Ireland

Posted on June 14, 2015.

Ireland may be best-known for birthing Guinness, but the country’s burgeoning craft-beer and -cider scene is thriving—and many of the best new tipples are coming from smaller, locally-focused producers. These 13 beers and ciders are worth seeking out on your next visit to Ireland (after a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, of course—that’s still a must-do).

Dungarvan Brewing Company is one of Ireland’s first commercial microbreweries, based in beautiful seaside Dungarvan. The brewery is family-run and is a local gem. The Black Rock Irish Stout is an easy-drinking rendition of the traditional “black stuff,” made with roasted barley. Pro tip: Don’t refrigerate this beer—the brewery recommends serving it “off the shelf” (i.e., a little warm).
The team behind Eight Degrees Brewing Howling Gale Ale includes a Kiwi, an Aussie, and two Irish lasses, who produce four key brews along with seasonal specials. One of the best is the Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale. Despite the “Irish” in the name, the brew gets a pleasantly bitter kick from American hops, including Centennial and Amarillo.