Match of the week | Crubeens and Irish stout

Match of the week

Crubeens and Irish stout

I don’t drink beer often enough so I'm particularly pleased when I find a pairing that makes my match of the week slot

This was at Richard Corrigan’s new restaurant Daffodil Mulligan: crubeens, which are deep-fried boned, breaded pigs trotters, are the Irish answer to croquetas. They were served with crushed swede and, the key element in the pairing - Colman’s mustard (there must surely be an Irish equivalent?).

My friends had ordered a glass of Gibney’s stout (from a pub called Gibney’s of Malahide to the north of Dublin), a gorgeous velvety brew which tastes like Guinness used to but almost never does these days* and which was so good I had to order a half of my own.

It would obviously also go brilliantly with oysters. And crubeens would go with champagne - or Cava - if you were so inclined!

(*IMHO it’s served far too cold.)

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Comments: 3 (Add)

The Beer Nut on January 20 2020 at 14:24

Oh yes. Lovely chocolate and coffee notes.

Fiona Beckett on January 20 2020 at 13:48

Thanks for the lowdown! Good though, isn’t it?

The Beer Nut on January 20 2020 at 13:45

The brand is from Gibney's pub; the beer is a rebadge of McGargle's Jim's Stout by Rye River Brewing in Co. Kildare.

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