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Beer Bread Made with Dead Irish Poet by Kieran Folliard

February 28, 2021 4:26 pm

If you’ve been to Ireland, you’ve already tasted this. If you haven’t – there’s a unique chance to discover it in The Twin Cities.  Old friends collaborate to bring a slice of Ireland to The Twin Cities in support of Minnesota’s Irish Fair. Kieran Folliard, Irish born entrepreneur and founder of Food Building, has teamed […]

If you’ve been to Ireland, you’ve already tasted this. If you haven’t – there’s a unique chance to discover it in The Twin Cities. 

Old friends collaborate to bring a slice of Ireland to The Twin Cities in support of Minnesota’s Irish Fair. Kieran Folliard, Irish born entrepreneur and founder of Food Building, has teamed up with Jacquie Berglund of FINNEGANS, Maeve O’Mara at Irish on Grand and Irish Fair’s Tom Whelan to promote and cultivate Irish culture ahead of Saint Patrick’s Day. 

“Wouldn’t you love to be waking up in a Bed & Breakfast and tucking into a big Irish fry-up in the morning? Then wrapping up warm for a brisk walk along a windy beach, ducking into a cozy pub for a fresh bowl of chowder by the smell of the turf fire, looking out at the ocean with a stout in hand…”” Folliard continues, “We got to talking about these things we’d be doing in Ireland if we could travel back for a day, and like it often does when you’re looking for a taste of home, the conversation turned to food. The one thing all these meals have in common is the Irish brown bread, or soda bread, with a generous lashing of bright yellow butter.” 

The bread is everywhere in Ireland, and more than likely familiar to anyone who’s visited, but nearly impossible to get or even bake in the US. Intricate differences in the flour make ‘an authentic Irish loaf’ feel like a long way off for those craving a slice of Ireland. 

Folliard has challenged the master millers at Baker’s Field Flour and Bread to create an authentic Irish brown loaf out of NE Minneapolis’s Food Building. For every loaf sold, $2 will be donated to Irish Fair of Minnesota, one of the largest Irish festivals in the US. A version of the brown bread will feature a stout from FINNEGANS Brew Co – Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout. 

“We knew to get it right we needed visibility of the whole process which is why it made sense for Baker’s Field Flour & Bread to lead the charge. As stone-millers who revere traditional practices and have a history of collaboration between farmers, millers and bakers, we were able to experiment at each level of the process until we got it just perfect. We had members of the Irish community here in The Twin Cities, like Maeve at Irish on Grand, taste loaf after loaf and give feedback, us Irish take our soda bread very seriously so there was huge pressure to get it just so! When we included FINNEGANS stout, there was just enough of Ireland with added local magic we knew we had to share that version for Saint Patrick’s Day too.” 

The collaboration between Berglund and Folliard is a natural one, due to shared business values of social entrepreneurship and a professional friendship between the two spanning more than twenty years. Having spent 10 years on the board of Irish Fair himself, it’s no surprise that Folliard is rallying together with such institutions of Irish culture in the Twin Cities as Irish on Grand, to promote and celebrate Irish Fair of Minnesota. 

The bread will be available in two types, a classic brown soda bread and another beer bread version featuring FINNEGANS Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout. Available for purchase at Kieran’s Kitchen in Mpls and at Irish on Grand in Saint Paul from March 5th through 21st in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. Loaves will retail for $6, with $2 going to Irish Fair MN.  

Pre-order through FINNEGANS, for pick-up on 3/17 at the taproom here (choose any pick-up time to process the order, your real pick up will be 12-7pm 3/17).

Order through Kieran’s Kitchen 3/5-3/21 for pick-up here.

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