Carrig Brewing Company
Sinead and Martie’s craft brewing company is housed in an old jam factory, the former Laird's factory where Bo Peep jams were produced. Today, the modern Food Hub in Leitrim is home to the first craft brewery established in the county in 150 years, and Carrig Brewing is the creator of a core quintet of fine, fresh beers – Rowers red ale; Poachers pale ale; Carrig pilsner; Brazen amber ale; and Pipers pale ale. The great news for serious beer buffs is that you can actually have a tour of the brewery, and see how these delicious beers are crafted, and then enjoy a tutored tasting. This is the very best way to appreciate just how skilful and complex craft brewing actually is – perhaps the best way to explain the complexity of brewing is to tell a very old joke, to wit: Why did Jesus turn water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana? Because he didn’t have enough skill to turn the water into beer.
And as if making cracking craft beers wasn’t tough enough, the Carrig team like nothing better than to produce special editions such as their Coal Face Black IPA, aged in oak whiskey barrels, and triple hopped with no fewer than six varieties of hop, and look out also for their Jammin’ session ale, the orange peel scented Summer Daze, and the beautifully named Grand Soft Day IPA. And what is the ideal time to drink a glass of Grand Soft Day? When it is lashing with rain outside. That way, rather than getting wet outside, you have the joy of getting wet inside.
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