About Irish Beer

Ireland: Stout Country

Although the country sports a handful of microbreweries, it cannot be said that one goes to Ireland to discover diversity in brewing styles. This is not to say Ireland does not produce noteworthy beer—especially if one likes dry stout, Guinness in particular. Guinness is brewed in a number of places around the world, but most Guinness exported to the U.S. market originate from the St. James Gate brewery in Dublin. Of course, this beer is even more creamy and flavorful when found directly in Irish pubs. Bottle-conditioned Guinness is available in the U.S., as are “widget” cans. Other popular Irish stouts available in the U.S. markets are Murphy’s, made by the Lady’s Well Brewery in Cork, and Beamish, made by Newcastle.
Top Picks for Ireland
Boyne Brewhouse
Irish Craft IPA
Brilliant amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange-mango chutney, pineapple cake, pine blossoms, and forest floor with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a refreshing, medium-long frisée with lemon vinaigrette, grapefruit, peppered rapini and radishes, and vegetable chips finish. A rock solid ipa-like pale ale with invigorating bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Adams Cider Company
Devils Bit Mountain Cider
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple yogurt, sour cream frosting, and apple pastry with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length lemon spritzed apple and melon, honeyed nuts, and straw finish. A flavorful and finely balanced Irish cider with lovely tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Pear Hard Cider
Clear bright silver color. Lively, yeasty, funky aromas of overripe pears citrus, brewer’s yeast, baked salted root vegetables, and straw with an even, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, swift honeyed apples and melons, vanilla, and minerals finish. A complex and nuanced perry with a solid core of fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Boyne Brewhouse
Pagan's Pillar Sparkling Copper Ale
Nearly opaque hazy dark copper color. Creamy aromas and flavors of flan, buttered dark nut toast, and caramel cake with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long toasted nuts and grains, sprouts and radicchio, and pepper finish. A fun caramelly ale with a nice smack of peppery hops on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Nitro IPA
Dusty bright maroon color. Lively, interesting aromas of floral honey, granola, kiwi marmalade, and moss with a supple, soft, bubbly, dryish light body and a smooth, odd, quick white chocolate nuts, fig bread, vanilla-orange custard, and river stones finish. An interesting creamy malty ipa with a soft hop impression that is more of a mild ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Medium Dry Irish Hard Cider
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of fresh golden apples, tart golden raspberry, spearmint, and banana pudding with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length champagne vinaigrette, walnut, and fruit cup finish. A friendly, fruity cider for carefree crushing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Boyne Brewhouse
Amber Ale
Clear amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted raisin bread, chocolate nuts, and straw with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, snappy honey roasted nuts, watercress, and hint of bbq rub finish. A pleasant, versatile amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Boyne Brewhouse
Born in a Day Pale Ale
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of succotash and orange phyllo pastry with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long grilled kale and radicchio, lemon pepper, roasted nuts, and leaves finish. A nice dry session pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Sparkling Prestige Hard Cider
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of wheat grass and pink grapefruit, roasted almond, zucchini, and black pepper sauce with a satiny, lively, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy lime zest finish. A lively and balanced cider for any occasion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Boyne Brewhouse
Long Arm Dortmunder Export
Gold color. Earthy, vegetal aromas and flavors of dusty root vegetable, mustard greens, toasted pepper bread, and flower garden with a supple, soft, dry medium body and a short peppered spinach, baked citrus, and parchment finish. A very dry and earthy dortmunder.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab