After some sightseeing at the Cliffs of Moher, the four of us piled into the rental car and enjoyed the scenery on our way to Adare, just outside of Limerick for our first night. Lots of green everywhere!
Our stay in Adare was lovely and a nice intro to Irish pub food. Being Good Friday, we learned that Ireland doesn’t serve alcohol on Good Friday, causing a lot of pubs to be closed. Luckily we found one open and enjoyed our first servings of stew, shepard’s pie, and potatoes. The next morning, we hit the road and headed west for the Dingle Peninsula.
Upon arrival, or shortly before, we learned that Dingle has a microbrewery, one of the few in Ireland. According to Beoir.com, there are 22 microbreweries across the country. When we originally planned our trip to Ireland, The Husband wanted to make it to the Guiness brewery, but unfortunately we took Dublin off of our destinations on this short trip. If you’ve been a longtime reader, you know that we like to visit local breweries on our trips and our travel companions were happy to oblige our trip to the Dingle Brewing Company.
The brewery is located in Dingle’s old creamery building, and like much of the Dingle peninsula, is adorned with both signs in English and Gaelic. Stepping inside we were welcomed by a warm fire, a welcoming bar, and a tour through the brewing process. The rest of the group participated in the tour, which included a beer tasting, while I enjoyed the fire and warmed up.
After the tour, and after I had The Husband pose in the beer glass, the group enjoyed their samples of the Crean’s Irish Lager. The beer is named after a local man, Tom Crean, who served in the British Navy and supported that Antarctic expedition. The group was thoroughly impressed with the beer.
After enjoying the beer and chatting with the staff, we explored the town of Dingle, enjoyed a fresh seafood lunch, and headed out on the peninsula to tour the area.
After a lovely day touring the peninsula, we headed to Killarney for the evening, perhaps our favorite town of the whole trip. No pictures though so we’ll see you tomorrow!