and The Craft Collection are delighted to announce that Franciscan Well’s Jameson Stout has won a gold medal at the International Beer Challenge Awards in the Speciality category. Franciscan Well’s IPA also took a bronze medal in the Ales category.
Established for 17 years, the International Beer Challenge awards reward and promote exceptional beers. They are highly sought-after industry honours attracting thousands of entries each year and are judged by leading beer experts.
Franciscan Well’s Jameson Stout is the fruit of a collaboration between Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science at Jameson and Shane Long, Founder of Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork. Dave was keen to explore the effects of Jameson casks from the Midleton distillery on beer. Being a local brewery, Franciscan Well was the perfect choice for this joint project and a natural fit in many ways; both companies hail from Cork, both distil or brew using Cork water and both are craft brands passionate about marrying tradition with innovation.
Franciscan Well Jameson Stout was developed by Shane using Jameson Whiskey casks handpicked by Dave. The result is a smooth, rich stout with unique flavour properties that speak of the passion and expertise with which it was brewed.
Franciscan Well’s IPA was brewed as a result of customer demand for real IPA – a hoppier version of pale ale which originated in Britain in the 19thcentury. Franciscan Well’s crisp, balanced IPA is dry-hopped with Citra and has an unusually high speciality malt base which complements the additional hop content.
Shane Long, Founder of the Franciscan Well Brewery said: “We are delighted to have won the acclaim of the International Beer Challenge. Brewing is my true passion and to win two of these highly respected awards acknowledges the hard work and the process of trial and error that goes into turning raw materials into great beers. This gives us great encouragement to continue to test our creativity as brewers and work on further exciting collaborations in future.”
The Franciscan Well Stout aged in Jameson casks and IPA are limited edition products.
For the beer-lover, Cork City has everything to offer with countless pubs, multiple breweries, and numerous off-license premises (also known as an ‘Offy’). We hope to give you a glimpse into our favorites and hear from you with some of yours.
If you want to pull your own pint of Guinness, grab a table at SoHo on Grand Parade in City Centre. We went there for St. Patrick’s Day 2009 and everyone had the chance to pour his or her own draught pint of the black stuff. Same price as if you get it from the bar, but without the wait – and it makes you feel like you accomplished something. They offer hands-on training for those who’ve never pulled a pint before and boast being the second bar to offer this unique experience to customers (you can also do it at Guinness’s HQ in Dublin).
The Franciscan Well earned its title, ‘Best Microbrewery in Ireland 2008’, with its great pints and good craic. No visit to Cork City is complete for a beer aficionado without a visit to this spot on the north side of the city centre along the River Lee. On Friday nights and other evenings and occasions they have the barbecue going and food is offered affordably, around €3.50 for a burger. They host many festivals and celebrations, including their Easter Craftbrewing and Autumn beer festivals.
About three blocks east of The Franciscan Well Brewery is The Bierhaus. Just the right size as to feel intimate without being cramped, Bierhaus offers a choice of over 70 beers from around the world. They know what they’re talking about and care about what they’re serving, fostering an environment conducive to a local pub that just happens to offer an astounding selection. This place reminds me of Monk’s in Philadelphia, minus the food menu.
Looking for some quiet time or an evening in with a few cold ones, check out Abbot’s Ale House. An off-license with a little pub upstairs, Abbot’s has a wide selection of beers, ciders, and wines both at room temperature and chilled. The staff here are knowledgeable, helpful, and passionate about the drink. I’ve heard they also coordinate with Franciscan Well to provide bottled drinks for their festivals.
While in Cork, you can’t resist drinking the local brews – Murphy’s and Beamish. In addition to The Franciscan Well, the city has Heineken Ireland which brews Heineken, Amstel, Coor’s Light, and local favorite Murphy’s Irish Stout and Beamish & Crawford brewing Beamish Stout and Beamish Red. Though Bulmer’s Cider is brewed in Clonmel (Co. Tipperary), it is a favorite Irish beverage and refreshing for summertime.
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!
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.