If we were having a beer, it would quite likely be at The Irish Rover in Louisville, Kentucky. My pal Jane and I usually eat there when we have our monthly Girls’ Day Out. Not always, but usually.
They have Irish pub food, mostly. Fish and chips, Scotch eggs, cottage pie, bubble and squeak, Guinness beef stew, and bangers and mash. Also: cheeses, cordon bleu fritters, salmon, club sandwich…. Great menu!
And the beer…. Oh, glory, the beer! We’re very fond of Celtic Craic, and find it appropriate that Craic is pronounced “crack”. It’s by the New Albanian Brewing Company, in New Albany, Indiana. It’s out of season now, alas, although I like for beers to go in and out of season, so I can try new ones. Today, Jane asked for a taste of New Albanian’s … I don’t even remember the name, but it was some kind of seasonal ale aged in whiskey barrels, and it was SO GOOD, I was sorry I had already ordered a Guinness. THAT’S how good it was. I hope they still have it when we meet in November.
The Rover building is a delight. Here’s a picture of the side, with the door’s awning poking out from the center to the left.The bicycle and the window with the flower pots are both painted on, shadows and all.
So, yes, definitely one of my favorite places.
[Update: I forgot to say this is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up! Go see Norm’s WONDERFUL doors this week!!!]
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What is one of your main character’s favorite places?
DanOctober 15, 2015 at 7:15am
Thanks for the mention (I didn’t realize how many IWWHaB posts I’ve done) and for bringing us to a great little pub. I love that the bicycle and the window are painted on. The beer and the food sound wonderful, but the best part is that you go there with a friend. Bars are clearly meant to support friendships.
Marian AllenOctober 15, 2015 at 8:22am
CLEARLY, Dan. The staff are always friendly and obliging, and treat us like they understand how important friendship is. Jane and I have been palling around for 50 years and counting.
DanOctober 15, 2015 at 9:09am
50 years! Wow. that’s a long term friendship.
JaneOctober 15, 2015 at 9:41am
Yes, it is, Dan. And such a friend as Marian!
Come visit and try the beer!
KatfrenchOctober 15, 2015 at 7:48pm
Love the Irish Rover’s soda bread. Because carbs and I have been palling around for 43 years…
Marian AllenOctober 16, 2015 at 8:35am
Oh, YES, the soda bread is lovely!
janetOctober 16, 2015 at 6:24pm
Definitely our kind of spot as well. As for beer (preferably dark) aged in whiskey/Scotch/bourbon barrel? Bring it!
Marian AllenOctober 16, 2015 at 6:43pm
Oh, lord, yes! Stout, porter, or dark ale. Draft, if possible.