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Chapter One Restaurant

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  • 26-11-2009 1:49pm
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    Lucky enough to be going here soon. Have heard it's supposed to be a lovely place.

    I'm not a wine drinker, but do appreciate a good beer.

    I've checked their website, and although there is an extensive wine list there is no mention of beer!

    Anyone been here before and know what kind of beers are on offer?
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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,036 ✭✭✭Royale with Cheese


    I was there about 18 months ago. They had bottles of Heineken, Miller, Tiger and one or two others. Just the usual really.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,931 ✭✭✭az2wp0sye65487


    Bit disappointing considering their vast wine selection!


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    It's ever the way with top-end restaurants: kick-ass wine lists and the beer equivalents of Piat d'Or and Blue Nun. Roly's even has a Bud tap :eek:

    About the only proper restaurant in Dublin with a decent beer list (and the only retail outlet for Double L cider AFAIK) is The Winding Stair.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,839 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    Yup, annoying, disappointing and disheartening but not surprising!

    Hotels tend to be just as bad.

    They probably have an extensive Whisk(e)y and Brandy list too.

    Coffee very often tends to be very low on their list of priorities too!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,381 ✭✭✭oblivious


    Yup, annoying, disappointing and disheartening but not surprising! !

    Yep
    Hotels tend to be just as bad.

    An going to get worse since a load of them are not been run as proper business


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,139 ✭✭✭olaola


    You don't go to Chapter One to drink beer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,381 ✭✭✭oblivious


    olaola wrote: »
    You don't go to Chapter One to drink beer.

    do you go to drink wine?


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,839 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    olaola wrote: »
    You don't go to Chapter One to drink beer.

    Then why have a wine list??


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,381 ✭✭✭oblivious


    olaola wrote: »
    You don't go to Chapter One to drink beer.
    oblivious wrote: »
    do you go to drink wine?

    Sorry my reply appears little blunt, but beer is much more than mass marketed lager or bland nitro stouts and can accompany food. I would have though true foodies would want to accentuate their meals as much as possible, other than the classic Irish stout and oysters

    Chimay blue with duck, duvel with clams and past are examples


  • Registered Users Posts: 89 ✭✭chahop


    Its very hard for restaurants to stock a good selection of beer. I find a very small % of people order beer with their meal and most of them want muck (Bud, Miller, Coors light, heineken). + beer goes off wine doesnt.
    This is my own exp as a restaurant owner, I had a descent beer list and had to bring most of it home. Now I just stock the usual + Tiger and paulaner and might sell 12 of each in 3-4 months.
    I have never had to do that with wine.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,839 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    chahop wrote: »
    Its very hard for restaurants to stock a good selection of beer. I find a very small % of people order beer with their meal and most of them want muck (Bud, Miller, Coors light, heineken). + beer goes off wine doesnt.
    This is my own exp as a restaurant owner, I had a descent beer list and had to bring most of it home. Now I just stock the usual + Tiger and paulaner and might sell 12 of each in 3-4 months.
    I have never had to do that with wine.

    Fair enough but it's not correct to say that beer goes off and wine doesn't.
    Of course wine goes off and certainly goes past its best.
    Some beers have very long shelf lives (and some will continue to develop long past their BB)

    It would be correct to say that beer has a Best Before Date and wine doesn't.
    Personally, I don't see why wine doesn't have a BB date!


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    chahop wrote: »
    I had a descent beer list
    Out of interest, what was on it?

    I think any restaurant should have a hoppy American beer (Goose Island IPA, say, or Brooklyn Lager), a strong dark trappist in a 75cl bottle (Westmalle Dubbel, La Trappe Dubbel) and a quality German weissbier (Schneider Weisse, Paulaner). That'll cover most foods, I'd say.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,839 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    BeerNut wrote: »
    Out of interest, what was on it?

    I'd be interested to know that as well.

    Lots of establishments think they have a great list but, in fact, just have a weissbier and several 'premium' lagers.
    (I'm not suggesting that that was the case with you, chahop!)


  • Registered Users Posts: 742 ✭✭✭Pixelcraft


    BeerNut wrote: »
    I think any restaurant should have a hoppy American beer (Goose Island IPA, say, or Brooklyn Lager), a strong dark trappist in a 75cl bottle (Westmalle Dubbel, La Trappe Dubbel) and a quality German weissbier (Schneider Weisse, Paulaner). That'll cover most foods, I'd say.

    That sounds like a restaurant I'd go to!


