The Galway Hooker – The Queen Bee of Irish Brews!
Type: Pale Ale
Obvious jokes apart, The Galway Hooker is an absolute winner! Named after the iconic local fishing boats, this fine ale was first brewed by cousins Ronan Brennan & Aidan Murphy. The beer was brewed to serve a purpose – providing a local beer for those not wanting a Guinness. It was a challenge; but the tasty pale ale has won many plaudits and most importantly, a fierce local following. Quoting the inventors, “There’s a love of good beer in this country, but a lack of variety. People are slow to change their drinking habits. We were careful which pubs we put it into – places where people are open-minded and it didn’t outlast its keg life”, claim the confident co-brewers!
Aided with a nice grainy, wheaty smell with a tinge of clove for balance, the Hooker opens really well with all the hoppy bitterness of a classic pale, combined with the solid drinkability of a good draught and a very curious citrusy aftertaste that simply makes you want to have more and more. The light to medium body with decent carbonation only adds to its overall value.
Ask for a Hooker at pubs across Galway (careful not to wink inappropriately – HA!); not only will you get yourself a superior brew, but also earn the approving nod of locals around and an express entry to their intimate social circles 🙂
Discovered At: Quay Street, Galway, Co. Galway
Overall Rating: 4.25/5