Here's a quick overview of places and brews that I thought were worth mentioning.
The Palace Bar - A small bar that the locals really seem to love. Not many tourists there and not the hugest beer selection, but beers that I did not find anywhere else were here.
Quay's - This place holds a warm spot in my heart. The overly crowded bar has live music every night and seemed to draw both my sister and myself back every night. Younger crowd and great "craic," as the Irish say!
The Auld Dubliner - A decent selection of beer and right in the center of Temple Bar area. Live music and dancing. Kind of dark and less pub-like, more Morristown bar-ish at night, but still fun.
Beers, which were not from any pubs mentioned in prior posts.
Hop House 13 - By St. James' Gate (Diageo) This was a great go-to beer, whenever I was in a non-craft beer pub. A double-hopped premium lager with a nice hop flavor & level for sessionable drinking.
Beamish Irish Stout- By Beamish & Crawford. An alternative to Guinness. The bartender told me that their actual marketing campaign is "50 cents less than Guinness," which is really funny. I actually preferred Beamish to Guinness due to its more balanced flavor, but they were comparable.
Leffe Blonde - By Abbaye de Leffe. Totally available in the U.S., but I'm sentimental about this beer as I associate it with Ireland. It's a delicious Blonde, a bit sweet with bubblegum and light banana flavors.
Cliffs of Moher - Absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful. You feel like you've remembered the old world. Anyone in Ireland must go see it, about a 3 hour drive from Dublin.
Check back for my final post on my final night in Dublin: The Norseman.
Until then, hoppy drinking!
- One Hoppy Lady