This time we move a little bit outside of the West Cork region and across the Cork-Kerry border to look at Killarney Brewing Company.
As part of the Gleneagle group, the Maritime Hotel has close ties to Killarney already, and when we got samples from a brewery literally a 5 minute walk from the Gleneagle and the Brehon, we saw an opportunity to work with an exciting new brewery, producing some quality beer.
Located in the old Killarney Mineral Water building on Muckross road, newly refurbished and equipped with top of the line brewing equipment, Killarney Brewing Company is the perfect example of a new company doing the right things right. Founded in 2015, they established their market supplying their beer on draft to local pubs before expanding their offering nationwide with their 500ml bottle range.
Eschewing the multitude of Pale Ales and IPAs on the market, part of our initial attraction in the Maritime Bar to Killarney’s range was the variety on offer from the brewery. Their initial offering included an IPA, a blonde ale and a lager (and a soon to be released red ale) providing us with the breadth of selection that we were searching for.
In the hotel industry, with the wide-range of guests and the different palates that come through our doors, it can be a challenge to appeal to everyone with a new product. Killarney’s range appeals to everyone, from the casual beer drinker looking for something different to the food tourist looking to try out regional brews. Their beer is extremely approachable, but maintains a balance and sophistication that speaks volumes to the skill of the brewing team.
The Maritime Bar currently stocks Devil’s Helles Lager, Golden Spear Blonde Ale and Scarlet Pimpernel IPA in 500ml bottles and we also currently offer Devil’s Helles on draft as well. Later this month, Killarney Brewing Company is releasing a fourth bottle in their line, Rutting Red, which we hope to see in our fridges on release as well.
Devil’s Helles Lager
Craft Lager is an interesting thing. In market dominated by pale ales and IPAs, big flavours and hops, it can be difficult to find space for the light, refreshing style. Brewed in the Helles style, Killarney’s offering appeals to both the casual and the more experienced beer drinker. It is clean, crisp and refreshing with a delicate malty flavour and sweetness.
Its low bitterness and clean flavour makes it a perfect accompaniment to fish and white meat dishes, and we heartily recommend it with our Lager and Lime Battered Haddock in the bar.
Golden Spear Blonde Ale
During our initial sampling, one beer won over one of our barmen hands down. Aroma and flavour are two of the most powerful triggers of memory, and from the first sip he was brought back to a special dinner with friends almost ten years before. Sitting on a cobbled terrace in Maastricht, sipping a glass of Duvel and trying to figure out how to get a langoustine out of its shell. Golden Spear is the epitome of a classic European beer. Bright, citrusy, malty and grassy on the nose, the aromas continue into the first sip and big mouthfeel and crisp effervescence linger like a cherished memory. His words, not mine. (Well, technically mine).
Try Golden Spear with bigger flavours, our Mussels are a great choice here.
Scarlet Pimpernel IPA
The IPA is a mainstay of the craft industry, a big, bitter, fruity, syrupy style of beer. In this regard, Scarlet Pimpernel hits all the bases. Floral and citrusy on the nose, Scarlet Pimpernel is bitter on the first sip, bright and clean with plenty of hops, lemon and grapefruit. The beer stands out for its balance of flavours though, while many IPAs go for an overload of fruit and bitterness, Scarlet is restrained and coordinated. It is as easy to drink casually as it is satisfying to taste amongst others on a tasting table.
Looking for some food? This beer goes great alongside our Homemade Curry or Chicken Sizzler dishes.