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I won myself a pair of tickets to the Lughnasa Bottled Beer Festival on Friday at the Pod Complex, on Dublin’s Harcourt Street – many thanks again to Joerg at the Dublin Event Guide for running the competition.  The festival was run by Deveney’s of Dundrum, (follow @RuthDeveney on Twitter!), and while I’m not a big drinker, I do like a decent bottled beer so this event was right up my alley :).

So on our arrival, we were given five ‘beer punts’ apiece (each being worth one 140ml sample of beer), a tasting glass and a map.  Additional beer punts were available to buy at the beer bank outside for 1.50 each.  After a quick mosy around to get our bearings, I opted to kick off the sampling with some Helvick Gold Blonde Ale, a bottle conditioned vegan friendly beer from Dungarvan Brewing Co.  I like the idea of the bottle conditioning process – as their website explains, ‘conditioning in the bottle means we have a naturally carbonated, unfiltered and unpasteurised beer that doesn’t need any further enhancers or additives to stabilise or improve them’, so thumbs up from me on that count. It was a lovely light ale with a definite hoppy taste which went down very easy and put me in the mood for more 😛   Joe, my partner in beer for the day chose Affligem, a Flemish beer brewed from the same recipe since 1935, at the Affligem Abbey Brewery. I had a little taste and found it really smooth and slightly sweet – nice 🙂

My next choice was orange and coriander infused Blue Moon  from the Colorado Blue Moon Brewing Company .  I loved this, just the right amount of orange without losing the beer taste or being too sweet, my favourite of the day I think.  Extra brownie points to the girls at the Blue Moon stand for being so nice and smiley and helpful,  and their guy outside with the paint by numbers, which we were all encouraged to take part in – cool idea 🙂 (Check out their website btw and see the Blue Moon Art Project).  Joe opted for O’ Hara’s Irish Pale Ale from the Carlow Brewing Company , which he thought was quite bitter and crisp with a real kick.

Next, we both sampled Crabbie’s Ginger Beer which was situated outside in the yard/beer garden part – this stuff is addictive,  quite sweet and very gingery, served with ice and lemon… I’ll definitely be getting this again, perfect sunny weather drink and perfect for the setting outside yesterday –  gorgeous evening sun, lots of smiling faces and live music by Dublin bluegrass band Prison Love (these guys are brilliant, I kept expecting them to launch into Man Of Constant Sorrow 😛 – I’d go see them again for sure).

We stuck around outside in the sun for our next samples, which we chose purely because we liked the names of them hehe – I went for Trashy Blonde from BrewDog Brewery, which was light but strong with quite a kick – the blurb on the website says, ‘a titillating, neurotic, peroxide, punk of a pale ale. Combining attitude, style substance and a little bit of low self esteem for good measure; what would your mother say?’ – can’t argue with that I guess!  Joe went for  the somewhat more manly Speakeasy Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy brewers which he informed me would put hairs on your chest.  Last sample of the day for me was Floris strawberry beer from the Huyghe family brewers in Belgium, very sweet and very strawberry flavoured, another great one for a BBQ or a picnic in the sun.  His nibs tried some Svyturys Raw from the Lithuanian Svyturys Brewery (a nice proper grown up beer I thought, despite being a total lightweight, I could probably down a few of these quite easily).

By this time we were both getting a little tired and a little tipsy, and the place had really filled up, so we decided to make tracks… I must say I had a great time – it was very well run and the atmosphere was great, everyone manning the stands was really friendly and helpful and the samples were fairly generous.  It’s a shame it only went on for the one evening as I would have recommended it to some friends had it been a weekend long event… but hey, there’s always next year 🙂

(Pics by my beer buddy Joe :P)

An exhibition of work by illustrator Si Scott will open on Thursday 3rd September 6pm at Electrik Sheep gallery.  If you can’t make it to the exhibition, never fear – Si’s work will also be on the Electrik Sheep website

si scott leash called love

si scott seven swans a swimming

si scott love will tear us apart

si scott stag

si scott true love waits

si scott true_love_will_find_you_in_the_end

si scott venus_in_furs 

Thanks to Laura for sending me the following press release:-

‘Regal stags and elegant swans sound a million miles away from the modern concept of contemporary art and sound more at home in the form of an oil painting in the National Gallery not a gallery named after the classic si-fi book “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep”. A gallery more know for showing and selling works buy the big players in Street art such as Faile, Eine, D*Face and Eelus.  

But from 3rd – 30th of September Si Scott’s instantly recognisable and stunning illustration style will grace the walls of the Electrik Sheep gallery and be anything but traditional.  

His swirling menagerie of obsessively hand-drawn pen and ink illustrated creatures, punctuated by typography, will inhabit limited edition prints spanning his new venture into the world of art. Plus a number of new pieces exclusive to the show at Electrik Sheep. 

Si Scott is a graphic designer and illustrator who is the driving force behind the UK-based Si Scott Studio. Influenced by both the traditional an the modern some of his clients have included BBC TV, Burton, GQ, Hugo Boss, MTV, Unicef and Volvo, and he is also a regular contributor to clothing label Electronic Poet.  

All pieces will also be released online at the same time for those of you unable to make the trip. 

The show will open on August 6th at 6pm with one of Electrik Sheep’s infamous street parties and the kind chaps at Bar Tokyo, on their fabulous roof terrace, will host the after party. A moment’s hop, skip and jump from the gallery. 

All are welcome.. see you there!’

Electrik Sheep, 22 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon tyne, NE1 5DW 
 
 For more information on the show contact Laura Dover: laura@electriksheep.co.uk 0044 (0)191 261 4444

This months Crafty Market is taking place on August 2nd at Dublin Food Co-op building, on Newmarket Sq., five minutes walk from St. Patricks’ Cathedral.  There will be 45 stalls selling handicrafts and a raffle with the proceeds going to The Scoop Foundation, an Irish run charity.  See full details here on the website.

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This months’ flea will take place on Sunday May 31st at Newmarket, Dublin 8.  Be there or be square 😛

Find out more here or email dublinflea@gmail.com

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(As always, the specially designed Dublin Flea posters are available to buy for the low low price of a fiver :))


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