It’s that time of the year when the evenings get shorter and the days get colder. Which means it’s time for the winter seasonals/Christmas beers. There’s been a massive increase this year with nearly half the Irish microbreweries producing at least one seasonal, and in some cases, two and even three. The styles are almost all malt-forward as expected for the time of year, with a couple of surprises. Red IPAs, Spiced Ryes and of course, the Coffee Porter/Stouts are all well represented. So, get tracking…
5 Lamps: Glendalough Barrel Aged Red, Porter and Dark IPA.
9 White Deer: Cask specials only- Black Lightning and Lon Dubh.
Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne: Festive Imperial Black Ale and Winter Ale.
Black Donkey: Dark Biere de Garde.
Blacks of Kinsale: “Worlds End” Imperial Chocolate Vanilla Stout.
Bo Bristle: TBA.
Boundary Brewing: Chili Porter and Coconut Lemon Berlinerweisse.
Brehon: Shanco Duhb relaunch.
Brú: “Darkside” Saison and 400 Day Barrel Aged Stout (in bottles).
Carlow: “Winter Star” Spiced Rye Ale
Carrig: Barrel Aged Black IPA and Red IPA.
Donegal: Expresso Stout.
Dungarvan: Coffee and Oatmeal Stout
Eight Degrees: “Snow Eater” Red IPA, “Signal” Belgium Stout and “Mór” Barleywine.
Elbow Lane: Vienna Lager.
Farmageddon: Winter IPA.
Galway Bay: "Space Suit" Dark Saison and "Diving Bell" Salted Caramel Wee Heavy.