This is the final week of our Irish Craft Beer Sale which must end Easter Monday. With that in mind I have picked out a selection of beers to try this Easter.
If you are planning on having a traditional roast lamb you will need a beer with a rich malt character like St Mels Brown Ale. The steady carbonation and dry hopped citrus notes of this beer also help cut through the fattiness of lamb.
Alternatively get a bit adventurous and pair your lamb with some Buck It from Co. Roscommon based Black Donkey Brewing. Buck It is combination of American amber, Irish red and a Belgian dubbel styles which brewer Richard Siberry describes as a malt-bomb. An unusual mix of styles that is all the better for it.
The Pilgrim by Wood Key takes its influence from the traditional Irish style coupled with northern German and English malt profiles. This is a smooth drinking, malt driven red ale with a touch of pithy hop bitterness that matches superbly with rich gravy.
Perhaps Easter for you Easter is all about chocolate eggs. Well there’s beer for that too. A classic match is stout and here I would recommend the Lublin to Dublin, a collaboration between O’Hara’s and Polish brewers Pinta. This is a milk stout in which the brewers added milk sugars to the brew to give it sweetness and a full velvety body with pairs perfectly with milk chocolate.
For those of a hoppier disposition then Vic Secret from 8 Degrees brewing is one to seek out. Lulling you in with its dark colour and creamy head before opening up with tropical fruit over its dark malt body, this Black IPA is a great match for chocolate infused with spices, like chilli or sea salt.
Staying with 8 Degrees their Mór Barleywine is, as the name implies, big, bold and boozy. With smooth caramel and dried fruit flavour on a chewy body this is one to sip with some rich and gooey dark chocolate truffles.
Don’t forget made to order craft beer hampers are available in your local O’Brien’s store. Perfect for an Easter treat.