Local Beers

Árainn Mhór Brewing Company

Árainn Mhór Island,
County Donegal.
Tel: 087 630 6856
email [email protected]

Founded: 2006


Beer alc Description
Ban (White) 4.2% Golden ale.
Rua (Red) 4.2% Dark ale. Bottle-conditioned.


Beamish & Crawford Brewery

South Main Street,
Tel: 021 – 4911100
Fax: 021 – 4911111
Email: [email protected]
Homepage: http://www.beamish.ie/

Founded: 1792 ***** Closed 2009 ****
Annual production: 574,000 hl (2002)

Currently owned by the Heineken Group and brewed at the Murphy’s Brewery. Beamish stout is far harder to find than its main Irish rivals.


Beer alc Description
Beamish Irish Stout 4.1% (OG 1039) Stout. A touch paler than Guinness or Murphy’s. Probably closer to a porter than a stout.
Beamish Red Irish Ale 4.2% Irish ale.
Miller Genuine Draft 4.2% Pale lager.


Beoir Chorca Duibhne

c/o Tig Bhric,
nr. Ballyferriter,
Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9156325
Email: [email protected]

Founded: 2008
Annual production: brewlength 400l

Microrewery adjacent to Tig Bhric pub. Beers are available during the summer season only, at Tig Bhric in Riasc, nr. Ballyferriter and Tigh Uí Chatháin in Ballyferriter itself.


Beer alc Description
Béal Bán Pale Ale Pale Ale.


Carlow Brewing Co.

“The Goods Store”,
Station Road,
Co. Carlow.
Tel: +353 (0)503 34356
Fax: +353 (0)503 40038
Email: [email protected]
Homepage: http://www.carlowbrewing.com/

Founded: 1998
Microbrewery. Next to the railway station in Carlow town.


Beer alc Description
O’hara’s Celtic Stout 4.3% Stout.
Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer 4.3% Wheat beer. Ingredients: pale malt, torrefied wheat, caramalt; Challenger, Mount Hood and Cascade hops.
Molings Traditional Red Ale 4.3% Irish Ale. Brewed from pale malt , torrified wheat, crystal malt and roasted barley.
Beerkeeper Gold 4.3% Wheat beer. Brewed for The Beerkeeper in Dundalk.


Clanconnel Brewing Company

PO Box 316,
N. Ireland,
BT65 9AZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 7711 626770
Email: [email protected]

Founded: 2008


Beer alc Description
Weavers Gold 4% Blonde Ale.


Emerald Brewery

Business Centre,
Racecourse Rd.,
Co Roscommon.
Tel: 0903 – 25737
Fax: 0903 – 25455

Founded: 1999*** CLOSED in 2006 ***
The premises and equipment were taken over by Galway Hooker.


Beer alc Description
Emerald Gold 5% Pils.
Connaught Stout.
Rua Irish ale.


Franciscan Well Brewery

14 North Mall,
Co. Cork.
Tel: (021) 210130
Homepage: http://www.franciscanwellbrewery.com/

Founded: 1998
Annual production: 2,500 hl


Beer alc Description
Shandon Stout 4.2% Stout.
Blarney Blonde 4.2% Blond ale.
Rebel Lager 4.3% Pale lager.
Rebel Red Ale 4.3% Irish Ale.
Purgatory 4.5% Pale Ale. Anglo-American-style, hopped with Cascades.
Friar Weisse 4.7% Unfiltered pale wheat beer. German style.
Bellringer Winter Warmer 6% Strong Ale. Malty and hoppy, the brewery says. Sounds like a Burton to me.


Galway Hooker

Business Centre,
Racecourse Rd.,
Co Roscommon.


Founded: 2006
Their single beer is sold in around many pubs in Galway and a few elsewhere in Ireland.


Beer alc Description
Irish Pale Ale 4.4% Pale ale.


Great Northern Brewery

Carrick Road,
Co. Louth.
Tel: 042 – 34793

Founded: 1897
Annual production: 1,000,000 hl
Owned by Diageo (Guinness). It was bought by Guinness in 1959 to brew their lager.


