Tuesday, August 31, 2021

CorkBilly Latest Food & Drink

CorkBilly Latest Food & Drink

Week 210903. (Update #1)
Plan to issue this mid-week with updates towards weekend. If you have any food or drink news, DM me a line or two, plus a link and a photo if available. Of course, if you have "big" news, let me know also and we can do a full standalone post.
Bertha's Revenge Go For Dingle Gold!

"We are chuffed that Naval Bertha has reached the finals of the Irish Food Awards. The awards are a fantastic showcase of the best artisan produce from the island of Ireland, so we are delighted to make the finals." The winners will be announced in Dingle on October 2nd.

West Cork Distillers

These five triple-distilled whiskies were produced in small batches from Irish malt and local water straight from Mullaghmesha mountain, then finished in casks selected from the finest fortified wine and spirits. Tumbler glass Learn more: westcorkdistillers.com/products/minia Please drink responsibly.

Bradley's Hip Flask Club Have A New Star In!
Latest “The Cuvée” release from @WaterfordWhisky just in, also available for our #HipFlaskFill Club.


Lemon Leaf Kinsale. Weekend Temptation!


Lost At Sea Tragedies

The Shine Family are are delighted to let you know we will be running a special fund raiser offer throughout September.

We will be offering 10% discount off all online orders and will also DONATE 20% of the value of all online orders to the Lost At Sea Tragedies (L.A.S.T) for the whole month of September.
Use the code below to participate. 


Obviously, this is a hugely important cause for us here at Shines. We would like to thank you in advance for your support.

Find out more about L.A.S.T. here: https://last.ie


August has been a busy month at Rebel City Distillery!

One of two Tom Campbell murals at Rebel City

Where do we start! August has been a bit of a whirlwind, we have two new murals, celebrated Onam, and are a finalist in the Irish Made Awards. We also introduced FREE SHIPPING in our online shop....

We are absolutely delighted to be a finalist in the Irish Made Awards in the DRINKS category. It's so wonderful to be acknowledged amongst the best companies that craft their drinks in Ireland but we need your help! Can you please take a moment and VOTE for us. We'd really appreciate your support. Thank you.

See more here


Show someone how much you care with one of our On The Pig's Back Hampers!
Our Large Hamper includes a Bottle of wine, On The Pig's Back Red Onion Marmalade, On The Pig's Back Chicken Liver Pate, Wild About dressing or Chutney, Atlantic Sea Salt, Wicklow Blue Cheese, Durrus Og Cheese, Hegarty's Cheddar, Lorge Chocolates, Lismore Biscuits and On The Pig's Back Crackers.
Order online for Nationwide Delivery at https://onthepigsback.ie/collections/hampers


Diana Dodog has news for you!!

We are super excited to be invited by Vic and Deb to Camus Farm Field Kitchen for a weekend of fun and food. Can't wait to cook for you guys again, and guess what? This time not in the food truck but in a beautiful kitchen!

Nothing brings people together like good food!
This October round up your friends & family for that long overdue catch up as we gather on Camus Farm Field Kitchen to bring you a feast of this seasons tastiest and freshest, local organic produce....
Grab your table of 4 or 6 and make a reservation.
Friday 8th October
Saturday 9th October
Sunday 10th October
The Field Kitchen is fully licensed with great selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.


Schools are back (hooray 😊) & with that comes school dinners 🥘
Shop local & seasonal at our Farm Shop for fresh homegrown veg & potatoes
Farm Shop Open Mon-Fri 10-6 Killeagh P36 X582


 L'Atitude 51. Guerrilla Winefare Continues


Getting ready to 🚀 our new brand - Lislee Lavender. On sale from October 2021.


Monday, August 30, 2021

Taste of the Week. Ardsallagh Goats Cheese

Taste of the Week. 

Ardsallagh Goats Cheese

A totally unexpected gift from a travelling salesman started Jane Murphy’s long term love of goats and led to the beautiful Ardsallagh cheese that so many people know and love today.

Back in the late 70s, that insurance salesman in County Carlow wasn’t getting the best of receptions from Jane. During the conversation, he noticed, “couldn't help but notice”, that her children had eczema and said that goats milk would be a help. Jane said thanks very much for the tip and sent him on his way.

An hour or so later, she sighed as he returned. This time with a gift. He lifted a goat out of the boot, presented her to Jane and carried on his way. She never saw that salesman again but the goat led to greater things.

For a start, the eczema cleared up and "since then we have always had goats in the garden and following years of experimenting this has grown into something wonderfully and tasty." Ardsallagh has now been making cheese for over 20 years.

Ardsallagh cheese keeps popping up on restaurant menus and not just in Cork. It is one of the most popular and one of the very best goats cheeses in the country. It is widely stocked in shops and supermarkets, various farmers markets and in delis such as On the Pig's Back. I got this particular piece via On the Pig's Back on Neighbourfood.

Ardsallagh soft goats cheese is a white cheese with a creamy texture. This cheese has a gentle flavour as it is made daily from fresh goats milk. It is delicious and very handy these warm days as a lunchtime treat. I just added some beetroot from the garden (not a great crop this year), a few juicy cherry tomatoes, also via Neighbourfood, and a few leaves of basil.

* Luke was one of her toddlers with the eczema and he is now the Dairy Manager at Ardsallagh.

Read all about Ardsallagh Goats Cheese.

Beer of the Year 2021. The Contenders. So Far!

Beer of the Year 2021.
The Contenders. So Far!

