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As part of the European Beer Bloggers Conference, we usually do a brewery tour and this year we went to Stewart Brewing. We don't get Stewart beers in Ireland so this was a rare treat. This trip was immediately after the wonderful Pilsner Urquell dinner so we were already fed and watered. So there was only one thing for it. A literal piss up in a brewery.
They recently moved to a shiny new building in the same area and it's a very impressive looking building I have to say.
In fact, the brew kit itself was still the old one but the new kit would arrive in a couple of weeks. It might even be there by now. Once they are settled in, they should start doing official brewery tours again.
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|Beer: It's what we were there for!|
As well as the Stewart beers, we were also treated to beers from the Natural Selection Brewing Co. They brew on the Stewart kit.
If you wonder they are, well from their website:
To show how badly the heat affected the cask beers, Origin, one of the Natural Selection beers was very insipid and not very appetising. It's a saison and to be honest, I don't think it has any business in a cask in the first place. It should be fizzy and effervescent which cask is not likely to provide. When I switched to the bottle version it suddenly opened up and I think everyone much preferred it in the bottle. Even the die hard cask lovers.
What is Natural Selection Brewing?
I should give a quick mention that Origin just won a silver medal at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup as part of the Alltech Brewing and Distilling Convention. I'll be writing about the convention soon enough.
Even though we had eaten, the haggis canapés that Jo prepared were much appreciated.
My sincerest thanks to Steve and Jo Stewart along with the rest of the Stewart Brewing team and of course the Natural Selection team who put on a great brewery party and provided some excellent beer.