My nine favourites 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 nine 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 started to try and balance that! Any ideas? Anyone!
Confirmed to date
August:12 Acres Pale Ale
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 August Short List
Pale Ale: 12 Acres Pale Ale
Aged Stout: Porterhouse Slvr Skin Barrel Aged Coffee Stout 13% ABV.
Brown Ale: Lineman Big Calm
Single Hop IPA: 8 Degrees Citra
Oatmeal IPA: Galway Bay Goodbye Blue Monday
Kolsch: Rye River (collab.with Old Street) Die Hundstage Köter Kölsch
Belgian Stout: Wide Street Monksland
Hopfenweisse: Wicklow Wolf Jeff Bezos
Cider: Cockagee Irish Keeved Cider 5% Simply outstanding
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
Finín’s Midleton: Black’s KPA
Franciscan Well: Original 7 Weisse
Elbow Lane: Angel Stout