August: Hope “Limited Edition No 25“ Classic Gose
July: Yellow Belly “Red Noir” Dark Red Ale
June: O’Hara’s Irish Stout Nitro
May: Dungarvan “Mahon Falls” Rye Pale Ale
April: Heaney New England IPA
March: Whiplash “Melodie Noir” Baltic Porter
February: Eight Degrees “The Pilgrim’s Path” Lager
January: Lineman “Vesper" Pale Ale

August Final Selection:

IPA: Blacks St Tropez IPA Summer IPA 4.8%; Eight Degrees Original Gravity Juicy IPA

Session: Hope Hop On Session IPA; Whiplash Rollover Session IPA; Trouble Brewing Love Below Micro IPA.

Kolsch: Rye River Grafters Clocking Off Kölsch Style; White Hag Keltoi Kolsch Style Ale.

Pale Ale: Hope Pass If You Can Pale Ale; White Hag “Magic Mist” Juicy Pale Ale

DIPA: Blacks Golden Ticket Pineapple DIPA 8.2%

Red Ale: Tom Crean Expedition Red Ale

Gose: Hope “Limited Edition No 25“ Classic Gose

Overall: Hope “Limited Edition No 25“ Classic Gose

July final

Hazy IPA: Blacks Ace of Haze Battle of the Tropics DDH Hazy IPA 5.5%

Lager: Boundary Very Serious Situation Pils 4.8%, Mescan “Seven Virtues” Lager 4.9%,

Red Ale: Yellow Belly “Red Noir” Dark Red Ale 4.5%

Pale Ale: Rascals with Hopfully “Siamese Dream” Pale Ale 4.5%

Sour: Otterbank Brewing “Mates Rates” Tart Session IPA 4.9%

IPA:  Blacks Wild Atlantic West Coast IPA 4.5

Session: Blacks Ace of Haze DDH Cryo Hazy Session IPA 4.2%

Overall: Yellow Belly “Red Noir” Dark Red Ale


Stout: O’Hara’s Irish Stout Nitro

Session: Brú Lager; Brú Cheep Flirt IPA

Pale Ale: Lineman Electric Avenue #2 Extra; Wicklow Brewery Hopknut; 9 White Deer “Stag Ban”; West Kerry “Blue Rose”; Whiplash Midnight Dipper;

Red Ale: Western Herd Atlantic

IPA: Brú IPA; O’Hara’s Hop Adventure Strata

Golden Ale: Sullivan’s Irish Gold

Non Alcoholic: Stonewell 0% Cider

Blond: Mescan Westport Blonde

Overall: O’Hara’s Irish Stout Nitro

May Favourites

White/wheat/wit: Heaney Irish White Ale

Rye Ale: Dungarvan “Mahon Falls” Rye Pale Ale

Lager: Western Herd "Loop Head" Pilsner 

Red Ale: Brú

Amber Ale: Kinnegar Devil’s Backbone 

IPA: O’Hara’s 51st State IPA

Session: Rising Sons “5th Horseman” session IPA 

Overall: Dungarvan “Mahon Falls” Rye Pale Ale

April Favourites

Sour: Wide Street “Peach Berliner” Sour or Wheat?

Brown Ale: Whiplash “The Ocean Wide” 

NEIPA: Heaney New England

Session: Blacks The Session IPA 3.5%

German style IPA: Rascals Wunderbar IPA

IPA: O’Hara’s Tropical IPA,

Stout: O’Hara’s Irish Stout,

Overall: Heaney New England

March Favourites

Lager: Wide Street “Mill Pils”

Session: Eight Degrees Bohemian Pilsner Lager

Red Ale: O’Hara’s Irish Red Traditional Ale, 4.3%

Baltic Porter: Whiplash Melodie Noir Baltic Porter

Overall: Whiplash Melodie Noir Baltic Porter

February Favourites

Lager: Eight Degrees “The Pilgrim’s Path”

Pale Ale: Blacks Kinsale KPA

Session: Rascals “Fruitropolis” Pale Ale, 4.3%

Overall: Eight Degrees “The Pilgrim’s Path”

January Favourites 

Pale Ale - Lineman Vesper

IPA - Hopfully Graciosa

Session: Whiplash Northern Light

Lager: Kinnegar Brewers at Play Rye Lager

Porter: Elbow Lane “Liberty”

Overall: Lineman Vesper

No lists kept for 2020 but the “winners” were

Stout: Brehon Brewhouse “Ulster Black” Oatmeal Stout 5.0%

Belgian Tripel: Eight Degrees Devil's Ladder Belgian Tripel 11.5%

Golden Ale: West Kerry Brewery “Béal Bán” Golden Ale, 5.0%

Imperial Stout: Lough Gill Dark Majik Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Cream Stout 11.0%

Pale Ale: Trouble Brewing Ambush Juicy Pale Ale, 5.0%

Session: Whiplash Rollover Session IPA 3.8%

Lager: White Gypsy Munich Lager, 5.8%

American IPA: Kinnegar “Crossroads” American Style IPA 6.2%

Saison: Third Circle “Unsocial Creatures”  Dry Hopped Saison 4.4%

White/Wheat: Mescan “Westport White” 5%

Cider: Highbank “Proper Irish Cider” 2016 6%

Sour: Yellow Belly Castaway Passionfruit Sour 4.2%

Red: The White Hag “The Fleadh” 6.8%

Hybrid: Hope Underdog Hoppy Lager 4.8%

Non Alcoholic: Highbank’s “Drivers” Cider

Overall: Eight Degrees Devil's Ladder Belgian Tripel 11.5%