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McGargles will be at Craft Beer Days 2017 in Hamburg!

 

McGargles are delighted to be returning to Hamburg for this year’s Craft Beers Days event. Taking place on the 26th and 27th of August the festival will play host to twenty eight breweries from Germany, Denmark, Austria and of course Ireland! There will be plenty of great food, live music and a wide variety of beers on draught.

This year McGargles will be bringing some of the favourites we brought to last year’s Craft Beer Days. We will be pouring our Dublin Beer Cup winning Francis’ Big Bangin’ IPA which has won the hearts of our friends in Hamburg.

Craft Beer Days takes place in the very relaxed and friendly environment of Altes Mädchen, a very popular brewpub and restaurant on the appropriately named Lagerstrasse. The event is curated by Craft Beer Store who source the finest beers from around the world and they have handpicked the breweries to attend the festival.

See you there, prost!

McGargles’ Beers with Chef Sham’s Sauces

McGargles’ Beers go really well with a variety of dishes. Here’s a couple of pairings that we tried recently:

We met Chef Sham at a recent food festival and he gave us some of his sauces to try with our beers. The first one we tried was the Sweet Chilli Sauce which we used in our Kedgeree. The dish is one brought back from India when it was a part of the British Empire. It includes Haddock, Boiled Eggs and Rice. Kedgeree was traditionally eaten for breakfast because we are non traditional sorts here at Rye River Brewing we had it for dinner instead. Of course we had to have a beer with it! We paired this with our Lager and the crisp cool beer provided a pleasant contrast to the hint of spice from the sauce.

Why not give this pairing a try yourself?

McGargles’ Lager with chef Sham’s Sauce

Another food pairing we tried recently was Chef Sham’s Chilli Ketchup with Homemade Sausage Rolls. McGargles’ Big Bangin’ IPA went down a treat with this. Keep it in mind when planning your next picnic.

You can order Chef Sham’s sauces and check out his recipe videos here:

http://chefshamsauces.com/

Why not share your own favourite McGargles food pairing with us?

McGargles’ Big Bangin’ IPA with Chef Sham’s Chilli Ketchup and Homemade Sausage Rolls

 

Which Craft Beer Glass Should I Use? Craft Beer Glasses

Craft beer is a serious business, regardless of the carry on that goes on at the brewery! Craft beer glasses are a serious business too!

Great beers should be appreciated, and for just about every craft beer, there is a craft beer glass to go with it. If you’re like us, you’ll drink it out of whatever is closest (like a boot) but if you want to up your glass game, we’re here to help. Here’s a simple guide to show what glass should go with what beer. (Click the image for a full sized version).

Craft Beer Glasses

Glasses

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The Real McGargles?!?!

Can you imagine our surprise?! The real McGargle’s have been in touch – no joke!

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Recently, Patricia Goplin from Wisconsin in the United States contacted the us. Incredibly, she was born ‘Patricia Anne Bridget McGargle’!

Patricia’s father was 100% Irish with all his grandparents coming from Ireland. The family think the original name may have been McGarrigle because that name appears in numerous places on family records, including the family farm papers which was purchased in 1876. There were also several variations of the spelling of “McGargle” listed in the same records.

Records back then were fairly haphazard in rural areas in the States, but the family has always gone by McGargle!

Last year Patricia and her family even visited our brewery and spoke with Alex (our head brewer/chief beer geek) about the name behind the beer.

This year, Patricia braved the cold on Christmas Day to show off her McGargle’s swag with her sister Sue (another original McGargle) and her daughter Teresa.

Happy new year McGargles!!!