Galway Bay Brewery

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Ballybrit Upper, Monivea Road
County Galway

+353 (0)91 448390 | map

Formerly "The Oslo".

Added by JohnfromDublin on 05-19-2010

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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3.44/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.16/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of hopanimal
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is by far the best beer destination outside of Dublin...and the only brewpub/gastro pub we've found outside Dublin. As mentioned, they've been open since 2009, and their slogan on the window matches Falling Rock in Denver: "No Crap on Tap" - and they live up to it. Their entire lineup is rock solid and has an American flair as far as experimentation and style interpretations. Like a much toned down version of Brew Dog, I'd say they are leading the charge in ireland microbrewing right now.

They had 7-8 of their own in tap including the seasonal/rotating beer which was an American-dry hopped saison, likely Citra, and damn tasty. Their American IPA and stout also worth a pint or two. Guest drafts included Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye (which I also saw at 2 places in Dublin), Augustiner helles, Schlenkerla, founders centennial IPA, and many more. Many Brew Dog and Anchor bottles, and a few Founders bottles.

Price is standard for Europe, which means a bit pricey compared to the states, but you get what you pay for in quality: excellent. Food was also quite good. Seafood chowder the best I had in Ireland. Staff was overly friendly, although we were there for lunch and the place was all but empty. We even got a brief tour of the small brewery...which is expanding again this year to a larger facility.

Bottom line: if you are reading this on BeerAdvocate, then you need to go here.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I visited Galway Bay Brewery (the Oslo) on vacation in Salthill/Galway in October 2013. From speaking with the server they have been open for 4 years now, and their beer selection continues to expand and improve. They have a lunch menu 12-4pm and dinner menu 4pm-9pm, and the food is good and reasonably priced. I tried the Voyager IPA and Full Sail IPAs, both were some of the better craft beers we've had on our stay in Ireland. This was the first place we've come across in Ireland that has a true "microbrewery" feel to it. If you're in the area it is definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This fine place (a former cinema) was opened as a brewpub towards the end of 2009. They brew two beers; Bay Ale and Bay Lager on the premises. These two beers are also sold in other outlets owned by the same company (The Salt House, The Cottage). They also have Galway Hooker on tap as well as the usual macros. They also have a fairly decent bottled beer selection, though they seem a bit on the pricey side.

It is spacious, nicely decorated and easy to locate in Salthill. You can walk there from Galway city centre, or take the local bus.

I haven't tried the food, but by all accounts it is good fare.

EDIT: October 2010; I revisited the place on a Sunday evening. There was a match being shown on the big screen (right at the back), but it was easy to avoid this by staying in the front part. They have a very good selection of imported bottled beers, but their own Bay Lager is very drinkable. We also had a plate of cheeses, sliced meats and olives for €10 that was very good.

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Galway Bay Brewery in County Galway, Ireland
Brewery rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 329 ratings