The Irish Times Magazine - - DRINK - @ ITbeerista beerista@irish­ SOR­CHA HAMIL­TON

Mad­hat­ter, Bob­ble­head and Born in Bray sum­mer ale are among the beers on of­fer at next week­end’s Brewha fes­ti­val. This two- day cel­e­bra­tion of Wick­low mi­cro­brew­eries takes place at the lovely Har­bour Bar in Bray – and is nicely timed for Father’s Day on the Sun­day.

It’s all part of the Har­bour Bar’s grow­ing en­gage­ment with lo­cal brew­eries, with craft of­fer­ings on draught greatly ex­pand­ing over the last while, and a ta­plist of ro­ta­tional beers soon to be live on their new web­site.

Wick­low’s new­est mi­cro­brew­ery called Larkins, which is based in Kil­coole, will be pour­ing at the fes­ti­val. Join­ing them will be O Brother Brew­ery with their new Mad­hat­ter Amar­illo and Mo­saic “hop bomb” and a 9 per cent im­pe­rial stout.

The Wick­low Brew­ery, from Red­cross, will be bring­ing a Brewha ex­clu­sive – a new co­conut and choco­late stout. The Porter­house will have their new Bob­ble­head ale made with fresh root gin­ger.

Third Cir­cle will be pour­ing their sum­mer Straw­berry and Black Pep­per Grisette ( which is a light Bel­gian ale) and Our Daily Brett, a hoppy ta­ble beer.

Wick­low Wolf will be show­cas­ing a new ve­gan- friendly Smoked Ba­con Ranchero Rauch­bier and their Misty Moun­tain Hop IPA, which uses the Zoso hop from Colorado, as part of their Rare Breeds keg- only spe­cials.

The Har­bour Bar will be mak­ing up their fa­mous toasties – with a beer twist – over the week­end ( they hold a toastie fes­ti­val ev­ery Novem­ber) and you can get prawn tacos and fancy fish na­chos from the Fish Bar. Dogs are also wel­come.

The Gar­den County home­brew­ers will be tak­ing part in live demos over the week­end if you’re cu­ri­ous to learn more about mak­ing beer at home. And there’s beer gift packs on sale to take home for your dad – if you didn’t get to bring him along. Har­bour Brewha, Har­bour Bar, Bray June 16- 17th, 12- 8pm, the­har­bour­bar. ie

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