Hilden Brewery’s ethos is an uncomplicated: inspire people to taste and appreciate craft beer and to enjoy good company while doing so. The Company was established by Ann and Seamus Scullion in 1981 in the hope to reintroduce Ireland to the tradition of a local brewery making beers of distinctive character and taste. Hilden is now the oldest independent brewery on the island of Ireland. Every Hilden beer is available on draught at different times of the year. Something that I have always enjoyed about the craft beer scene and one that not all brewery’s adopt. It allows smaller firms to keep a dynamic range on offer and by changing it up can craft season specific beers and ales. Headless Dog was named after the graffiti image of a headless Labrador on the old brewhouse wall.
Pours with a pale golden body with a great head that dissipates but sticks around with lacing and cling. Sweet malts on the nose with a darker heaver fruity under currants pushing up. Similar to the nose, heaver beady malts lead with some hop bitterness for balance, Barley and malt holds strong and adds great character. Medium smoothbodied with a heaver mouthfeel but a refreshing bitterness at the end. Picked up a bottle from Tesco as part of my 32 Beers on the list of 32 Things! Heaver than some of its brothers though wont weigh you down , you could definitely spend an evening drinking this!