Traveling Tuesday: The Old Dublin Pub – Wallingford, CT

If you even find yourself spending an evening or two in Wallingford, Connecticut, the first thing you’ll want to know is where you might find a decent pint. Well, actually, I guess you’re probably first going to want to know exactly where Wallingford, CT is and why in the name of Charlie Papazian’s Benevolent Beard anyone would go there.

As to its location, if you were to look it up in some sort of magically map image made up of pixels made up of electrons (like this) you’d see that Wallingford is one of those little cities between two other places that you always wonder about while expressway road tripping from Point A to Point B. More specifically, Wallingford is somewhere in Connecticut, south of Hartford and just north of New Haven.  As to why you might go there, I can’t really venture a guess. It’s not exactly a Travel Destination. I had to go there a couple of times this spring on business. But for someone who’s not me, like, say, all the rest of you, the only other reason I can think to go would be the Old Dublin Pub.

I generally try not to be too fanboy-ish about a  place I’ve only been once or twice.  I mean, let’s be honest, even an airport bar can have a good day every now and then.  But I’ve been to the Old Dublin on two separate occasions, spaced roughly a month apart, and I don’t know how else to put it: if I lived near anywhere the Old Dublin, it would be my regular, home pub.

Look! The bar! And the first of many taps!
More Taps!
Yes, three shots just to get all the taps. Blame my phone.

I say that for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, the Old Dublin’s atmosphere is exactly what  I’m looking for in a place to hang my hat for a bit and quaff a pint or two.  It’s darkish and full of warm wood but doesn’t feel like you’re trapped underground in preparation for a role as a dwarf in next Hobbit movie. Second, the place is equally inviting to first-time customers as everyday regulars.  And, oh, does the place have regulars.  As I said, I’ve only been there twice and I recognized several people the second time around.

Now, I know what’s going through your head.  “Puddin,” you think, “every place has some sad, lonely barflies that have exactly two friends in the world: the beer in front of them and the bartender that served it.” And, sure, the Old Dublin probably has some of those.  But the regulars I saw came in mostly for a couple of pints, some friendly conversation, and maybe a round of darts.  They were met like Norm from Cheers and sipped their pints while comfortably chatting about the everyday with other patrons.

Even more impressive, that goes for everyone there. I found myself drawn into several conversations in the brief time I spent there, and usually when I visit someplace alone I’m about as likely to join in a discussion with strangers as I am sing a karaoke rendition of, well, anything.

I found the tap selection impressive both times I visited, especially for a smallish local pub.  As you can from the pictures, they have quite a few handles and nary a single one from the Big 3. What you probably can’t see from the pictures (well, unless you get all squinty) is the fairly even distribution of regional beers with national ones.  Guinness, Bass, Newcastle, and Sierra Nevada stood next to taps from Bluepoint Brewing and Back East Brewing.

A sampler of four 6-oz pours for $7.


That’s a mess of bangers and fries. I surely didn’t go hungry.
You can always tell good beer bar…
…by the glassware. The Old Dublin has glasses…
…perfecly suited to the brew of your choice, from a Belgian to a blonde ale.

Are there better places to enjoy a beer in the world?  Maybe. Are there better places in Wallingford, CT? I highly doubt it.  Either way, for my money, if you’re looking for a comfortable pub to enjoy an evening of a excellent beer, tasty pub food, and even better people, I don’t know that’ll find anyplace more welcoming than the Old Dublin Pub.

Of course, whether or not you want to go to Wallingford, CT is something I’ll have to leave entirely up to you.


This Week in Beer: December 24 – 30, 2012

We frequently get updates for our This Week in Beer post after our regular 9:00 am publishing time. Any edited listing will have UPDATE at the beginning of the listing.

Monday, Dec. 24th – 1/3 off Craft beer bottles at Moerlein Lager House

Monday, Dec. 24th – Beer of the Day Special at Rock Bottom Brewery
Each Monday, Mitch the brew master at Rock Bottom highlights a beer and you can enjoy it for just $3.25 all day.

Tuesday, Dec. 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

UPDATE Wednesday, Dec. 26th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Take Home the Glass Night at Taste of Belgium
This week’s beer is Gulden Draak.

Wednesday, Dec. 26th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Thursday, Dec. 27th at 5:00-7:00 pm – Firefighter Tribute & Toast at the Holy Grail at the Banks

Join Farmer Geoff from Oskar Blues for a toast to local firefighters with a G’Knight from Oskar Blues. This “velvet M-80” G’Night was created to honor a fallen Colorado firefighter Gordon Knight (learn more at Holy Grail will also provide FREE chili to firefighters.

Thursday, Dec. 27th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Covington – Sam Adams Winter Ale, Hyde Park – Newcastle, and Glendale – Sam Adams Winter Ale.

Thursday, Dec. 27th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, Dec. 28th – $7 Growler Fills at Moerlein Lager House

Friday, Dec. 28th from 6:00-7:00 pm – Friday Night Flights Beer Tasting at Party Town in Florence

Friday, Dec. 28th from 7:00-10:00 pm – Beer and Wine Tasting at Everything’s d’ Vine
$12 per person to taste six beers and six wines. Snacks too!

