Sometimes a beer is no longer ‘just a beer’. Sometimes a beer is something far more than a base definition of fermented hops/water/barley malt. Sometimes, a beer has to go beyond. And sometimes it’s sole purpose is to question itself. And perhaps wreck your face in the process with a hopshot.
There are two styles of beer I am most certainly not a fan of; ‘wheat beers’ and ‘lagers’. To me, they are marmite (even though I like marmite ….. don’t you dare judge me!). A few months ago, during its first brew run. I was fortunate enough to try the ‘American Style Pale Wheat Ale’ brewed by Rye River Brewing Company under the Lidl brand of ‘The Crafty Brewing Company’. And it blew my socks off how good it was.
Eight Degrees Brewing from Mitchelstown in Ireland are producting probably the single most consistent IPA’s in the country for the last two years. It’s an incredible testiment to the spirit of the brewery. Their relentless pace of releases is eyewatering. And awesome. I’ve decided to do a review of two of their finest (and what I consider landmark beers for them), their award winning Full Irish IPA (it won country gold at the recent World Beer Awards), & their Double Irish Double IPA.
Ohhhhhhh Irish Craft Beer drinkers, don’t you dare be sour ….Clap your hands & feel the power of a New Day ….. awwwww yes it is!!! While some of us are used to sour beers (and some of us so far along the sour scale it would give Sour Bill a run for his money), many are only starting to even try these. You’d be forgiven to think that sour beers in Ireland would follow the underwhelming nature that Irish IPA’s did when they first appeared. But guess what, they’re not. They’re diving right in at the sour-jellies end of things & upwards. And a brewpub from Wexford is leading the charge.