If there’s one thing Ireland does better than most countries out there, it’s beer.
From the strong and rich through to the light and crisp, there’s a thirst-quenching Irish pint available to suit pretty much any taste.
With so many beers on offer, The Irish Post has decided to pick out 11 you really need to be knocking back on St. Patrick’s Day - and throughout the rest of the year, for that matter.
11. Harp Lager (5%)
Not the most imaginative of choices, but there's few beers more refreshing than this pilsner-style lager, which is known for its mild hop bitterness, subtle malts and citrus hints.
10. Murphy Irish Red (5%)
A hoppy classic known for a flavour that combines fruit and caramel notes. It's also one with a rich history dating back to 1856.
9. O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale (5.2%)
This O'Hara's effort combines a light malt base with bitter citrus aroma to create a truly balanced pale ale taste that is well worth seeking out.
8. Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale (4.3%)
A distinctively smooth and creamy ale that is both unique and delicious. An essential pint for anyone visiting the Emerald Isle.
7. Smithwick’s Ale (4.5%)
A classic rich ruby coloured ale with malty, floral notes that comes complete with creamy head and goes down like a dream.
6. Beamish Irish Stout (4.1%)
This traditional stout made using Beamish yeast dating back to 1792. It makes for a pint of fully rounded malted magic.
5. Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout (4.6%)
A Dublin favourite and an essential pint for anyone in the capital, this dark and aromatic stout blends flavourful grains, hops and fresh oysters. Gorgeous.
4. Bulmers Original Irish Cider (4.5%)
Something a little fruitier, Bulmers is sold under the name Magners on the continent but is worth seeking out in Ireland where it is made with 17 varieties of apple and best served over ice.
3. Clonmel 1650 (4.3%)
This Pilsner-style beer is named after Clonmel and the historic events of the town where it was first brewed. The perfect post-work pint
2. Murphy’s Irish Stout (4%)
An internationally recognised Irish Stout brewed at the Lady’s well Brewery in Cork since 1856 and second only to...
1. Guinness Draught (4.2%)
Deep, dark and wholly satisfying. Guinness comes in three varieties and is an essential purchase. Stick with the original draught and you'll be sorted