Beer of the Year
My eight candidates to date.
Wicklow Wolf are having a great year, at least in my neck (of the woods). As you can see below, they feature at the top in four of the eight months so far (December '21 is counted). Whiplash have two number ones. And that points up the fact that the more productive breweries are more likely to get the nod than those who have a great core range but who, for whatever reason (and I'm sure they have good ones), don't go in as much for seasonals and specials. I'll have to try and balance that! Any ideas? Anyone!
Confirmed to date
July: Wicklow Wolf Locavore Summer 2022 Foraged Elderflower Saison
June: Wicklow Wolf Mescan Wit or Without You Belgian Wit
May: Wicklow Wolf Locavore Spring 2022 Barrel Aged Farmhouse Ale
April: Whiplash True Love Waits Dry Hopped Pils
March: Lineman Schadenfreude Schwarzbier
February: Wicklow Wolf “Apex Cherry” Black Cherry Oatmeal Stout.
January: Whiplash Dry the Rain Double Decoction Dunkel
December: Lough Gill Mac Nutty Macadamia Nut
Best of July (short list)
Saison: Wicklow Wolf Locavore Summer 2022 Foraged Elderflower Saison
Session: Kinnegar Brewers at Play #24 Summer Ale.
IPA: Wicklow Wolf West Side Story West Coast Kveik IPA
Red Ale: Clonakilty Foxy Red Ale.
Gose: Lough Gill Wild Irish Gose.
Pints in Bars:
The Maritime, Bantry: 9 White Deer Kölsch
The Lake, Killarney: Ale and Lager by Killarney Brewing Co.
Merry’s, Dungarvan: Wicklow Wolf Ale
The Shelbourne, Cork: Beamish
The Cotton Ball, Cork: Lynch’s Stout, Indian Summer
Mellet’s Emporium, Swinford: Reel Deel Jack the Lad, Mescan Seven Virtues Lager.
Keenan’s, Tarmonbarry, Co. Roscommon: White Hag Little Fawn; Kinnegar’s Scraggy Bay.