For a day that was forecast to be a wet, dull one today turned out to be anything but. We took our – soon to be available in bottles – Amber Adventure out for one of it’s first adventures since a group of our brewers got together and conceived an amber ale brewed exclusively with New Zealand hops, including Pacific Gem and Moteuka in the kettle for a very special journey on one of the remaining, beautifully preserved steam trains in Ireland. As guests of the very wonderful Railway Preservation Society of Ireland we began a voyage which we hope will interest and intrigue you all.
When we heard that engine 461 would pass through the historic Bagenalstown station close to our brewery in the heart of the historic Barrow Valley with it’s centuries old tradition of brewing with our O’Hara’s Irish Red Ale and Our O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale aboard providing the refreshment we asked the society whether it might be possible to photograph our Amber Adventure with the train. The response was tremendous. They not only agreed to it, they organised an unscheduled stop and welcomed us aboard to a host of raised O’Hara’s glasses.
On arrival in Kilkenny with a two hour stopover while the engine was reversed the assembled company decided to join us for a pint of Amber Adventure at our craft beer pub Brewery Corner on Kilkenny’s historic Parliament Street. Wonderful company enjoying our Irish craft beer talking about their favourite beers, one of the O’Hara’s team was honoured to be made an honorary member of the society for the day.