Next I was over the the Galway Hooker stand for two of their non pale ale beers. Both are currently brewed for Tigh Neachtain in Galway. Though they should be making an appearance in other pubs at some point. Nectar is the one that is new to me and to be honest I thought it was one of the best beers at the festival and certainly up there with the best beer I have ever had. Why that is I can't truly say though. At 4.5% it straddles the border of session beer and the strong flavour probably makes it less of a session beer than something like Comeragh challenger. It's a very caramel malt driven beer with a similar creaminess to Spelt saison. The surprising thing is the hop level, there are lots of hops in this beer, something needed to balance that strong caramel malt backbone. It left me gagging for more.
I moved to lovely young ladies from the UCC brewery who brew commercially soley for beer festivals. Usually the beer is bottom fermented and called Hansel and Grettel. This year they picked a darker pair and called it Max and Moritz. Max is the wheat beer and it's a very tasty and bog standard German style hefeweizen, full of clove and banana. Moritz is the *
- I would have to give 8 Degrees a well deserved first runner up for Barefoot bohemian pilsner.
- Second runner up to Metalman for their lovely Pacifica Chameleon. I hope to try the rest!
- And I think for me, the number one beer of the festival was Galway Hooker with Nectar.