Going from strength to strength
Over the last few years, the craft beer industry in Ireland has gone from strength to strength, with approximately 14 microbreweries operating in Ireland today. Beer connoisseurs from across the country seek out brew pubs in favour of the mainstream bars. The process of brewing is age-old and greatly appreciated by fans as each brew is lovingly created through a hands-on, complex brewing process. The result is that no two brews are the same while the beer is in development and the unveiling of a new craft brew is cause for celebration among the craft beer community.
Galway Bay Brewery will be expanding to include brewery tours, talks on the craft of brewing with the Brewer himself and plans to serve their finest products in select city restaurants from November. Eventually, leading to distribution across Ireland and overseas. This is the latest business venture from Jason OConnell and Niall Walsh, the Galway natives responsible for Oslo and The Salthouse.
We brew our own: Full Sail, Bay Ale, Stormy Port and Buried at Sea. Keep an eye on our rotational tap for limited edition brews too! We also have a huge range of imported and local bottled beers.
In which I compare @FoundersBrewing's KBS and @GalwayBeer's 200 Fathoms. Well hello ladies and gents! Look at that, it's Wednesday already! Which means one of my posts about rare and hard to get beers. And this week I've got a twofer! I'm putting two, very limited but wonderful beers head-to-head to see which I prefer. Last week as you may remember I got hold of some KBS by Founders Brewing Co. - a legendary Imperial Stout matured in Bourbon barrels for a year. Absolutely wonderful stuff. Against KBS, I'm comparing the amazing 200 Fathoms by Galway Bay Brewery; again an Imperial Stout, this one aged in Whiskey barrels (from Teeling Whiskey Distillery in this case). And both are the 2016 release. So lets jump in! First of all KBS has the advantage of reputation; it's consistently voted (and deservedly so) as one of the best beers in the world. Two things to note here though, are that Founders have the advantage of age. KBS has been brewed and released each year since since 2003, whereas 200 Fathoms is only a whippersnapping 3 years old. Both these Imperial Stouts are high ABV, 200 Fathoms weighs in at 10% while KBS is a whopping 12.4, however while you definitely notice the higher alcohol content in both, neither smacks you around the head with it and it sits very nicely in the flavour profile. KBS has a slightly thinner mouthfeel, I prefer my Imperial Stouts to have a certain syrupiness which 200 Fathoms has the edge with. Taste-wise they both have that richness associated with Imperial Stouts, with lovely coffee and chocolate notes coming through with a nice touch of dark fruits and wood from the barrels. It should be noted that Imperial Stouts should not be kept in the fridge! Let them warm and the flavours will repay you in spades. 200 Fathoms is a little more forward with the Whiskey notes than KBS with the Bourbon and for me this works - if the beer is matured in a barrel that held something else, then that taste of the previous occupant is what I'm looking for. So what's my personal opinion? Well, I have to say that if I had to choose, I'll take the 200 Fathoms please! When it was released this year, I witnessed something akin to a festival atmosphere as those who knew about it sang songs and wrote poetry, while those who didn't know just looked confused. I gotta say, I could see 200 Fathoms taking KBS's crown in a year or two. Roll on the next batch!
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