2012: a year of Irish craft beer

Theatre of Food - Liss Ard Festival - Beer and Brownies

John McKenna - baking assistant extraordinaire

2012 was the year of beer. And that year involved a hell of a lot of talking and tasting and discovering and cooking with Irish craft beer.

There were beer tasting events and beer pairing dinners from Donegal to Kilkenny, at Inishfood, Savour Kilkenny and with The Supper Club Project. There were childhood food memories and Porter Cake on a big blue bus at the Dingle Food Festival. And there was the Theatre of Food which let me take my Irish craft beer baking, matching and tasting demo on the road for the Liss Ard Festival, Dublin Tall Ships and the Electric Picnic.

In fact, the whole idea of free beer at EP – I was there with Eight Degrees Brewing along with Claire from the Dungarvan Brewing Company – plus the chocolatly aroma of baking brownies wafting from the Theatre of Food tent almost caused a stampede at the end of our presentation. The still-warm beer brownies, washed down with some Knockmealdown Porter, were put out on plates and hoovered up by an audience that suddenly seemed to increase three-fold.

No waste. Lots of fun. And some very good beer.

Theatre of Food - Electric Picnic - 2012 - pic Cam Wallace

All set up for EP Theatre of Food


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Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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2 Responses

  1. Kristin says:

    Here’s to more of the same in 2013!

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