An Afternoon with Brian and Kilbeggan Whiskey
Jul19

An Afternoon with Brian and Kilbeggan Whiskey

Finally! A distillery tour that got me up close and personal with the process of making whiskey! After years of leaving Irish distilleries (and breweries) feeling pleased but not quite satisfied, I thought the new industry standard equaled a tour of well-preserved artifacts displayed in the order they were used in the distilling process… and if I was extremely lucky, I’d get to see some bottles rush by on a conveyor with...

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Cuppa Tea, Anyone? Ireland’s Other “Black Stuff”
Apr30

Cuppa Tea, Anyone? Ireland’s Other “Black Stuff”

Of Course It’s Hot! On my second day in Ireland my Irish friend took my husband and me out to lunch. I ordered iced tea, something I did not do again. The server, who I believe was also the owner, was very polite and said, “We don’t have that. But I’ve had it before. It’s good.” Tea in Ireland is hot. My friend, who is well acquainted with Americans, said he had another American friend visit who kept ordering hot tea, and the...

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Last Dinner On the Titanic
Mar03

Last Dinner On the Titanic

Little did the First Class passengers onboard the RMS Titanic know that many of them would be enjoying their last taste of filet mignon, poached salmon with mousseline sauce, and peaches in chartreuse jelly on that fateful night in April 1912. As the ship’s 100 year anniversary approaches, there’s a buzz around all things Titanic. The Titanic Belfast facility opens March 31st and the RMS Titanic‘s hometown surely...

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Poitín: Irish Moonshine – VIDEO
Dec28

Poitín: Irish Moonshine – VIDEO

Irish Moonshine from Richard Bangs on Vimeo. Richard Bangs has a very nice series of Irish segments that are worth a viewing. This one gives us a taste of poitín! It reminds me of this day from our Irish-American Roadtrip… which includes our friend Bit telling us the connection between cowboy music and Irish music… Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of e-newsletter subscribers. You’ll receive our favorite news...

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Sweet Irish History
Nov22

Sweet Irish History

The Tale of the Irish Bees The history of beekeeping is a long one in most cultures, and the Irish are no different. As mentioned in Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200 by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, honey was utilized as a sweetener in brewing ale and in making dairy spreads. The Bee Laws Bech Bretha (Bee Judgments) was a part of ancient Brehon Law. Ownership of hives was to be clearly determined. There were laws against stealing hives, and even...

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A Traditional Treat Served Warm For Halloween: Barmbrack Recipe
Oct29

A Traditional Treat Served Warm For Halloween: Barmbrack Recipe

Submitted by Kat Behling A traditional Halloween treat is the Barmbrack Cake (or “Bairin Breac”). The dense bread is served year-round, but the Halloween tradition inspires a fruitcake baked with a piece of rag, a gold ring and a silver coin that is shared by the family after dinner. Great interest is taken in the hidden trinkets and their ability to foretell the future. Beware if you get the slice with the rag, for your financial...

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