Back in May I had the pleasure of visiting Hope Beer located at Howth Junction, North Dublin. At the time the brewery was a hive of activity as they installed their brand new brewkit. They had previously been contract brewing but the plan was always to open their own brewery and in April this year they took delivery of their new brewkit based around a 20 hectoliter Caspary Brewhouse.
The story of Hope Beer goes back to November 2014 where it started life on the back of a beermat before progressing to a business plan and becoming a fully-fledged brewery this year. It is the brainchild of old friends Wim de Jongh, Des McSwiggan and Jeanne Mahony who describe themselves as “three proud Dubs from the Northside of the city with a passion for beer and business.”
With the mix of business drive and their passion for craft brewing, Hope is in a great position to make an impact on Irish craft beer. They are already planning to brew the next couple of beers in their limited edition series and if their core range is anything to go by we will be in for a treat.
I love the names on these beers with the quirky names of each based on the folklore of the locality.
Handsome Jack, named after an infamous 17th century Irish pirate, is an American style IPA with a spicier edge. All citrus and tropical fruit upfront with the Japanese Sorachi Ace hop adding a spicy dill character.
Passifyoucan is named after the west Dublin townland, which has a story of its own. This is an extremely easy drinking malty and fruity blonde ale.
Grunt is based on the superstition of the disastrous consequences in having a pig on board a fishing boat, and the inevitable act of tying one to the mast if the fishermen had a few to many the night before and couldn’t face the journey. Grunt is a very approachable take on the Saison style, bone-dry with balanced citrus and spice and a refreshing clean finish.
You can pick up Hope Beers along with over 150 other Irish beers in our 6 for 5 mix & match promotion kicking off this Wednesday.