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A Day In Dublin Touring Guiness Beer Brewery + Peachy Keen Recipes!

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Recently my husband Lou and I found ourselves with an unexpected day in Dublin, Ireland, as we waited for our airplane to depart to our next destination.  Not ones to ever waste a minute of travel exploration we decided to while away some of the time at the Guinness Brewery/Storehouse. The St. James Gate Brewery was founded in 1759 in Dublin, Ireland, by Arthur Guinness.

Here’s a link to the Guinness Storehouse Tour:


30 Million Bubbles In Every Pint! 

No wonder Bubblybee liked this tour so much!

We poured ourselves a pint in the tasting room.

“There is beer and there is Guinness.”

The Guiness Brewery Observation Deck was amazing.

One view from the observation deck was St Patrick’s Tower located in Dublin City. It was built in 1757 and was the largest smock windmill in Europe used to power the Roe Whiskey Distillery. By 1926 Roe & Co Distillers had ceased production of whiskey, and in 1949 Guinness took over the site.

Guiness has fabulous advertising through the years.  One iconic television ad is the “Fish with the bicycle” advertisement from 1996.  Through much of the 1900’s doctors thought Guinness had medicinal properties. Mothers were given Guinness after giving birth due to the high iron content in the beer up through the 1950s.

Fish Needs A Bicycle Advertisement

TV ad ‘Bicycle’ was produced in 1996 as part of the “Not Everything in Black and White Makes Sense Campaign” by Ogilvy and Mather. The idea was to challenge the received wisdom of famous quotes. The commercial opens with a group of women drinking in a bar. Flashbacks show these women doing jobs traditionally associated with men – such as drilling roads and driving lorries. The quote from Australian writer, social activist and filmmaker Patricia Irene Dunn – “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” – appears followed by a shot of an empty maternity ward, and a fish riding a bike along the pier. The ads in this series reaffirmed GUINNESS as a surprising, challenging drink supported by cutting-edge advertising. 

We enjoyed touring the Temple Bar area of Dublin after we finished the Guinness tour.

Some of the names of the beer were a little cheeky!

Corned Beef Sandwich with Homemade Potato Chowder and Crispy Chips at J. Sheehan’s Pub. Loved all of the potatoes served in so many delicious ways in Dublin!

I loved how the townhouse doors in the city were painted brilliant colors with fanciful knockers. There were stores that specialized in selling door knockers.


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Get Your Taste Buds Ready For Tailgating + Craft Beer Tasting

Salty, Smokey, Crunchy, Spicy, and Bacon!  Those are the flavors that add up to a tasty tailgate:

Make your own snack mix. Serve in small “Chinese Food Take-Out Containers” from your local party supply store.  Mix Pistachios and Dried Cranberries or Mixed Nuts, Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Wasabi Peas and  M&M’s.

Create a candy mix featuring your favorite teams colors ~ blue and orange M&M’s for University of Virginia Wahoos (Cavaliers) or boston baked beans candy (maroon) and  orange jelly beans for Virginia Tech Hokies. (These candies are available in bulk on-line.)

Homemade Cracker Jack in clear plastic bags tied with ribbon in your favorite team colors.

Don’t forget the Nachos, Wings, Ribs, Sliders, Grilled Bratwurst with Spicy Mustard, 

“Throwback Snacks” ~ some traditional tailgate favorites:

Charles Potato Chips With Lipton Onion Soup Sour Cream Dip

Olive Poppers (delicious served hot or cold) – olives wrapped in flaky cheddar cheese pastry.  Here’s a link to the recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/sesame-cheddar-olive-poppers-109957

Deviled Eggs…Traditional, Spicy Jalapeno or Bacon Balsamic ~ here’s the link to my favorite recipe for Bacon Balsamic Deviled Eggs: https://bubblybee.net/2016/03/24/bacon-and-balsamic-deviled-eggs

Beer Candied Bacon…here’s a link to the recipe:  http://tideandthyme.com/beer-candied-bacon/

Small bottles of Coca Cola on ice (along with other libations of course!)

green chili

Chef Roger Light prepares this fabulous tailgating treat at the Shenandoah Club in Roanoke, Virginia… Chili and  Cornbread Mason Jars ~ I made these treats with Chicken Chili Verde…cornbread layered with chicken chili verde, sour cream, finely shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onion.  Pre-made cornbread from the grocery can be rather sweet so I prefer to make my own cornbread for this tailgating treat. Serve each guest a chilled mason jar of layered chili.

My favorite Green Chili mix ~ Cookwell and Company Green Chile Stew ~ just add cannellini beans and ground chicken.

Enough with the food…let’s talk BEER!

Football and beer always compliment each other, so this being football season we decided to pop by a couple of new Craft Beer Tasting Rooms in Roanoke, Virginia.

starr hill

The first tasting room I visited was Starr Hill Pilot Brewery at the Bridges adjacent to Dr. Pepper Park. The Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room is in Crozet, Virginia.  This pilot brewery in Roanoke will allow the  brewery to experiment with unique, small-batch beers for research, development, and limited releases. The stage located in this facility will highlight local bands and musical talent.


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starr hill bar

starrhill taps

starrhill sign

Kale or Ale?!!!

starr hill flight

starr hill beers

We enjoyed a craft beer flight ~ 5 (5 oz. pours) for $10. Visit http://starrhill.com for food pairings and delicious recipes to pair with your favorite Starr Hill craft beer.  I found all of the Starr Hill brews to be delicious, especially the citrusy IPA’s.

Nothern Lights ~ India Pale Ale ~ Caramel color, creamy, hoppy, balanced bitterness with refreshing citrus. Serve with Chicken Tikka Masala, Gorgonzola and Cheddar cheeses.

Basketcase Lager ~ Golden color, American Helles Lager, full-bodied lager with bready malt flavor. Serve with crabcakes and Butterkäse cheese.

Grateful Pale Ale ~ Light gold, a bit flowery, full citrusy body. Serve with Thai Green Curry and Camembert cheese.

Reviver Red India Pale Ale ~Ruby red color, refreshing citrus, medium hoppiness. Serve with Thai Drunken Noodles and Cambozola cheese.

Crozet Gold ~ Golden color, golden ale. Light and refreshing, the perfect balance of honey malt and Cascade hops. Serve with Grilled Calamari Salad and Monterey Jack cheese.

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Next stop Deschutes Tasting Room in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Craft beer flight 6 (4 ounce pours) $12.

Fresh Squeezed IPA ~  this mouthwatering delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops.  (The IPA’s were my favorites, love the citrus hoppiness!)

dark deschutes in the windowdeshutes

Cultivateur Provision Saison ~ Rustic notes of pear and apricot blend into this bright oak-aged Saison. (The more I sipped, the better I liked it.  The pear and apricot added pleasant bright fruit flavor to this brew.)

deschutes in the window

Pacific Wonderland ~ Citrusy Tettnang Mandarina hops combine with the crisp, bright character of a traditional lager to deliver a beer that is truly refreshing and undoubtedly worth sharing. 

American Wheat ~ Tempting citrus aroma and light wheat character. 

Mirror Pond Pale Ale ~ Cascade hops and more Cascade hops give this tawny colored ale delicious hop-forward aroma and flavor. Pale malt allows the hops to linger, not overpower. 

deschutes taps

Our two biggest football fans…Ginger Rogers and Ziggy Elman…but sometimes the TV gets a little too loud for Ziggy!

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