Trouble Brewing are firmly established on the craft beer landscape of Ireland, having been at the vanguard of the craft beer revolution in Ireland. I recently had the pleasure of visiting their brewery in Kill, county Kildare and having a chat with founder Stephen Clinch.
The story of Trouble Brewing’s creation is not unusual in the craft beer industry, starting with three friends and a couple of pints. In 2009, bar a few notable exceptions, there wasn’t a lot of micro-breweries in Ireland and for Stephen there simply “wasn’t a lot of beers that were interesting at the time”. So, they set about to rectify this, even if Stephen jokes he had to be “dragged in kicking and screaming” into the endeavour.
Since then their success means they out grew their original home in Allenwood, County Kildare, moving to their newer premises in Kill and taking on six new employees over the last two years. “We were just a few guys that loved beer that set up a brewery and then all of a sudden we are running a slightly bigger thing that’s got a life of its own and its almost got a personality of its own.”
That personality can be seen in all their beers, Trouble don’t take themselves too seriously, they are all about making good beer. Beers with flavour and character but also fun and approachable.
Talking to Stephen you can see he hasn’t lost any of his passion for the craft brewing industry and is enjoying the new wave of breweries opening up in Ireland. “Those guys that are making new and interesting beers, those are the guys that are keeping it interesting for us. Those guys give you a push”. And his advice for breweries setting up today? “You have to love beer first and foremost” or he adds wryly “have a load of money and employ people who love beer”.
You will find all five of the Trouble Brewing core range on offer at 4 for €10 this month in O’Briens, including their two newest additions, Graffiti and Kill Lager. For those who deride lager as bland, tasteless stuff, then Kill Lager will surely change your mind. A superb example of a Vienna style lager, with a toffee and buscuity malt character and a crisp bite to the finish. Graffiti is a great session pale ale with a lot of flavour packed into the low abv. Here a light malt body supports the grapefruit, melon and passion fruit hop notes.