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    Pixelcraft wrote: »
    That sounds like a restaurant I'd go to!
    ... and a wine list consisting of Black Tower and Blossom Hill. Not that I'm a reactionary or anything :p


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,139 ✭✭✭olaola


    oblivious wrote: »

    Chimay blue with duck, duvel with clams and past are examples

    It's not a Belgian influenced restaurant.

    And I wouldn't go to the pub to drink wine.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,381 ✭✭✭oblivious


    olaola wrote: »
    It's not a Belgian influenced restaurant.

    it was just examples, but what about french Bierre de Garde


    but i suspect the have a wine list form around the world?


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    olaola wrote: »
    It's not a Belgian influenced restaurant.
    Nor an Argentinian, New Zealand, or Australian influenced one. What's your point?
    olaola wrote: »
    And I wouldn't go to the pub to drink wine.
    I suspect that's because, with a few exceptions (Gibney's of Malahide springs immediately to mind), the wine served in pubs is rubbish.

    Wouldn't the eating and drinking scene be a better place if quality beer and quality wine could be got in both pubs and restaurants. The UK is much better at this sort of thing than we are, and there's no reason it can't happen here.

    Is something threatened by a call for better beer in restaurants, or better wine in pubs for that matter?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,139 ✭✭✭olaola


    I don't get you tbh, if I was going to Belgian influenced starred restaurant, I would perhaps expect a more extensive list of beer.
    It's a French influenced starred restaurant. Classic French cuisine at this level doesn't tend to include beer as an accompaniment to the courses.

    If you want to drink beer, go somewhere else! I don't order 1/4 bottles of plonk from the local, and I don't expect them to hold onto a stock of decent wine either. As that is not what their clientele going for.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    olaola wrote: »
    I don't get you
    Put simply, I'm in favour of better choice and higher quality in the retail drinks trade in Ireland.
    olaola wrote: »
    It's a French influenced starred restaurant.
    I've been looking at the menu (and I've been in a few times) and I disagree with you. Chapter One is very very Irish. "House cured and smoked organic salmon"; "Fergusons smoked bacon"; "Galway rock oysters" -- they're very good at sourcing top-notch Irish food. There's nothing that insists that this must be served with drinks from France, Australia, Italy or New Zealand.
    olaola wrote: »
    If you want to drink beer, go somewhere else!
    Well, obviously, we do. My point is that it's not that way other places, and it needn't be here.
    olaola wrote: »
    I don't order 1/4 bottles of plonk from the local
    And if the local had wines you actually like, would you order them?
    olaola wrote: »
    and I don't expect them to hold onto a stock of decent wine either. As that is not what their clientele going for.
    But they have created this low expectation. It's a race to the bottom and the customer -- me and you -- lose out. There's no risk in having a couple of bottles of decent, strong, sharable beer, with a long shelf-life, sitting in the cellar next to the wines, and listed on the menu with the same sort of tasting notes as the wines gets. It can even be served in a wine glass.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 89 ✭✭chahop


    I had Sam Adams boston larger, the Chimay blue and red, Duval, Pilnsner Urquel, Fransinkaner, Spaten, Tiger, O'haras stout, Spitfire and there was a couple more.
    Sorry about the spelling but just getting ready to open up.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    chahop wrote: »
    the Chimay blue and red, Duval
    These don't go off, any more than wine does. Chimay Blue is a vintage product: the year of production is on the label, it can be cellared for years, and the character will change as it does so.

    It's an unfortunate feature of our food safety laws that beer must have a best before date on it, but it can generally be ignored on bottle conditioned ales that are over 6% or so.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,839 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    olaola wrote: »
    I don't get you tbh, if I was going to Belgian influenced starred restaurant, I would perhaps expect a more extensive list of beer.
    It's a French influenced starred restaurant. Classic French cuisine at this level doesn't tend to include beer as an accompaniment to the courses.

    If you want to drink beer, go somewhere else! I don't order 1/4 bottles of plonk from the local, and I don't expect them to hold onto a stock of decent wine either. As that is not what their clientele going for.

    I never understand why people get so upset and defensive when it is suggested that quality establishments serve a choice of quality beer.
    No one is suggesting that it should be instead of an extensive list of wine or Port or whiskey or brandy or liqueurs or aperitifs etc etc.
    It is simply being suggested that a list of quality beers should compliment the other alcoholic beverages available. Choice is the key word.

    Olaola, are you suggesting that that beer shouldn't be served in restaurants at all or are you suggesting that only mainstream, industrial lager be served?
    They don't serve mainstream industrial food of wine in Chapter One, so why serve beer like that?

