The Open Gate Brewery, Dublin

First of all a little disclaimer as I don’t want some people to get all antsy about it… The Boy is a Brewery at Guinness and works for the Pilot Plant which provides the beer for the OBG. But this is my view and only my view.

SOME OF THESE BEERS WILL END UP ON TAP AT YOUR LOCAL PUB OR THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD. OTHERS WILL NEVER LEAVE THESE WALLS.

– GUINNESS WEBSITE

If this statement isn’t motivating enough to get you try some of those exclusive beers…With seven beers on tap, rotating as and when they run out, you rarely get the same beer twice. This can be a great thing – I love to try something new, but every now and again disappointing when they don’t have one on you really liked. Though I have learnt from this and have started to get a growler to take home if I really love it. Another great aspect of the Brewery!

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Located just behind the main Storehouse it can sometimes get looked over but it’s well worth a look in. Book online for only €6. For this you obviously get your entry but also a flight of beers (or pint!) of your choice. You really can’t go wrong. Once you finish those don’t worry you aren’t just limited to the one, they have a fully functioning bar so carry on ordering away. Though sorry if you’re travelling with kids, this is a strictly over 18s venue! It is also now Wednesday-Friday, adding another day just before summer.

I enjoy going in and being surprised by what they have in – see if I can find that beer to fit my mood, normally a post rough day at work or Friday Night Drinks! But if you can’t wait they do try to update their website with what’s on. On a side note, it’s a shame that their Twitter is clearly run by a Marketing Team so the vibe of the place is never really given off. Lots of structure, less fun, and well much more marketing! And they don’t have Instagram! Clearly the thoughts of someone who enjoys their Social Media!

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The bar actually looks onto the brewery, or more realistically is part of the brewery! You can see all of the equipment, barrels and every now and again a late worker! This is great, especially if you’re as noisy as I am. But remember it’s a working brewery, so pretty much just giant stainless steel vessels, but still pretty cool to see.

Obviously I have to write about the beers so I’ve just picked a couple that I loved from my last visit –

Citra IPA – You can actually get this one in a few select pubs and bars in Dublin which is great! Lots of citrus flavours coming through from the hops with a slight pinie note. This is a great summer beer.

Hells Yeah – Unfortunately this is one of those that has left us now! I actually got the last ¾ of a pint! But it deserves a mention… Made with German Malts and Hops gives this German style beer an authentic taste. Slight malty with a little bitter edge to it. It’s well balanced, and very easy to drink!

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So whether you’re visiting with friends or live in the area, pop down to the Open Gate Brewery for a cheeky one…or two…or three

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P. Mac’s, Dublin – beer and games!

P Mac’s is a super cute bar with a great menu. It’s located in the centre of the Creative Quarter of Dublin. So why not pop in after a bit of shopping. Or before because nothing can go wrong with a little drinking before boutique shopping, right?!

It has probably become one of my favourite bars of all time! Bold statement I know but they have a huge range of craft beers and board games. It’s got a cozy warm atmosphere when you walk in with candles on every table and only  a little natural light. It’s open 12.00-00.00 Sunday to Thursday and until 1am Friday and Saturday!

We went for one of the tables by the window to enjoy some of the rare sunshine while we played one of their board games. They have quite a few choices including Monopoly, Scrabble and Guess Who!! We went for Guess Who as I’m a child but also we didn’t want to be there all afternoon playing Monopoly!  While we were there they were currently updating there range of beers making it a little harder to choose as we couldn’t just sit and read the menu.  We both went for a draft beer, I went for BrewDog’s Born to Die 04.11.16 IMG_20161027_112610.jpgand the boy went for a Grunt by Hope Beer. As mine was 8.5% I only went for a half…very sensible of me I think! Which definitely makes a change. The Born to Die was a traditional BrewDog beer: super hoppy with lots of pine and resins notes coming through in the flavour. The Grunt was a saison and so was slight tart and sour but had a nice gooseberry flavour. We also got some of their chips with aioli dip, they were so good! We didn’t get
any of their mains, they looked pretty pricey but when we saw the table next to us get theirs you could make sense of the price – the portions were massive! I think you could almost get away with sharing a main…almost being the main word there, the boy doesn’t share food so we would always have to get our own. Obviously the staff were friendly and helpful. They lovely lady said we could take over a bigger table to play our game at even though we were only two. We didn’t but it was nice of her to suggest it. She also offered to suggest some beers so we didn’t have to go up to the bar but the boy enjoys doing exactly that so we declined her offer but it’s so good to see the staff so well informed.

Great beer, great games and great food, so why are you waiting, go!