Beer guide to Ireland
Home of the Black Stuff
Irish Beer: Traditionally, until well into the 18th century, Ireland only brewed ales with no hops (hops aren’t native to Ireland) until stouts (dark malty beers) overtook ales in popularity. The most universally famous is the unique tasting black stout invented by Arthur Guinness in 1759 in Dublin. More recently, lagers have dented the market dominance of Guinness, and Harp Lager, brewed in Dundalk, is sure to available at the airport.
Brews to look out for
1798 Revolution: A 4.7 per cent AVB beer brewed by Guinness’ competitor, the Dublin Brewing Company.
Maeve’s: Another 4.7 per cent AVB beer brewed by the same company.
Murphy’s Stout: A beer locally brewed in Cork and the only stout said to truly compete effectively with the ever famous Guinness. It’s less bitter than its rival with a nutty flavour and a hint of coffee, so if passing through Cork, this is the one to ask for. The same brewery is owned by the ubiquitous Heineken and also produces Irish Red ale for export, which might be available at the airport.
Guinness, Murphy’s Stout, and Harp Lager: As there are no nearby, big breweries in Shannon, Ireland’s other International Airport, visitors will have to make do with any of these three lagers. It’s advisable to ask for the draught rather than bottled versions, and watch the bartenders work their skill at pouring the beers to get the trademark "head" just right. The process can take a few minutes, but can be well worth it, especially if the pourer etches a shamrock into the head.
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Updated May 2014