Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Meeting John Duffy

Yesterday: Bull & Castle, and the Guinness Storehouse

John Duffy is the Editorial Officer for the Irish Craft Brewer website, and he has also contributed lots of information to Beer Me! over the years. He took Paris and me on a Dublin pubcrawl today.

We were supposed to meet John at the Bull & Castle at 2:00pm, but we got there early and found them closed, so we went around the corner to Legends Bar to kill some time.

Passed by Dublin Castle along the way

Legends Bar, 16-18 Lord Edward Street, Dublin

Legends has tables where you can pour your own beer

Legends is a very nice bar, although the beer selection is pretty standard.


Smithwick's Irish Red

We did find John at the Bull & Castle at 2:00.

Bull & Castle Pub, 5/7 Lord Edward Street, Dublin

John pointed out some of the better Irish beers that we didn't try yesterday.

Whitewater Clotworthy Dobbin

Hilden Cathedral Quarter Beer

Hilden Headless Dog

Pifko is a Czecho-Slovak bar on Ushers Quay. Along with central European beers, they serve a house Irish Red Ale.

John Duffy and Paris outside Pifko Bar, 41-43 Ushers Quay, Dublin

Barrelhead Pifko Beer

A short walk back toward Temple Bar led us to the Czech Inn. Along with a range of draft Czech beers that we can't get at home, they feature a very nice Pils called "Murray". I can't find any information on this beer, and John doesn't know where it's brewed.

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin

"Murray" Beer

Šariš 11% Tmavý

Heineken Slovensko Zlatý Bažant

We meant to go to Tram Co next, and we found a cab to take us there, but it was closed. (At 7:00pm. On a Monday night. On a bank holiday.) So we walked a few blocks south on Lower Rathmines Road to Slatterys for some bottled Guinness, and John's wife Dara joined us there. John tried to teach me to order the bottles "off the shelf", but I forgot and so mine were ice-cold.

Guinness Extra Stout

Our party went our separate ways, and Paris and I walked over to the Luas for the ride back to the hotel. We finished the night with the bottles of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout that we bought at the Storehouse yesterday.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Tomorrow: Messrs Maguire

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