Gilroy Brewery - 120 years behind the times

Ode to Gilroy

GB Friends email No 209 June 04 2017


Something a little different this week – the Gilroy interpretation of a humorous ditty we found on YouTube. Thanks to The Snake Oil Willie Band for the music and inspiration.


She said that I don’t look good naked anymore.

My belly’s growing down towards the floor.

And it’s very plain to see,

Some bits aren’t where they used to be.

And she said I don’t look good naked anymore.


I said that remark is so unfounded,

I am merely nicely rounded.

And in some light I still think that I look fine.

But things get in a muddle,

When you’re trying to have a cuddle,

She says, “That belly is not going to rub on mine!”


So, I cut out fats and sweets,

And all those other tasty treats.

And I drank more Gilroy beer, but that’s for sure.

‘Cos you know you should be slimmin’

When in the company of women.

She says, “He don’t look good naked anymore!”


Since I’ve lost a bit of fuller figure,

Seems that my manhood’s getting bigger.

Or is it just that I can see a little more?

Well I get full of vim and vigour,

When my finger’s on her trigger,

And she says I don’t look bad naked anymore.


Well I’m not too bad naked anymore

And tonight I do believe I’m going to score.

And that’s the end of that, although I’m still a little fat,

She says I’m not too bad naked anymore.



The Gilroy Traditional SaluteThe salute of the raised mid-digit - or "impertinent finger" if you will - is intended as a worthy challenge to other brewers to brew a better beer. We believe it is an impossible feat.

As legend has it (according to Geat Aunt Amy, the family historian) Alousius Gilroy, renowned brew master of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, first used this glorious gesture circa 1856.
And after one and a half centuries, the challenge still stands intact.

An alternative and more plausible interpretation may be that "There can only be one."

The raised mid-digit appears on the Gilroy coat of arms, and features on all things Gilroy. Celebrate the day, and order a Gilroy today. Raise the mid-digit, smile broadly (this is imperative to avoid injury) and say "Another fine Gilroy Ale please."

Oh, and when ordering two Gilroy Ales, the polite thing to do is to raise two HANDS, each with the mid-digit raised in the traditional manner.


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11h00 - 18h00. .... only the Pub is open
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11h30 – 23h00 (Kitchen closes 22h00)
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Gilroy Serious

Gilroy Serious


The premium dark ale - Gilroy Serious

A rich, strong ale for the serious drinker. The amber and dark malts yields a dark warm claret colour to Gilroy Serious. This is extremely well made and easy to drink. A rare handcrafted masterpiece from the southern hemisphere.

B J Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: NINE

Gilroy Traditional

Gilroy Traditional


Gilroy Traditional is a Ruby Ale. 

Our classic ruby ale - a magnificent explosion of flavours on the tongue. Great rustic flavour in the traditional way. A beer to come home to. Handcrafted red ale, elegantly rustic, a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

B J Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: EIGHT

Gilroy Favourite

Gilroy Favourite


Favourite is Gilroy's pale ale.

A superb light ale brewed with paler - golden and amber - malts, and Gilroy's own yeast.  This beer is well bodied, easy to drink - a session beer with a well-balanced finish. Underlying flavours of round summer fruits and slightly caramelised honey. 

BJ Lankwarden, SA Beer Drinkers Guide Rating: SEVEN

Gilroy Lager

Gilroy Lager


This lager is a European type Lager.

The Gilroy Lager is brewed to the Rheinheitsgebot - using Czeck Saaz and German Halletau hops and Gilroy's wonderful lager yeast, matured for 8 weeks. A well balanced, flavoursome naturally carbonated lager.

A session beer which fills the mouth with great body and a long finish.

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music live every weekend at gilroy beer garden

Live entertainment: Saturdays & Sundays.

To avoid disappointment please book for weekends.

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The Legend of the Gauntlet


Every tour of the Gilroy Brewery includes a recounting of the great and famous Legend of the Gauntlet. Every tour ends with the traditional salute!  Read about this fine tradition.

And of course the Ode to the Raised Middle Finger may be inspiring too!

Good beer....good food!

Appetite teaser. We highlight some of our favourite favourites...

Venison Carpaccio; Chorizo Toast; Irish Pub Style Potato Skins

Ploughman's Platter; Beer Batter Fish & Chips; Gammon Steak with Mash & Sauerkraut; Beef & Onion Pie; Sweet Chilli Chicken Wraps; Vegetarian Wrap

Create your own nibbling basket - Chips, Ribs, Crumbed Prawns, Halloumi

Sweet endings - Apple Crumble Tart; Black Forest Gateaux, Cape Malva

Children's Menu includes Fish Fingers & Chips; Cheese Burger; Macaroni & Cheese.