Brewing up a Storm in the City – Urban Brewing, CHQ, Bar Review
From the outside, Urban Brewing may seem like just a regular bar, but step inside and you’ll find a unique venue full of surprises. On-site there is a brewery, two kitchens, a bar, restaurant and outdoor terrace.
Downstairs is home to the Stack A Restaurant. Set in a 200-year-old vaulted building on Custom House Quay, the restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere for diners.
Urban Brewing stock a range of over 200 worldwide beers, rotation taps and of course, their very own in-house brewed beers. Don’t fret if you’re not a beer fanatic, they have an extensive wine list, a tempting cocktail menu and a diverse spirit list with a good variety of Irish whiskey and gin on the menu.
If you’re feeling peckish you can order from the tapas menu, which features dishes like Smoked Haddock Croquetas, Glazed Pork Belly and Sautéed Padrón Peppers to name just a few.
If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, you can join one of Urban Brewing’s tours. Learn all about how they make their exclusive beers as well as a special tasting in the Brewmaster’s Table and Barrel Ageing room.
On our recent visit here, we stopped by to sample some of the many (and I mean many!) beers on offer. In the Taps and Tapas Bar, you can enjoy tapas-style dishes and beers brewed on-site from Urban Brewing. When we arrive there is already a good crowd in the bar, with nearly every table full of merry diners enjoying the good weather. We are greeted by a friendly hostess who seats us outside in the covered terrace.
The sun is shining and across from the bar, Oktoberfest is already set up with queues of people lining the entrance. This adds to the atmosphere, everyone is in good spirits and most of the guests around us are also enjoying beers of all colours and sizes.
Slightly overwhelmed by the number of beers on offer, we asked our friendly waiter for his recommendations. I enjoy a light beer so I opted for a delicious sounding Elderflower Saison (€6.50). I loved this beer, it had a lovely light floral taste of Elderflower without being too overpowering.
My companion has a sweeter tooth than I and chose the Raspberry Wit (€6.50). Made in-house by Urban Brewing, I thought this would be too sweet for my palate, but it was less sweet than expected, it was thoroughly enjoyed.
Next, I ordered an O’ Hara’s Free Bird Lager IPA (€6.00), a light easy drinking option. My beer buddy ordered a Stigel Grapefruit (€5.00). This naturally cloudy beer is very low in alcohol, ideal for a thirst quenching tipple that won’t leave you with a sore head the following day.
The vibe is laid back with groups of friends relaxing over good beers, plates of food that looked delicious and a drinks list that is sure to appeal to all tastes. Urban Brewing is in a great location, in the city centre but not surrounded by the crowds that descend into the city. I think I may have found my new watering hole, and am already planning a return visit to sample the culinary delights from the kitchen.
Custom House Quay
T: +353 1 568 5989
REVIEW BY SINÉAD SMYTH