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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

 

Toothless Dec’s Sweet Potato Fries

Toothless Dec’s Sweet Potato Brown Ale Fries
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Feeds: 4-6

It’s come to that dark, dreary time of year when comfort food and dark beer go hand in hand. So…how perfect do a batch of sweet potato fries with a good soak in brown ale sound? We can tell you, only about half as good as they taste!

Ingredients

1.5kg sweet potatoes
1 bottle of Toothless Dec’s Brown Ale
3 Tbsp sunflower oil (or olive, etc..)
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Directions

To make these really tasty sweet potato fries, preheat oven to 220°C.
Scrub potatoes, and cut to a size that suits you. Leave the skins on.
In a large bowl, soak the cut fries, in Toothless Dec’s Brown Ale.
Let soak for 15 minutes, tossing 1-2 times.
Drain Toothless Dec’s Brown Ale and toss with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, until well coated.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment (optional, but nice for quick clean up!) and spread the fries, in a single layer on the pan. Use two pans, if needed. You don’t want them stacked.
Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, depending on how done you like them, tossing 3 – 4 times.
Add more salt and pepper to your liking.

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The McGargles Big Wheel of Excuses

This Sunday Ireland will square up to France in Euro 2016.

To say we have a score to settle with France is probably an understatement (you know what we’re talking about Henry). This is guaranteed to be a huge match. Win, lose or draw, there’s a very big chance there might be a you-shaped hole in work on Monday.

Never fear, if you need an exit strategy for the day after, we have you covered. Spin the wheel, pick the excuse, ring the boss then head back to that fort you had started to build in bed. Happy days!

 

The McGargles Big Wheel of Excuses

Carrick Carnival

McGargles at Carrick Carnival

Carrick Carnival Hamper

The whole family is heading to Carrick Carnival!

Carrick Carnival is back for 2016 and we’re going to be there pouring beautiful, small-batch beer as well as Trader Tommy’s Cider. There’s loads going on at this year’s carnival and to celebrate, we want to give you a chance to win.

This year’s Carrick Carnival will feature:

  • A spectacular Opening Parade
  • Fireworks Display and Water Dance Show
  • Carrick’s Fittest Club
  • Taste of Carrick
  • Carnival Night
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Air Display
  • Stunt Bike Show
  • Raft race and much much more…

To celebrate the return of The Carrick Carnival for 2016, we’re giving away a beautiful craft beer hamper with bottles, glasses, t-shirts and more! Winning couldn’t be any easier, all you have to do is enter your details below…simple! We’ll be picking a winner on the night and announcing it on the night and on our Twitter page.

Good luck!

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Click HERE for full Terms and Conditions. Open to Republic of Ireland residents only.

McGargles is available on draught in Carrick in: Ging’s, Cryan’s, Oarsman, Anchorage, Moon River, Flynn’s, Percy Whelan’s & Murtagh’s.

Carrick Carnival

Craft Beer Word Search

Having a slow day? Welcome to our world! Here, occupy yourself with this Craft Beer Word Search.

We took a stroll around the brewery and pretty much just wrote down everything we saw, then bunged it into this little puzzle, just for the craic.

CRAFT BEER WORD SEARCH

CRAFT BEER WORD SEARCH

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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

Want your own McGargles Pint Glass? Check out our shop HERE

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!!!