Beer alc Description
Harp lager 3.6% Pale lager.
Harp Export 4.5% Pale lager.
Macardle’s Irish Red 4% Irish Ale.


Arthur Guinness Son & Co.

Saint James’s Gate,
Dublin 8.
Homepage: http://www.guinness.com/

Founded: 1749
Annual production: 4,000,000 hl (2003, capacity)


Beer alc Description
Guinness Mid-strength 2.8% A low-strength version of the stout being test marketed in Ireland in early 2006. Probably won’t be around for long.
Draught Guinness 4.1% (OG 1039) Stout. Served by mixed gas pressure. Filtered and pasteurised. Nowadays served ridiculously cold. For those who can’t take the minute amount of flavour still discernible at 5º C, they have “Extra Cold”.
Milk and burnt aroma; bitter taste with burnt, fruit and cream aromas; bitter finish with liquorice, burnt, toffee and cream aromas.
Not much aroma, but otherwise OK.
Guinness Original 4.2% Stout. The bottled version found in the British off-licences. Filtered and pasteurised.
Cream, burnt, coffee and cream aroma; sweetish/bitter taste with burnt, fruit, cream and liquorice aromas; very bitter finish with burnt, hop, liquorice and black chocolate aromas.
Bottled Guinness without its soul. Surprisingly, still a worthwhile beer. Lacks the sourness and complexity of the bottle-conditioned version. Still packed with roast barley bitterness.
Guinness Draught 4.2% Stout. Can with a widget and mixed gas. Filtered and pasteurised.
Malt and burnt aroma; sweetish/bitterish taste with burnt and cream aromas; bitterish finish with burnt and liquorice aromas.
Looks impressive, but almost flavourless. How do they make it so bland? For people who drink with their eyes. It improved immensely when I topped it up with FES.
Guinness Extra Stout 4.3% Stout. Bottle-conditioned. Still available in Ireland, last I heard (I hoped). A classic – worth going to Ireland to drink. It was a sad day when it was withdrawn from the UK.
It has an intense burnt bitterness, balanced with a sour cream undertone. A truly wonderful beer. I do hope that it still exists. A pity that the idiots who run Guinness don’t realise what a treasure they have.
Guinness Export Draught 5% Stout. A stronger draught beer sold in “Irish” pubs across continental Europe. Served by mixed gas pressure. Filtered and pasteurised.
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout 7.5% (OG 1078) Export stout. Filtered and pasteurised. The sort of Guinness you find in the tropics. Very nice.
Guinness Special Export Stout 8% Export stout. A version of Foreign Extra Stout that is sold in Belgium and Holland. Filtered and pasteurised.
Burnt, toffee, bread, chocolate, fruit and milk aromas.; sweet/bitter/sourish taste with dates, burnt, toffee, liquorice and milk aromas; very bitter finish with burnt, black toffee, cream, coffee, liquorice and fruit aromas.
A big, beefy beer with a subtle touch of sourness. The sort of beer that bravely resists brewery conditioning and doesn’t quite lose.
I’m lucky enough to have an off licence 100 yards from my house that sells it. It’s a beer that always gets me into a 19th century mood. What a pathetic nostalgic I am. If I were to be granted one beer wish, it would be: a bottle-conditioned version of this beer. Knowing the depth bottle-conditioning added to Extra Stout, I’m certain an unfiltered Export/Foreign Stout would be sensational. Bet the useless gits never do it, but I can dream.


Hilden Brewery

Hilden House,
Grand Street,
Co. Antrim BT27 4TY.
Tel: (028) 9266 3863
Fax: (028) 9260 3511
Email: [email protected]

Founded: 1981
The oldest independent brewery in Ireland.


Beer alc Description
Hilden Ale 4% (OG 1038) Amber ale. Cask-conditioned.
Molly Malone’s Porter 4.6% (OG 1048) Porter. Cask-conditioned.
Scullion’s Irish 4.6% (OG 1048) Ale. Cask-conditioned.
Original 4.6% Ale. Bottle-conditioned.


