An Irish pub in the middle of town, or “Iiri Pubi” if you speak Eesti (Estonian), Sweet Rosie has been open for 4 years, following in the footsteps of a punk bar that preceded it… I guess punk is now truly dead, the last bastions that survived in this remote corner of the Baltics now extinct. Anyway, Sweet Rosie comes recommended from a gent from Boston I met, and I’m glad that Sam Malone is personified instead by his younger Viking girlfriends. I decided on local, popular favourite beer – the charming Kaia served me a half litre of Saku Originaal.
Saku established as a brewery in 1820, and is still going strong being brewed just outside of Tallinn, albeit under foreign ownership now. The “Original” is a light lager beer, only 21 years old (so hardly original) and uses crystal filtration to preserve it instead of pasteurisation… it slips down nicely at 5.2%. Too many of these lagers and the writing gets sporadic – best to move onto the 4.6% “Kuld” that hails from the same Saku stables, boasting to be the “cream of beers – masterfully balancing the strength of Nordic barley malt and velvety smoothness of sunny German Hallertau aroma hops… the purest taste of Kuld was achieved thanks to the German beer Purity Law Reinheitsgebot.”. I love marketing.
Linda served the next pint with the same Estonian grim expression that I have become accustomed to – don’t expect any service staff to give you a grin like a Cheshire Cat – perfectly charming lady, just culturally perfect. The Kuld is fine too, and could well wash down some Irish fayre (fish & chips / Irish breakfast / Rosie’s soft beefsteak) or, indeed, offerings from Parnu bay: herring plate; Greaves a la Kamikaze; or crabclaws with dillweed sauce… I’ll definitely try Kamikaze! Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I suppose.
The bar is quite crowded, and I wait for 15 minutes. I notice the other beers on tap: Guinness (Irish pub!); Newcastle Brown; Leffe Blonde; Staropramen; and grapefruit Sinebrychoff Long Drink, as well as Weston’s cider and Kiss perry. And then… St Peters Ruby Red & St Peters Cream Stout, both 2 miles from where I now live in Norfolk! It’s strange what home boutique beers travel as far as you do.
Ah, here is the fried bacon & soured cream (Kamikaze) snack – clearly ‘Kamikaze’ on the basis that the obvious local ingredient readily available and core ingredient to most dishes round here is missing: cabbage. And what else would you expect to be served with bacon in an Irish pub? Absolutely Kamikaze!