Farmhouse beers from Donegal

The people who serve and sell our beer: Episode 2, Logues of Carrigart and The Glen Bar

For years now we’ve been listening to people bemoan the demise of the rural Irish pub. And while times certainly haven’t been easy for all involved, forward-thinking publicans like Aengus Haughey have been quietly bucking the trend by giving people good reasons to come out to the pub. One of those reasons is quality beer, and not just ours.

On a recent run to re-stock Logues, Aengus’ small pub in the north Donegal town of Carrigart, I noticed he was wearing gear from Dublin’s Porterhouse, where he once worked and whose beers he has proudly brought to the Northwest along with those from Dungarvan, BlacksKinsale, GalwayHooker and others. Of course, I told him we’d need to get him kitted out locally but in all honesty, I’m delighted he wears Porterhouse and not Heineken.

This shining rural beacon of good beer is now in the process of expanding his empire to the landmark Glen Bar in nearby Glen, Donegal. There are few spots in the world as comfortable as The Glen for sitting over a pint with friends (Thanks to Cormac Walsh and team the food in the attached restaurant is pretty damned good too.)

A big thanks to Aengus and his crew for the courage to try something different. Keep up the good work and all the best with The Glen.

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Next up: McHugh’s Off Licenses, Artane and Kilbarrack

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