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World’s Best Irish Stout

By William Brand
Saturday, April 30th, 2005 at 7:49 am in Uncategorized.

Attention travelers: If you’re headed to Ireland this summer, Gary, a Castro Valley, CA reader, just back from a trip there, says he discovered the best stout in the world at The Porterhouse, a brew restaurant in Dublin (Ireland).

“Their 4X Stout is the best Irish stout I’ve ever tasted,” Gary says. They also have beers from all over the world, including “imported” Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, he adds. Gary eschewed Sierra Nevada for another round of 4x Stout.

Prowling the web, I discovered the company now has three brew-restaurants in Ireland; the original in Bray on the sea; Porterhouse Temple Bar, in Dublin and the latest in Covent Garden on Maiden Lane in London. You can find more info here.

The company, which bills itself as “Ireland’s largest genuine Irish brewery”, was founded in 1989 in Bray by Liam LaHart and Oliver Hughes. I guess Guinness doesn’t count because it’s become a huge, multi-national company with breweries in 13 other countries.

Wrasslers 4X Stout, Alcohol by volume: 5%
Grain: Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Wheat Malt, Flaked Barley, Roast Malt.
Hops: Galena, Nugget, East Kent, Goldings.

Made to a recipe originally brewed by Deasy’s of West Cork in the early 1900’s. This was Michael Collins’ favourite tipple – a stout like your grandfather used to drink. A fine fullsome stout, full in every way, a pungent aroma of late kettle hops. A generous quantity of roast grain for flavour, bitter with flaked barley producing that body.

Gold Medal, Belfast 1997,Gold Medal, Huddersfield 1998, Gold Medal, Stockholm 1999, Bronze Award, All Ireland 2000. The bad news: It’s not imported to the U.S. as far as I know.

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