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Our shops are open until 9pm on Christmas Eve. We reopen from 2pm to 8pm on St.Stephens' Day. Normal hours from then on. Online deliveries will resume from Friday December 29th.

Blog posts of '2015' 'March'

Growler Alert!- 27 March 2015

“In the late 1800s and early 1900s, fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one's home by means of a small-galvanized pail. Rumour has it that when the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid, thus the term ‘growler’ was coined.”

Growler system

Fresh draught craft beer is now available to buy in growlers at McHugh’s Off-Licence Kilbarrack and Artane thanks to addition of our new foamless beer dispensing units in our stores. This system pressurizes the bottle with carbon dioxide, then by releasing a two-way valve, the beer runs down the inside of the bottle, filling it from the bottom and displacing the carbon dioxide. The beer only ever touches the bottle. Basically, we pressurize the bottle, counter-fill it under the pressure and cap off with foam, much like a bottling plant.

Growler bottles

What this means is that we can now offer fresh draught beer straight from the keg, which can be bought to enjoy at home and even stays fresh for up to two months.

We will have four rotating taps at any one time, and endeavour to pour only the best in local, obscure, limited and seasonal beers. Even in its infancy, we’ve had high demand for Lagunitas IPA, and we’ve decided to keep this as a staple for the foreseeable future. It’s not hard to see why, given the huge hit of fresh hops and sticky toffee malt that this 6.2% abv IPA has to offer.

Growler Menu

Most kegs will have an average turnaround of 2-3 weeks so keep an eye on twitter and facebook for regulator updates on what’s pouring at McHugh’s!
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