My first (and as yet only) trip to The Salthouse was a few weeks back for the second Beoir AGM. We had the whole bar to ourselves for over an hour while we held our meeting. Our generous hosts provided their bay brewery beers to us for free. What lovely fellows.
I did of course have to buy some beer while I was there. Free beer is all well and good but there were beers I had not yet managed to try. Alternator by the Metalman brewery was on tap so I just had to give it a go. The beer is packed full of carbonation as you might expect from a German & Belgian hybrid wheat beer. The aroma was straw, a little sourness and some bubblegum. In the mouth, the carbonation is very lively. It was fairly wheaty with that nice sourness you might expect from a Berlin styled wheat beer; and a Belgian like spiciness with coriander and pepper. I thought the body was a little on the thin side, which in this case was probably a good thing. I also thought that there was a hell of a lot of flavour, not complex or especially interesting, just plenty of it. The slightest hint of acetone was the only real flaw. A brilliant summer beer I reckon and I'm glad I got it before it was all gone for the season as it's an Autumn special.
The Salthouse itself is tiny, the bar consists of one room; similar in size to the Bierhaus in Cork. It is more American style beer bar than Irish pub, not a bad thing. As the day wore on, more and more locals came in and since I had to get the bus home, I could only stay till about 6ish so I reckon the place gets pretty packed at night. VelkyAl from Fuggled loved Galway the last time he was over and I know this is the sort of place the two of us would happily spend an entire Saturday from opening till closing time.
The Salthouse is owned by the same people who bring us The Oslo in Salthill (Galway) and Against the grain in Dublin. The layout and vibe is similar. No TV, and music is played at a low enough level so you can talk without issue. There are some great beers on tap and plenty more in bottle as well as a cask beer engine, possibly the only one in Galway?
If you find yourself in Galway and enjoy good beer, then it's somewhere you must get to. In fact it's working making a special trip to Galway to enjoy the fine beer in a friendly environment.