Time to grab some beer and head out for a couple of events with Eight Degrees Brewing.
First up, I’m taking part in a Slow Food East Cork event at Ballymaloe Cookery School tomorrow night with Cam, aka the Eight Degrees Brewing Aussie. He’ll be talking about Irish craft beer, microbrewing and setting up a small food business in the middle of a recession while I’ll be concentrating on encouraging everyone to savour, match and cook with Irish craft beer. There will be tastings! And we may even have some Chocolate and Knockmealdown Porter Brownies, if they don’t all get eaten before I can leave the cottage.
We kick off at 7pm in Ballymaloe Cookery School on Tuesday 19 February and admission is €6 for Slow Food Members and €8 for non Slow Food Members. All proceeds go to the East Cork Slow Food Educational Project. You can let us know that you’re coming – so we can make sure we have enough brownies to go round! – by phone (021 4646785) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). www.slowfoodireland.com
On 21 March, the inimitable Damien Mulley is putting together an event that will take place in Triskel Christchurch in Cork – a spot I used to frequent back when it was the Cork Archives Instutite. Stories.ie will have people from a variety of businesses and organisations sharing their personal stories, talking about how they started and what they’ve learned. So far, the line up includes Will McInnes (Culture Shock), Richard Seabrooke (Offset), Daragh Murphy (Hairy Baby), Pat Phelan (TrustEv) and Jo Mangan (Performance Corporation). Also on the bill is yours truly, talking about Irish craft beer and Eight Degrees Brewing – I’ll be hoping to bring along a few samples, just to make sure everyone concentrates (or not!) on what I’m saying.
The event takes place on Thursday 21 March from 10am and will run until 4.30pm. Lunch is included in the ticket price (Damien thinks circa €65-€70) and you can pre-register for tickets and see more updates here.