Macardle, Moore & Co. Ltd

Cambrickville Brewery, Ardee Road,
Co. Louth.
Tel: 042 – 35441

Founded: 1850 CLOSED 2003
Owned by Diageo (Guinness). Macardle’s is now brewed elsewhere.


Beer alc Description
Macardle’s Ale 4% Irish Ale.


Messrs Maguire

1 & 2 Burgh Quay,
Co. Dublin.
Tel: (01) 670 5777

Founded: 1998
Brewpub. The beers are sold in both nitrokeg and cask-conditioned forms. The latter seem mostly intended for the UK’s guest ale market.


Beer alc Description
Plain 4.3% Porter.
Haus 4.3% Pils.
Yankee Pale lager. Supposedly American-style.
Rusty Red Ale 4.5% Irish ale.
Messrs. McGuire Extra Stout 5% Stout.
Dublin Pilsner 5.6% Pale lager – pils.


College Green Brewery

Molly’s Yard,
1 College Green Mews,
Botanic Avenue,
Belfast BT7 1LW.
Tel: 028 9032 2600

Founded: 2006
Annual production:


Beer alc Description
Molly’s Chocolate Stout 4.2% Stout. Cask-conditioned.
Belfast Blonde 4.7% Blond Ale. Brewed from lager malt, maize and continental and British hops.
Headless Dog 4.3% Amber Ale. Cask-conditioned. Named after the unusual mural of a headless dog at the front door to the brewery.


Murphy Brewery Ireland Ltd.

Lady’s Well,
Leitrim St.,
Tel: 021 – 503371
Fax: 021 – 503926
Homepage: http://www.murphys.com

Founded: 1856
Annual production: 1,010,000 hl (2001) 1,030,000 hl (2002) (Source: Heineken website)


Beer alc Description
Murphy’s Irish Stout 4% (OG 1038) Stout. The draught version. Served by mixed gas pressure. Filtered and pasteurised.
Milk. burnt and malt aroma; bitter/sourish taste with burnt and milk aromas; bitter finish with burnt, coffee, charcoal and liquorice aromas.
Quite oily in texture and surprisingly sour. Good roast malt character.
Murphy’s Irish Stout 4.3% Stout. The bottled version. Filtered and pasteurised.
Murphy’s Irish Red 5% Irish ale. Filtered and pasteurised.
Bitterness: 23 EBU Colour: 24 EBC.
Also brewed in Holland. Introduced in 1995.
Amstel Lager Pale lager.
Heineken Pale lager.


The Porterhouse Brewing Co.

Unit 6D,
Rosemount Park Road,
Tel 01 822 7415

16 Parliament Street,
Dublin 2,
Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 679 8847
Homepage: http://www.porterhousebrewco.com/

Founded: 1996
Annual production: 2,500 hl


Beer alc Description
TSB 3.7% Bitter.
Chiller 4.2% Pale lager. Brewed from Lager Malt, Wheat Malt, Torrified Wheat; Galena, Nugget, Cascade, Tettnang and Hallertau Perle hops. “Super Cooled North American Style Lager” the brewery calls it. My guess is that it’s “Super Hydrated International Type”.
Haus Weiss 4.3% German-style wheat beer. Brewed from Pale Malt, Wheat Malt; Galena, Chinook and Hallertäu Perle hops.
Plain Porter 4.3% Porter. Brewed from Pale Malt, Flaked Barley, Roast Barley, Black Malt, Crystal Malt; Galena, Nugget and East Kent Goldings hops. Your only man.
Temple Bräu 4.3% Pale lager. Brewed from Lager Malt, Torrified Wheat; Galena, Nugget, Hallertau Perle and Hersbrücker hops. Almost as good a name as Grunhalle.
Porterhouse Red 4.4% Red Irish Ale. Brewed from Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Wheat Malt, Chocolate Malt; Galena, Nugget and East Kent Goldings hops.
Oyster Stout 4.8% Stout. Brewed from Pale Malt, Roast Barley, Black Malt, Flaked Barley; Galena, Nugget and East Kent Goldings hops; oysters. An oyster stout worthy of the name.
Wrasslers 4X Stout 5% Stout. Brewed from Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Wheat Malt, Flaked Malt, Flaked Barley, Roast Barley, Roast Malt; Galena, Nugget and East Kent Goldings hops. Based on a recipe used by Deasy’s of West Cork in the early 1900’s.
Hersbrucker 5% Pale lager, Brewed from Lager Malt, Cara Malt, Torrified Wheat; Galena, Nugget, Perle and Hersbrucker hops.
An Brainblásta 7% Barley wine. Brewed from Pale ale Malt, Crystal Malt, Torrified Wheat; Fuggles, East Kent Golding, Nugget and Galena hops.


