View Full Version : New Beers on the isle?

04-27-2007, 03:44 PM
A brew-pub 'Messrs Maguires,' and something from Guinness: Northstar?

Any thoughts from anyone?


04-27-2007, 04:29 PM
I've been to Mssrs. McGuires a few years ago. Decent brewpub a bit more in the American style as far as offerings. Decent if unspectacular. When Porterhouse is so close I see no reason to go by, unless the aforementioned place is packed.

04-29-2007, 02:41 PM
Messrs has been around a long time, but they keep the fact that it's a brew pub well hidden. Their offerings aren't bad, but the pub is awful on a busy weekend night. It appears the manager and brewer don't exactly work hand in hand.

Northstar is about the third of Guinness' Brewhouse series. All slight variations on the standard stout. I haven't tasted this one. The first had a little extra hops, the second chocolate, afaik.

The nicest new beer on the isle is Galway Hooker, of which I've mentioned already. It's an Irish Pale Ale (APA in style) with plenty of cascade hops. Not a year old, and doing pretty well it seems. Still based in Galway, and not available in Dublin, yet.

I had the opportunity to taste this at the recent Easter Beer Festival in the Franciscan Well in Cork. You can read my attempt at a review of the festival here (http://www.irishcraftbrewer.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47&Itemid=64) .

There are a couple of beers based on Arainn Mor, an island off the north west coast. These are brewed under licence afaik, and I haven't had the chance to taste either yet.


05-16-2007, 08:53 AM
Not a new beer, but a new 'good beer' outlet in Dublin: The Bull and Castle Gastropub & Beer Hall. Read a review of it here (http://www.irishcraftbrewer.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=57&Itemid=36)


05-20-2007, 06:37 PM
Try this excellent blog - The Beer Nut - for lots on beer in Ireland. The author is Dublin based, but something of a beer hunter.