When the Sun Shines

Trinity and Magnolia
Trinity and Magnolia

Dublin in the sunshine is magic. People get outside and stay outside until the sun goes down. The sun doesn’t set until 9pm at the moment and by the height of summer it will be closer to 11pm. We have been enjoying a spate of stunning weather. Long may it last!

Stephen's Green at Lunchtime
Stephen’s Green at Lunchtime

Everyone wants to celebrate the sun with a drink but no one wants to sit inside so pubs overflow onto the pavements (and canal!).

The Barge, Grand Canal
The Barge, Grand Canal
Grogan's, Castle Market
Grogan’s, Castle Market

And getting out to the Wicklow Mountains or the Dublin Bay Cliffs are an easy way to get your nature top up on these long spring days.

Bray-->Greystones and Back
Bray–>Greystones and Back

You can feel the excitement of a good summer in the air….

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When the Sun Shines

Guinness Dublin Porter

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Last night when C and I went for our cheeky Sunday pint in Slattery’s, I noticed that they had the new Guinness Dublin Porter on tap. Now, let’s be clear right up front: Guinness Dublin Porter is not Guinness. Guinness is Guinness is Guinness. Dublin Porter is made by Guinness, but not as a replacement (or even an equal) to the original.

I have been curious since I saw the ad on a billboard a few weeks ago to try it. But I was delighted when C wanted to order it as I really felt like having the classic last eve; I wasn’t feeling brave.

Dublin Porter is delicious. It’s a lighter Guinness. It’s sweeter and has more fizz. It’s the same sexy black as the original Guinness, but the white head is not as velvety or thick. It will be really delicious when the weather warms up and we can sit by the canal and sip it.

Yes, I KNOW that a Porter and a Stout are two totally different beers (see here), so comparison between these two is a moot point. Guinness is branding the Porter as a “project”. ┬áDublin Porter is a successful project I feel, and I am glad it’s an option.

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Guinness Dublin Porter