The Beal Ban – The King of Irish Beers
Type: Blonde Ale
By far my favorite Irish beer by quite some distance, I stumbled upon Beal Ban at the outstanding Marina Inn Pub in Ireland’s daintiest town – Dingle! Brewed ) at the neighborhood West Kerry Brewery (a.k.a Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne), Beal Ban was an instant winner!
The Beal Ban is available on tap by cask and bottle – pours a dark amber with a white head, and settles into a perfect gold colored blondie! 😉
Aroma hints at sweet caramel, slight yeast, honey and barley sugar – the smell itself made me swoon for a couple of moments before I took the first swig! First notes go in line with the aroma, with a tinge of caramel, barley, honey and a biscuity edge to very easily evident. With low, soft carbonation and a medium, sweetish malty body, this is the perfect brew for those that aren’t the biggest fans of the bitter beer! For me, what won me over hands down about this really well made beer was the amazing flavor – served chilled, with smoked salmon and crabmeat platter, I probably had the most blissful brunch of my life!
The Beal Ban is mainly available in Co. Kerry and I hardly saw it thereafter except for in a select few places in Dublin, so I’m guessing it’s a fairly regional brew, so make sure you have lots of it while you can 😉
So there it is then folks! So many wonderful Irish beers, one round each corner – all waiting to stump you and fall more and more in love with this lovely land of merryness 🙂
Discovered At: Marina Inn, Dingle, Co. Kerry
Overall Rating: 4.75/5
Do you love discovering new brews? Have you been to Ireland? Did you also stumble upon some amazing local Irish beer? I’d love to know it all!