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Old 02-08-2013, 07:00 PM   #11
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I don't know your travel routes, but if you can swing by Oxford they have a few within walking distance and there are several other sites to see along the way. Eagle and Child is a great little pub where J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis would hold their writer's group to discuss their work. They have a good selection...get a real ale and the bacon burger; it's excellent. Worcester College has a cool underground bar. The White Horse is a few blocks away and it's right next door to Blackwell's bookstore. Museum, theater, libraries, several colleges on the walk in-between...very cool way to spend a day.

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:46 PM   #12
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A real ale & bacon burger sounds great on a cold blustry day like this.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:31 PM   #13
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I don't know your travel routes, but if you can swing by Oxford they have a few within walking distance and there are several other sites to see along the way. Eagle and Child is a great little pub where J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis would hold their writer's group to discuss their work. They have a good selection...get a real ale and the bacon burger; it's excellent. Worcester College has a cool underground bar. The White Horse is a few blocks away and it's right next door to Blackwell's bookstore. Museum, theater, libraries, several colleges on the walk in-between...very cool way to spend a day.
I may have to make this part of the trip. Sounds great!
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:45 PM   #14
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Brewers love flavor and depth of taste. You should not miss the Jameson distillery tour and tasting Jameson the right way.

 
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:22 AM   #15
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The Porterhouse in the Temple Bar area in Dublin is good. Not far from Trinity College.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:29 AM   #16
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Gotta hit the Brazen Head because of how old and neat the pub is. When I was studying abroad there I use to spend a lot of time at the Portabello Pub because it was a short walk from my house. It's nothing special, but it's still pretty cool. The Cobblestone is a cool pub as well. If you like Heavy Metal music there is a pub called Fibber McGee's that played Heavy Metal in the basement on weekends. I would suggest avoiding Temple Bar, as it's mostly an over crowded tourist trap.

Edit: should have mentioned these are all in Dublin!
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:14 AM   #17
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CAMRA produce a good beer/pub guide which might be worth picking up. Its lists loads of places but could give you a starting point. Published every yr so should be fairly up to date for whatever village/town/city you're visiting.

http://www.camra.org.uk/gbg

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When you're in Dublin, check out the porterhouse brewery for Irish craft beer
I agree. I spent a couple of nights there last year. They have a great oyster stout and several other good brews. The problem with Ireland is that most of the pubs all have the same stuff. Distribution is tightly controlled. You will actually see a lot of Bud and Coors on tap in a lot of the pubs..

If you can find it Kilkenny on tap is great. A great Irish Red on Nitro.

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I don't know your travel routes, but if you can swing by Oxford they have a few within walking distance and there are several other sites to see along the way. Eagle and Child is a great little pub where J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis would hold their writer's group to discuss their work. They have a good selection...get a real ale and the bacon burger; it's excellent. Worcester College has a cool underground bar. The White Horse is a few blocks away and it's right next door to Blackwell's bookstore. Museum, theater, libraries, several colleges on the walk in-between...very cool way to spend a day.
yep. i used to live there and spent a good few afternoons in both of those. but the turf tavern remains my favorite in oxford. it's kind of hidden, dangerous if you are tall (low beams painted black), and has a little beer garden heated with braziers nestled in a corner of the original, older than yo grandma's wooden teeth, city wall. always has a good and changing selection of cask ales, and generally crappy service from bored students

 
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:53 AM   #20
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I just booked my tickets to Ireland today (traveling last week of May first two weeks of June). I will be watching the suggestions closely and anticipating the trip report. Do we have any Irish members on here? I would love to spend an afternoon sampling homebrew in Ireland if anyone would have me. I'll even send some of mine before I leave!

 
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