At Metalman Brewing, Gráinne Walsh knows the importance of a decent glass. “You need to see the colour of what you’re drinking,” she says. Just like a great wine, a really great beer is a feast for the senses. Brewing, it seems, is not for the fainthearted, but Gráinne clearly loves her job.
A rich nutty cheddar from Knockanore brings out the spicy clove and banana flavours in Metalman’s Atomium Amber. Then, ditch your expectations to sample Razzbeer, and learn what magic a sour beer with a hint of chilli can conjure on the tongue. Staying on Knockanore’s “hill of gold”, Julie cracks open a tub of Baldwin’s Chocolate Ice Cream. Seriously. Try it!