Irish Stout / Porter
Stout is a dark beer from the ale variety of beers made using roasted malt or barley, hops, water, and yeast. First recorded as being made and sold in London in the 1730s, stouts were traditionally the generic term for the strongest or ‘stoutest’ porters produced by a brewery.
Possibly the most famous of all stouts is Guinness. Arthur Guinness leased the St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin in 1759 and soon after began brewing the popular London “porter”. Porter or “stout” is synonymous with the family name now. Guinness is the quintessential Irish beer, and an acquired taste.
The Beamish and Crawford brewery was founded in 1792, following the purchase of an existing brewery that had been used for brewing since at least 1650, and possibly as early as 1500.
By 1805 Beamish and Crawford’s had become the largest brewery in Ireland and the third largest in the then United Kingdom. It remained the largest brewery in Ireland until overtaken by Guinness in 1833.
It is a slightly lighter drink then Guinness with a burnt, perfumed flavour. It is also currently owned by the Heineken group and brewed at the Murphy’s complex.
Murphy’s Irish Stout is a dry stout brewed in County Cork since 1856.
In comparison to it’s heavier and more bitter chief competitors, Murphy’s is a lighter and sweeter dry stout.
Traditionally a local Cork drink, Murphy’s has been introduced to an international market, sold in over 40 countries, following the take-over of the brewery by Heineken.