E. Smithwick and Sons Ltd.

St. Francis Abbey Brewery,
Parliament St,
Tel: 056 – 21014
Fax: 056 – 62101
Founded: 1710
Annual production: 1,200,000 hl

Owned by Guinness (now Diageo) since 1965. Usually sold under the name Kilkenny outside Ireland. The brewery is in the grounds of St Francis’s Abbey.

Also brews Budweiser under licence.


Beer alc Description
Smithwick’s Irish Ale 3.5% Irish Ale. Domestic version. Filtered and pasteurised.
Smithwick’s Irish Ale (Kilkenny Ale) 5% Irish Ale. Export version. Filtered and pasteurised.
Bread and malt aroma; sweetish/bitter with biscuit, fruit and burnt aromas; bitter finish with hop, burnt and toast aromas.
Much better than I expected. Has a high level of malt bitterness. Either it’s changed or my memory is playing tricks again.
Smithwick’s Barley Wine 5.5% Barley wine. About 4% too weak for the style.


Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd

Braidleigh Lodge, 22 Shore Road,
County Down,
BT30 9UE,
Northern Ireland
phone: +44 (0)28 4482 1461
fax: +44 (0)28 4482 1273
email: [email protected]

Founded: 2004
Annual production:


Beer alc Description
Barelegs 4.5% Golden ale.
Legbiter 4.8% Golden ale.
St Patrick’s Gold Golden ale.
St Patrick’s Best
St Patrick’s Ale



White Gypsy

14 Priory Place,
Co. Tipperary.

Founded 2009 by Cuilan Loughnane, brewer in Messrs Maguire and former brewer at Dwan’s. White Gypsy is the brand of his Shelta Beer Company.

St Cuilan’s Red Ale is available at Finn’s Bar in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary. The other beers have, up until now, only appeared as festival specials.


Beer alc Description
Cask No. 1 7% Smoked Imperial Stout.
Dunkel Dark Lager
Indian Pale Ale IPA.
St Cuilan’s Red Ale Irish Ale.


Whitewater Brewing Co.

40 Tullyframe Road,
Co. Down BT34 4RZ.
Tel: (028) 41769449
Fax: (028) 41769449
Email: [email protected]
Homepage: http://www.whitewaterbrewing.co.uk

Founded: 1996
Annual production: 4,500 hl (2003, capacity)


Beer alc Description
Mill Ale 3.7% (OG 1038) Amber ale. Cask-conditioned.
Natural Blonde Lager 3.7% (OG 1037) Pale lager. Cask-conditioned.
Belfast Ale 4.5% (OG 1046) Amber ale. Cask-conditioned.
Summer Solstice 4% Seasonal – Summer. Cask-conditioned.
Glen Ale 4.2% Ale. Seasonal. Cask-conditioned.
All That Jazz 4.2% Seasonal. Cask-conditioned.
Nut Brown Ale 4.2% Brown ale. Seasonal. Cask-conditioned.
Dappled Mare. 4.3% Seasonal. Cask-conditioned.
Snake Drive Bitter 4.3% Bitter. Seasonal. Cask-conditioned.
Sanity Clause 4.5% Seasonal – Christmas. Cask-conditioned.
Bee’s Endeavour 4.8% Seasonal. Cask-conditioned.
Knight Porter 5% Porter. Seasonal. Cask-conditioned.