Peter Curtin is a publican who enjoys a challenge. And so, in addition to the trinity of beers he fashions at the Burren Brewery, he also turns his hand each year to craft a special Hobbit Ale, to celebrate the annual Burren Tolkien Society Festival. To create an ancient darker, sweeter tasting ale, Peter fires in crystal malt, caramalt, and chocolate malt, all the better to give all the visiting Hobbits who arrive at the Roadside Tavern a warm, lingering glow from their glass. Aside from the Hobbit Ale, Peter has created a trio of beers that satisfy every palate: the spicy and smoky Burren Red ale; the crisp, thirst-slaking Burren Gold lager, and the toasty, delicately bitter Burren Black, a top-class stout. There isn’t a better experience to be had anywhere along the West coast of Ireland than to be sat in the Roadside Tavern or the Burren Storehouse, with a freshly pulled pint of Burren beer in your hand, with some music playing, and the good times rolling.
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