Craft beers & cocktails @ ely – Part 2

With the summer drawing to a close, we thought that we would recommend one beer for the rain and one for the sun. On reflection though, we know that sometimes, we only choose to drink because of what the weather was like outside. We believe that the weather should never influence your decision to drink beer, however, it does have a profound effect on beer consumption!!!
We also think a timeless classic like the Whiskey Sour is a great option. Did you know that this is one of the first cocktails ever documented? One of these should be ordered before you start on the beers and, if possible, when you’ve finished!

So if you’re finishing work and looking for something to quench your thirst or just chilling at home relaxing, then look no further than these…Enjoy!

ChimayChimay Blue – 9% abv €7

The Chimay Blue Cap, “baptized’ is a dark Trappist beer with a powerful aroma, the complex flavour of which improves across the years. It was first brewed as a Christmas beer. This beer is the the best of the chimay range, IMO.
It is 9% in ABV, but to taste it you wouldn’t think it. It’s smooth, well balanced and really tasty. The beers they produce in this style are smooth and sweet and not like the punchy pilsner style that they produce in Germany that are generally brewed for refreshment. Tryu one of these with a cheese board with honey. Delish!

Food Pairing: strong cheese and smoked, salty meats.



GrozetGrozet – 5% abv €6.5

Grozet was immortalized by such Scots literati as Sir Walter Scott, Jas Hogg. (The Ettrick shepherd) and Robert Burns who considered it a most convivial drink.
Brewed with lager malt, wheat, bog myrtle, hops and meadowsweet then secondary fermented with ripe Scottish gooseberries.
A pale golden beer, with a refreshing fruit aroma, clean palate, fruity wheat flavour and crisp finish. A good beer to try if you drink Carsberg, it has the refreshment with a little more malt and a crisp finish with more interesting hop flavour. Recommended with, light foods, pastas and salads.
Drink well chilled in a tall glass.

Food Pairings: chorizo & saffron anancini, garlic Mussels




IMG_8959Whiskey sour

August 25 is actually Whiskey Sour Day but in my book, every Friday should be Whiskey Sour Day!!!
A very simple recipe of whiskey, lemon juice and sugar (and further more egg white and angoustura bitters), the whiskey sour is probably the best cocktail out there.
Everyone who dabbles in a couple of cocktails from time to time, will have definitely come across this gem. It’s power is relentless, and it’s pleasure is unfounded!
I’ve had many around the world with all sorts of varying types of Whiskeys, sugars and recipes and I still feel that Derek Brown’s, a former ely collegue has shon me the best.

Come down and critic for yourselves.

Barry Rowan

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