Friday, Dec. 28th – Firkin Friday at Cock & Bull Hyde Park

Saturday, Dec. 29th from 5:00-8:00pm – Beer Tasting at Ludlow Wines

Growlers and Tastings Report: January 27, 2012

● For tonight’s Friday Night Flights at Party Town in Florence, they will be pouring new brews from Full Sail, Newcastle, 2012 return of Three Floyd’s Behemoth Barley Wine AND, the newly available in Kentucky, Green Flash! The cost for the regular tasting is $2 for a full flight of beers and it goes from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

● On the Growler Station at Party Town in Florence: Against The Grain KY Ryed Chicquen ($10.99), Avery Samael ($32.99), Stone Oaked Arrogant β@$$†μrd ($12.99), Southern Tier Farmer’s Tan ($13.99), Leinenkugel Big Eddy ($10.99), Stone Ruination ($11.99), Against The Grain Freakin’ on ESB ($8.99), Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold ($7.99), New Holland Dragon’s Milk ($12.99), Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter ($7.99), Rogue Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Ale, Three Floyds Gumballhead ($8.99), Widmer Drifter Pale Ale ($9.99), Southern Tier Choklat ($16.99), Southern Tier Krampus ($11.99), Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Siberian Night ($25.99), Southern Tier Unearthly IPA $12.99 and Woodchuck Amber ($6.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00. Quart, pint and new GALLON size growlers are also available.

● On the Growler Station at Party Source in Bellevue: Founders Breakfast Stout ($16.99), Rivertown Dunkel ($11.99), Brooklyn Monster Ale ($10.99), Unibroue Ephemere Cassis ($10.99), Roman Rince Cochon ($26.99), Against the Grain Who Schwarted ($6.99), BBC Queen’s Knickers ($12.99) and North Coast Red Seal ($10.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.00.

● The now FOUR tap growler station at Market Wines in Findlay Market had Dark Horse “Too Cream” Stout ($14/growler and $5/glass), Founders Centennial IPA ($12/growler and $4/glass), Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine ($15/growler and $5/glass) and Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour ($15/growler and $5/glass). Add $3 if you need to purchase a growler.

● On the Growler Station at One Stop Liquors (10 Donnermeyer Dr., Bellevue, KY), they currently have Rivertown Winter Ale ($12.99), Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ($10.99) and Thirsty Dog Hoppus Maximus ($13.99). All prices are for a refill. For a new growler, add $2.99. Also, receive $5 off your 6th refill.

● As of January 13th, Whole Foods Market Cincinnati growler station offerings are Southern Tier Old Man Winter, Anderson Valley 2XIPA, Yuengling Black and Tan, North Peak Dark Angel and Stone IPA. Southern Tier 2X Stout is coming soon. Regular fill prices are $7.49 for the 32 oz growler and $14.99 for the 64 oz growler. They also have Happy Hour pricing on Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with $4.99 for the 32 oz growler and $9.99 for the 64 oz growler. For a new growler, add $3.99.

● Whole Foods Market growler station offerings (as of January 11th) are Southern Tier Old Man Winter, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Left Hand Milk Stout, North Peak Dubious, Mt. Carmel Squirrel Bite and 21st Amendment Back in Black. Regular fill prices are $7.49 for the 32 oz growler and $14.99 for the 64 oz growler. They also have Happy Hour every Monday through Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. You can get $2.99 select pints, $1 off 32oz growler fill and $2 off 64oz growler fill. For a new growler, add $3.99.

● As of December 16th, the growler stations at DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Covington had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($6.49), Anderson Valley IPA ($6.49), Ommegang Witte ($6.99) and Rogue American Amber ($6.99). The DEP’s in Fort Thomas has Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous ($10.99), Schneider Weiss ($7.99), Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA ($6.99), New Albanian Hoptimus ($8.99), Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale ($5.99) and Left Hand Ju Ju Ginger ($8.99).

● As of December 4th, at the Growler Station at the Liquor Cabinet (1990 N Bend Rd # A Hebron, KY), they have Arcadia Ales London Style Porter, Schlafly Christmas Ale, Schlafly Coffee Stout and Point Cascade Pale Ale. For a new growler, add $2.00.

This Week in Beer: December 26, 2011 – January 1, 2012

With it being a holiday week, we’ve only listed confirmed events. We expect to add more events throughout the week as they are confirmed.

Wednesday, December 28th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Beer Tasting at Marty’s Hops and Vines

Wednesday, December 28th at 7:00 pm – Monthly Keg Tapping at Hofbräuhaus Newport
This month, it’s the Bergbock (6.8 % Alc. by Volume).

Thursday, December 29th at 6:00 pm – Firkin Tapping at Rock Bottom Brewery

Thursday, December 29th at 6:00-10:00 pm – Pint Night Thursdays at Cock & Bull (all three locations)
The beers for this week’s Pint Night Thursdays are: Covington – DogFish Head 90 Minute IPA, Glendale – NewCastle, and Hyde Park – Brooklyn Brown Ale.