On Wednesday April 13th brewery owner Logan Plant and art director Nick Dwyer took to the mic in L. Mulligans Grocer of Stoneybatter as part of a tap takeover night to regale attendees with stories of the meteoric rise to success of the relatively young Beavertown Brewery.
The packed out event was a rousing success with all in attendance being offered delicious treats throughout the night, each had been developed specifically to match one of the Beavertown beers being dished out. The pork belly slider and Bloody ‘Ell combination was particularly tasty but it’s no wonder that these pairings worked so well as Mulligan’s have a great tradition of matching each dish from their own menu with a specific beer and whisky pairing.
Pear Vert Phantom (Pear and Goodeberry Infused Berlinnerwesie) with Goats Cheese, Red Wine Poached Pear & Almond Gallettes
St Clements (Blood Orange and Lemon infused berliner weisse) with Cones of twice cooked chips, lemon salt & roaster garlic and orange aioli
Pom Pom Phantom (Grapefruit and Pink Peppercorn Berliner Weisse) with Haddock, Prawn, Grapefruit & Pink Peppercorn Lollipops
Bloody ‘Ell (Blood Orange IPA) with Pork Belly & Blood Orange Sliders
Gamma Ray (American Pale Ale) with Caramel & Tangerine Popcorn
Skull King (Double IPA) with Mini Sticky Toffee Pudding, Apricot Compote
‘Spresso (Imperial Coffee Stout) with Sea Salt Brownie Bite, Raspberry & Blackcurrant Drizzle, Smashed Meringue, Chilli & Cocoa Nib
Beavertown owner and founder Logan gave a brief history of his disliking of pubs as a young teenager and his eventual realisation that beer was what he wanted to do; a sort of epiphany moment that saw him quit his band and throw himself headfirst into the brewing process. He eventually introduced Nick as the creative director of the company, to which Nick quickly quips that he is an artist and it is wrong for Logan to ‘pigeon hole him like that’. Nick is a charismatic young man and it’s great to see the artwork being held in as much regard as the beer as it is clearly a focal point for Beavertown.
The camaraderie between the pair throughout the night was both abundant and endearing with serious banter, jokes, the retelling and correcting of each other’s stories; an hour disappeared quicker than you can sink a snifter of stout. After a brief Q&A with the audience, the music was brought back up as the two guys mingled with their many appreciative patrons as talk began to circulate about an after party in The Liquor Rooms.
All in all it was a fantastically run event, the likes of which we can only hope to see many more of in the future.
Having previously devoted every ounce of his spare time to music, Tony is more commonly found these days in a kitchen than on a stage. With experience in writing on festivals and shows around the country he has recently turned his pen to more culinary exposés. With a particular penchant for craft beer he can often be spotted travelling from one bar to another in search of the latest brew to hit the market.