Be one who drinks the finest of ales.
Every day without fail.
Even when you have drank enough,
Remember that ale is wonderful stuff.
Ireland is a land of several treasures – be it history, culture, natural splendor, literature or music, there’s so much on offer you sometimes don’t know how to take it all in. I made an attempt in one of my earlier posts to uncover some quirky Irish facts & lay bare some common myths [Read: 11 Irish Facts & Myth Busters]. The one thing that really stole my heart in this land of merry, boisterous men was the countless number of lip-smacking beers, ales & stouts it produced.
A substantial portion of the market is dominated by the usual suspects in the form of multinational conglomerate brands such as Guinness, Beamish & Murphy’s; but there indeed is a swift undercurrent of demand for local brews & craft beer. I stumbled upon some of the yummiest brews I’ve ever tasted, sometimes at a craft beer powerhorse like PorterHouse Brewing Co. in Dublin and sometimes a rundown little shed that doubled up as a brewery in an obscure town in Co. Kerry.
Truth be told – if you are willing to look past the customary Guinness (which has sadly become symbolic of Irish beer), you’ll find plenty that will literally blow your mind. It really doesn’t get any better for a beer connoisseur than this – amazing beer, coupled with friendly fellow men & women and every night out at the local pub feels like the world’s best party.
It was no mean task to select my fab6 (I know it’s fab5, but I couldn’t get myself to excluding any of these awesome brews) from amongst the countless brews I tasted – some I couldn’t include quite simply because they didn’t as much as have a name! While these 6 are amongst the best I found, I’d recommend that you always try the local brew wherever you find yourself at in Ireland – you’d be pleasantly surprised by what you find 🙂