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Aug 27, 2013

The Brew Dock – Frothy Beverages

Now, I wouldn’t normally be one for hitting the pub by lunchtime. But the Brew Dock is no ordinary pub. Right on the corner of Amiens Street opposite Busaras, it’s the best gastropub in the area. Did I mention lunch? The Brew Dock has a delicious menu, the sort of hearty food that compliments a frothy beverage. Their daily lunch special is top value at 8 euro for a hot sandwich, soup and chunky chips.

The Bloke tucked into just that. Saturday’s offering was a bacon & egg bap teamed with tomato and sweet potato soup. I helped him with the chips… I enjoyed a quesadilla filled with beans, cheese and jalapeno peppers all mushed up. With tomato salsa and sour cream lashed on top. And a bit of salad. My kinda food. Yum! All washed down with a cool iced coffee made with love, chocolate and ice cream.

I know what you’re thinking. What about the beer? Indeed. The Brew Dock is from the same stable as Against the Grain and The Black Sheep and has more sisters in Galway. Craft beer is the name of the game. The many taps include several sups from the Galway Bay Brewery, Trouble Brewing, Punk IPA and Galway Hooker. Guest beers do the rounds at the bar and there’s a Willy Wonka choice of bottles.

We settled in with pints of Galway Bay Brewery Buried at Sea Chocolate Milk Stout and Trouble Brewing Dark Arts Porter. Both satisfying jars. You won’t find any of your common or garden commercial beers at the Brew Dock, but once you’ve tasted what they’ve got… It’s like switching from white bread to lovely homemade brown. We moved onto bottles of Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout next.

Our man Alan is the go-to-guy at the Brew Dock. A craft expert, Alan talked us through the ales, tipping tasters into us as he explained heritage, ingredients and brewing techniques. It’s tough work, this beer lark! If you’re not one for the cask, this place has plenty more to offer. There’s a damn fine whiskey collection behind the bar, including some real rare ‘uns. As rare as we were upon home time…

The Brew Dock, 1 Amiens Street, Dublin 1 / www.facebook.com/thebrewdock

Jul 12, 2012

Designist – Uproar V Paul Tierney

Last week I joined the Bruv and his mate for a pre-Stone Roses pint and feed. Against the Grain was the venue with the lads looking for some of the best craft beers in town, and pub grub to boot. We each downed a pint of tasty Howling Gale Ale before ordering falafel, beef and chicken burgers, all with lovely big fat chips. It’s proper man food at Against the Grain with a good veggie selection on offer too.

The boys jumped in a joe maxi and made for the Pheonix Park. I mooched back into the belly of town for some culture action. PhotoIreland 2012 is running throughout July so I decided to check out Uproar V Paul Tierney at Designist. Uproar is a summer-long event at Designist featuing a number of cutting edge Pop Up shops. Photographer Paul Tierney’s “Reflected City” project is their latest exhibition.

The series, shot in various shops throughout the city, documents the ordinary shop, its merchandise and its owners. Displayed in the retail setting at Designist, the collection is cleverly juxtaposed within its subject matter. The pictures themselves are charming, with Tierney using his architectural eye to capture the symmetry of the spaces as well as the personality and purpose of the shops.

Tierney talked me through some of the places he had visited. A cosmetic dentist practice featured an all white decor, while its owner was decked out in a white uniform – Tierney noted that the idea was to convey a clinical feel and the pristine colour of well kept teeth. He also pointed to detail, such as the celebrity magazines on display – an aspirational nudge to clients. The retail environment disected.

Another picture featured a shopkeeper behind the counter of his plumbing shop, proudly at the helm of a highly organised treasure trove of hardware. “Reflected City” highlights the place of individual stores in a neighbourhood, each serving its own purpose. The concept of the shops within a shop works well at Designist, given its own quirky stock of home decor and gadgets. Bite sized prints are for sale.

Designist, 68 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 / www.photoireland.org / www.paultierney.ie