What's the Craic?

Craic believes in Irish beer. Our sole purpose is to champion the amazing beers being produced by independent Irish brewers. We’re determined to introduce these beers to as many people as humanly possible, and do our bit to keep the Irish beer scene growing.

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Beer Chats

Craicing Beers With…. Four Provinces!

We recently welcomed Feargal from Four Provinces for a a live online beer chat and tasting! On the evening we sampled and discussed the full range of Four Provinces beers: Piper Amber IPA, Hurler Copper Ale, Láidir Robust Porter, The Poddle Lager, and Gob Fliuch Dark Mild, all while chatting about Four Provinces’ story so far and plans for the future. If you couldn’t make it live on the night then grab the beers and join in on the tasting now.

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Craicing Beers With…. Dot Brew!

We recently welcomed Shane, Peter and Mikey from Dot Brew for a a live online beer chat and tasting! We sampled three of their recent releases, Southern Living, Forage and Rescue, and The Roads Less Travelled, all while chatting about all Dot’s story so far and plans for the future! If you couldn’t make it live on the night then grab the beers and join in on the tasting now.

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Craicing Beers With…. Ballykilcavan!

We recently welcomed Ballykilcavan Owner David Walsh-Kemmis and Innovation Brewer Joe O’Driscoll for a a live online beer chat and tasting! We sampled three of the core canned range, Secret Passion Pale Ale, Bambrick’s Brown Ale and Line Blocker Pale Ale. If you couldn’t make it live on the night then grab the beers and join in on the tasting now!

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Craicing Beers With…. Hope!

We recently welcomed Hope Owner Wim de Jongh and new Head Brewer Richie Hamilton for a a live online beer chat and tasting! We sampled the Hop-On Session IPA, the new Limited Edition #18 Pineapple & Passion Fruit Sour, and Limited Edition #17 Foreign Export Stout. If you couldn’t make it live on the night then grab the beers and join in on the tasting now!

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New Beer Releases

Whiplash: Apocalypse Dreams

What can we say? We love Amarillo. When you get the good stuff it’s unbeatable… Amarillo is one of those rockstar hops. We strive to get the stuff that’s right there in that sweet spot of the picking window that gives us everything we’re looking for in this hop, heavy tangerine, citrus, a touch of lychee and orange and a low end rumble of stone fruit. Apocalypse Dreams is a beer constructed around all that.

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Hopfully Brewing: Legswap

The fizzy, tart, and sweet characteristics that made the Raspberry-Lime Rickey cocktail a flawless summer drink, now beautifully expressed in beer form. A rich berry explosion rounded off with the sour tang of refreshing lime. Crispy, featuring a gorgeous red hue and a clean, citrusy flavor that’ll keep you coming back for more.

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Hope: Limited No. 20 Raspberry & Gooseberry Sour

Unlike many sour beers on the market today our latest sour is not a kettle sour, where the wort is pre-soured with lactobacillus in the kettle before boiling. Fruits dominate, with tartness present from the sour wort but also from the natural fruit sharpness. Sweet and sour fruit gives way to more lingering acidic flavours in the aftertaste. Relatively dry finish makes the overall sensation refreshing and moreish.

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Western Herd: The Height

Our first DIPA and our first beer available in cans. Named after the Height in Ennis, i.e. the top of the town, this 8% abv has a whopping 26G/L of hops. Bursting with tropical mango and pineapple, we wonder why we didn’t do this sooner.

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The White Hag: Beann Gulban

Our Irish Heather Sour Ale is an interpretation of a Neolithic-era indigenous ale. This “Gruit” utilises Irish Heather flowers in place of hops to balance the sweet, rich malts. We also use a hint of peat-smoked barley to replicate the flavours produced by the ancient practice of heating the brew using turf-fired stones. We then innoculate and ferment the wort using wild yeasts from the Heather to produce the characteristic sourness of these ancient wild ales.

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The White Hag: Barrel Aged Black Boar 2019

Our fourth edition of the Barrel Aged Black Boar, we chose some very special 12-year Bourbon barrels, which complement the complex dark chocolate and rich coffee flavours of the Black Boar. Expect an intensely flavoured, big, dark ale. Roasty and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Dark fruit flavors meld with roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes to create a very full-bodied, velvety, luscious texture.

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