Hilden: Belfast Blonde

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.

Pours a fantastic amber gold, with a light creamy head.  Nose is light, with subtle aromas of citrus chalk and grass.  Beautiful light floral Floral hop aromas with underlying honey sweetness.   Crisp and clean lightly bitter finish.  Over all it is a light refreshing beer that is perfect for a relaxed afternoon pint!   I tried a Pint of this in the Crown Belfast as part of my  32 Beers on the list of 32 Things and it is actually the last one on the list!  I hope you enjoyed this journey over the past year staring in that little bar in Scotland’s Capital to this little bar in Northern Ireland’s.

Beer #32

Hilden: Headless Dog

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!

Beer #31

Hilden: Twisted Hop

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.

Pours a clear golden yellow with minimal white head.  Nose is light, with some floral notes and a zesty citrus.  Beautiful light floral flavour, boosted with zesty citrus from the nose coming over on the palate.   Light bitter grapefruit, grassy with a hint of caramel. Medium bodied with good balance of character and great bitterness which complements the full hop flavour.  Picked up a bottle from Tesco as part of my  32 Beers on the list of 32 Things!  It’s a fantastic little beer that I would go back to it has a strong refreshing kick from it  and compliments a burger very well!  Picked up the Dublin Craft Beer Cup in 2013  as Over all Winner! Stunning Beer give it a try!

Beer #30

Guinness: Dublin Porter

It all starts with just one man, Arthur Guinness but his story it’s not down to a single ‘eureka’ moment. The history of Guinness is an aspiring tale of inspiration, dedication, ingenuity and effort. After being left £100 in the will of his Godfather, Archbishop Price, Arthur buys a 9,000-year lease on a disused brewery at St. James’s Gate.   Guinness has been brewing there unique Irish stout for over two centuries so it is no wonder why they are one of the world’s best-loved beers.   Brewed in almost 60 countries and available in over 120 Guinness boasts sales totalling 850 million litres annually!

 Pours a dark brown with hints of red with an off white head.  Mild roasted malt on the nose with a hints of dark fruit.  Palate is a milder version on a Guinness.  It has all of those signature flavours but lacking in the creamy fullness. It is very malty with a glimmer of hop’s in the background.   I quite enjoyed it.  I find that sometimes a Draft is too much and the Dublin porter was a relaxed version that went well with a burger!  I grabbed a wee bottle from Curleys and  would recommend it actually!  Its coming to the end now of my 32 Beers on my list of 32 Things!

Beer #29

Revisionist: Saison Beer

Revisionist beers is part of the Marston’s brewing group who since 1834 have been brewing beers and adding different breweries to the family.  They  believe that all great beers are born from creativity, passion and from not always following the rule book.  Revisionist have given their team of brewers, Genevieve Upton, David Nijs, Simon Yates, Jon Tillson and Dave Carter free reign to ‘revise’ beer styles and create their own new interpretations using contemporary ingredients and techniques to deliver memorable drinking experiences.  There are only two guiding principles, fresh thinking and fresh beer.  Saison Beer was created by Simon Yates, Master Brewer at the Park Brewery in Wolverhampton it is a contemporary take on the Belgian style of farmhouse ales that where traditionally brewed for farmworkers at harvest time.  Saison (French for Season) delivers a pale golden beer that is full flavoured and fruity, yet dry and refreshing..

Saiaon Beer pours a dark amber, clear and with a white foamy head hat dissipates quickly.  Aromas of lemon along with some spice thrown in.  First taste is fruity, lemon and spicy hop flavours, light malts but over all zesty.  Clean and crisp finish, bitter but has a fruity edge.  It’s a lovely beer and not too intense.  I think it will drink better in the summer.  I enjoyed my first bottle from Tescos and although it was nice I doubt I would return to it unless the weather was warmer and I was in a beer garden.  It is the second beer from Revisionist brewery to my 32 Beers on my list of 32 Things I will keep an eye out for more!

Beer #28

Erdinger: Kristall

Erdinger boasts the world’s largest wheat beer brewery where tradition and progress go hand in hand. Brewed according to traditional recipes, but using state-of-the-art technology, beer connoisseurs in Germany and around the world regard the traditional speciality beers from Erding, Bavaria, as the ultimate in wheat beer enjoyment

Erdinger Kristall pours a beautiful very clear straw gold with a gorgeous foamy frothy head.  The pilsner malt aromas come through with a hint of bananas  but overall it is lighter than most wheat beers.  Palate tastes of vaguely fruity yeast with hints of banana and spiciness throughout.  Its crisp and well carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp thirst quenching finish.  I bought a bottle of this from Tescos, and it went down well with my Chinese!  I had tried Weissbier and SchneeweiseI so I looking forward to drinking this wee beauty and adding it to my  32 New Beers on my list of 32 Things.  It is particularly welcome as a tasty thirst-quencher and I think it will go down well on a hot summer day!

Beer # 27

Revisionist: Lager

Revisionist beers is part of the Marston’s brewing group who since 1834 have been brewing beers and adding different breweries to the family.  They  believe that all great beers are born from creativity, passion and from not always following the rule book.  Revisionist have given their team of brewers, Genevieve Upton, David Nijs, Simon Yates, Jon Tillson and Dave Carter free reign to ‘revise’ beer styles and create their own new interpretations using contemporary ingredients and techniques to deliver memorable drinking experiences.  There are only two guiding principles, fresh thinking and fresh beer.  Craft Lager was created by Simon Yates, Master Brewer at the Park Brewery in Wolverhampton and developer of the Single Hop seasonal range of cask ales, from an idea to blend ‘new world’ hop character beers with ‘old world’ continental lager styles.  The beer is crafted with Lager Malt and a hop blend of German Hallertau Magnum & Tradition, Slovenian Styrian and dry hopped with British Admial & Boadicea varieties to deliver a refreshing easy drinking beer with a subtle citrus orange marmalade flavour.

Chill-hazed and sparkling gold skimmed with white light head. Aromas of biscuit and malts with a sweet lemony and honed note.  First taste brought back old memories of drinking beer at the park when I was 16, It has a real larger malt flavour with a refreshing bitterness. Clean and crisp finish, not too intense.  I think it will pair with most foods!  I enjoyed my first bottle from Tescos while chowing down on a load of spaghetti bolognaise and it was amazing!  I would definitely grab another bottle of this and would recommend it to all who like a larger with a little more kick!  I will be adding this and more from Revisionist brewery to my 32 Beers on my list of 32 Things keep an eye out!

Beer #26