If you like beer as much as we do we hope you will Join us for our Breweries, Pubs & Castles tour of Ireland Sept. 2014.
We will sip our way across the country, sampling smooth stouts, crisp ales and bold lagers all made by small independent brewers.
From Dublin to Dingle and Galway to Kilkenny we will visit micro breweries while also visiting many of the spectacular sights of Ireland.
First stop is The Carlow Brewing Company, opened in 1996 by Seamus & Eamon O'Hara, is the home to "O'Hara's Stouts and Ales"
Next is the Dungarvan Brewery in Co. Waterford with it's variety of Stouts, Pale, Blonde, & Red Ales and the new Comeragh Challenger.
How about a few pub crawls in between with our guide Dave Yeates, of Dave Yeates Ireland Tours. Dave will show you the pubs around Kilkenny while we sample more pints and enjoy some traditional music.
In route to our next brewery we will visit one of Ireland's most spectacular medieval monuments, The Rock of Cashel.
Our next sampling will be at The Eight Degrees Brewing company in Co. Cork. the home to Ales, Porters & Pilsners. Their mission is to make modern interpretations for traditional Irish ale and lager styles providing distinctive malt and hop characteristics.
We will then overnight in Irelands Gourmet Capital. Here you will have the opportunity to explore one of our favorite places in Ireland, the quaint little town of Kinsale filled with pubs and fantastic restaurants.
How about a visit to a brewery built on the site of an old Franciscan Monastery and Well dating back to 1219? The legend has it that the water from the well has miraculous and curative properties. The Brewery has combined modern technology with old age tradition in forming classic beer styles including lager, ale, stout and wheat beer. All the beers brewed at the Franciscan Well are natural, and do not contain any chemical additives or preservatives and are made with the best ingredients.
No tour to Ireland would be complete without a visit to Blarney Castle where you can climb the steps of the castle to kiss the magical stone.
Ahhh the Dingle Peninsula, also one of our favorite spots on the Island. We will make a visit to the Dingle Brewing Company, home to Tom Crean's Lager. They named their lager after the great Tom Creanm a local man who as a member of the British
Navy, and went on to take part in 3 of the 4 Antartcic Expeditions. It was during the Terra Nova Expedition that he undertook a superhuman 18hr 35 mile solo trek to save the life of his 2 companions. Tom was a modest man and when he retired from the navy he came home to Annascaul and ran the ‘South Pole Inn’. He truly is a man worth commemorating so here’s to Tom!
More in Dingle, we will visit Tig Bhric Brew Pub. Tig Bhric is a gem of a pub on the Dingle Peninsula. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Tig Bhric is that they not only produce their own beer upstairs in their micro brewery, but that they serve it from the Cask the way beer was served long before kegging and co2 carbonation were invented. Almost a lost art in Ireland.
No tour to Ireland would be complete without stopping to view the breathtaking Ciffs of Moher in Co. Clare on our way to Galway City.
In Galway you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best talent Ireland has to offer "Trad on the Prom". This is an amazing group of incredibly talented musicians, singers and step dancers. It's electric!!
The scenic drive of Connemara and a visit to Kylemore Abbey are a must while in Galway and we will make a stop at the Celtic Crystal factory to see how this beautiful colored crystal is made.
We return to Dublin to visit the most famous of all....Guinness. After the tour of the storehouse and your pint in the Gravity Bar it's time to check out the Dublin Pubs where you will be sure to get a good meal and some great music.