    In these sort of discussions I'v come across so much hostility from people who seem to think that providing choice will somehow negatively affect their experience.
    I quote: "I'll drink what I want, where I want and don't want whingy beer snobs like you telling me what to do".
    Now, I don't care what anyone else decides to drink but I would like to see more choice of quality beverages for everyone.
    Why are people so afraid of that?

    PS Chahop, that was a fine list to offer - such a shame more people didn't avail of it.

    Personally, I like wine with my dinner but I really enjoy a good beer after my dinner (and sometimes before). Maybe if a bottle of dark beer was suggested to people with a cheese plate, they might go for it. Or certain beers with dessert. Unfortunately lots of pubs and restaurants stock good beer but often the customer has no way of knowing about it or are never encouraged to try something new!

    OK rant over!


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    if a bottle of dark beer was suggested to people with a cheese plate, they might go for it. Or certain beers with dessert.
    Excellent point. Beer goes with foods that wine struggles with -- cheeses and chocolate in particular. Suggesting a small glass of Samuel Adams Triple Bock or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout in place of a port with a chocolate dessert is a great idea; or Rochefort 10 with a cheese plate.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,839 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    BeerNut wrote: »
    Excellent point. Beer goes with foods that wine struggles with -- cheeses and chocolate in particular. Suggesting a small glass of Samuel Adams Triple Bock or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout in place of a port with a chocolate dessert is a great idea; or Rochefort 10 with a cheese plate.


    And, also, the concept of serving 75cl bottles to be shared would be a good idea - even 33cl can be split nicely between two if it's a heavy/strong beer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,139 ✭✭✭olaola


    Olaola, are you suggesting that that beer shouldn't be served in restaurants at all or are you suggesting that only mainstream, industrial lager be served?
    They don't serve mainstream industrial food of wine in Chapter One, so why serve beer like that?

    Where am I suggesting they shouldn't serve beer? I am suggesting people should stop moaning about their selection. IMO it's not within this restaurants remit to serve 'selected' beers.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭BeerNut


    olaola wrote: »
    it's not within this restaurants remit to serve 'selected' beers.
    So the food has to be first rate, the wine has to be first rate; the spirits are doubtless first rate; but the beer is allowed to be any old rubbish.

    That just seems wrong to me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,839 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    BeerNut wrote: »
    So the food has to be first rate, the wine has to be first rate; the spirits are doubtless first rate; but the beer is allowed to be any old rubbish.

    That just seems wrong to me.

    No, it's perfectly reasonable - you're moaning!!

    And it would be perfectly acceptable for then to serve instant coffee - it's not in their remit to serve quality coffee - if you want that then go to a café !


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,839 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    BeerNut wrote: »
    About the only proper restaurant in Dublin with a decent beer list (and the only retail outlet for Double L cider AFAIK) is The Winding Stair.

    Yes but, as I said, many establishments stock beers but do nothing to encourage customers to try them.
    I just looked at The Winding Stair's website - not a single mention of the beer that they do stock (beautiful wine list, though).


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,931 ✭✭✭az2wp0sye65487


    olaola wrote: »
    You don't go to Chapter One to drink beer.

    I'd prefer a nice beer to a glass of wine with my meal. Why should I be deprived of that?
    olaola wrote: »
    I don't get you tbh, if I was going to Belgian influenced starred restaurant, I would perhaps expect a more extensive list of beer.
    It's a French influenced starred restaurant. Classic French cuisine at this level doesn't tend to include beer as an accompaniment to the courses.

    If you want to drink beer, go somewhere else! I don't order 1/4 bottles of plonk from the local, and I don't expect them to hold onto a stock of decent wine either. As that is not what their clientele going for.
    olaola wrote: »
    Where am I suggesting they shouldn't serve beer? I am suggesting people should stop moaning about their selection. IMO it's not within this restaurants remit to serve 'selected' beers.

    I must say, there is a slight hint of 'snobbery' coming from what you're saying. I have had no real exposure to; or experience with wines.

    To be honest, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a Merlot and a Sauvignon Blanc - apart from the colour of course (That's right, I Googled them!). Maybe I'm just not as sophisticated or as well travelled as some, but I still appreciate a nice beer. So should I be denied what I want, just because it's supposedly not in their remit? Good beer is just as important as wine to compliment a good meal - from a beer drinker's perspective.

    I printed off Chapter One's wine list today; and it is 26 A4 pages long. Possibly with every type of wine imaginable from all around the world. But what selection of beer is there? Hardly any.


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