That’s right, we’re back. What a trip it was. An absolutely fantastic fun vacation. There was good food, vibrant convivial people, great scenery, and of course sheep. And yes there was beer. Lots of beer. Some say the pub culture is dying – and while we saw signs of that – we also had a great time in many pubs all with their own charm. We shared pints and glasses (yup every single pub has a smaller size called a glass or a half pint that can be ordered) with many people and pretty much every time, got this warm happy feeling that this is the way of the land. Drinking, talking, laughing and learning from others.
That said – the beer selection was pretty bad. I think the number of micro breweries and brew pubs in all of Ireland is around 11 or so. Just to give you an idea how low that is – the number in San Francisco alone hovers around 11. So in every bar you see Guinness (wonderful – creamy – well poured beer that it is), Beamish, Bulmers Cider, Heineken, sometimes Murphy’s, sometimes Carlsberg, and then a string of crappy light lagers from America. So yeah it was a bit tough to see people sucking down Coors lights in a beautiful Victorian pub in Dublin – but we got by and even had some great microbrews on the way. Don’t get me wrong at all – I really did have an amazing time – but it is interesting that the Irish people really have been drinking mostly the same beer for so many years.
In the coming weeks we will post more specifics about our trip. There was our time at Guinness’ Gravity bar which was amazing. And then there are the pubs. There was a Jameson whiskey tasting and tour. Also our trip to the Porterhouse brewing company – an exciting place with good beer and an attitude akin to a angry teenage girl. Did I mention we won’t forget the pubs?