The 12 best Irish beers that everyone should try in Ireland

Sure enough, Ireland is world-famous for its beer, so here are the twelve best Irish beers that everyone should try in Ireland.

Yes, Ireland may be renowned for being the home of the black stuff. Many will expect it to be top of the list, but there are plenty more Irish-made beers, that everyone needs to try. Whether you’re a fan of lager, stout, IPA, sweet beer, sour beer, or red ale, we’ve got something for you. Ireland is an ever-expanding connoisseur of Irish beer brands, and this is just a tip of the iceberg.

Modern Irish beers are not only becoming incredibly popular in Ireland, but the world is quickly catching on. On that note, here are the twelve best Irish beers and Irish lagers everyone should try in Ireland.

12. Beamish Irish Stout – an extensive history of brewing

Beamish has an extensive history of brewing and is a must-try beer you have to taste when in Ireland.

With comforting flavours of dark chocolate and coffee, this original Irish stout (before Guinness) is served almost everywhere in the country. It has been around since the 1800s and is still one of the traditional favourites.

11. McGargles Francis’ Big Bangin’ IPA – the first family of craft Irish beer

McGargles Francis Big Banging IPA is another of the must-try ales and stouts on the island.
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With aromas of orange, grapefruit, and pine, this fruity beer has won many awards, and it’s no surprise why. This is a beer made with a modern take on the US IPA style, and it sure is winning in our books! Hands-down one of the best Irish beer brands you should try.

10. Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale – incredibly smooth and flavourful

Looking a creamy Ale, try Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, sure to hit the spot.
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This classic ale has a creamy consistency with definite flavours of roasted nuts, toffee, and caramel.

9. Smithwick’s Red Ale – a very old Irish beer indeed

You have to try Smithwicks Irish Red Ale, a delicious beverage.
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With a malty, yet sweet flavour, this beer is ideal with your traditional Irish dinner. The beer dates back to the 14th century when the Franciscan monks would brew their own beer next to the Smithwick’s brewery. It’s a beer that’s easy to drink and bursts with delicious hoppy flavours.

8. Harp Lager – keeping it simple

Another of the best Irish beer you need to try is Harp Lager, a must try.

This classic lager is for anyone who likes a traditional lager. It’s just perfect for summertime, especially when served ice cold. This is a beer that, although starts off bitter, finishes as refreshing and clean on the palate. Definitely one of the top Irish beer brands.

7. O’ Hara’s Irish Stout – back to basics

Oharas Irish craft beer is another of the best Irish beer brands you have to try.
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Staying true to Irish tradition, this award-winning beer is a must-try for any stout lover.

6. Guinness Irish Stout – take a trip to the dark side

Guinness Irish Stout is another of the best Irish beer brands everybody needs to try once.

This national favourite is a hearty brew which has an extraordinary pouring process. This rich and creamy beer has flavours of malt and hints of chocolate, making it so easy to drink. Head to the Guinness Storehouse to discover the process and pour your own pint.

5. Murphy’s Irish Stout – save room for dessert

Another of the top Irish beer to try is Murphys.
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If Guinness is the hearty meal, then Murphy’s is the sweet dessert. This is the lighter of the three, (Guinness, Beamish, and Murphy’s) with similarities to an Iced mocha. Sounds delicious!

4. Porterhouse Temple Lager – the original craft-beer makers

Porterhouse Brewing Company make one of the best Irish beers in the entire country.
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You must try this Irish lager, the first and original lager of Temple Bar.

3. Rascals Happy Days Session Pale Ale – a happy day in a can

Looking another of the best Irish beers, try Rascals Happy Days IPA.
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One of the top Irish beer brands is Rascals beers. Exotic, fruity, and juicy, this banger of a beer has flavours of mango, passion fruit, orange, and melon, which make it so easy to drink.

2. Wicklow Wolf Elevation Pale Ale – an incredibly drinkable Irish beer

Wicklow Wolf Elevation Pale Ale is another of the best Irish beer brands you can try.
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This refreshing and delicious Wicklow Wolf pale ale has flavours of grapefruit and pineapple, making it extremely tasty and popular with the nation.

1. Galway Bay Althea APA – a modern APA

Galway Bay Brewerys Althea Pale Ale is one of the best Irish beer brands.
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This tropical beer has notes of papaya, mango, and peach, making it a favourite, served in many pubs nationwide.

So put down that pint of Guinness for a moment and let’s give these other beers a chance to shine for a moment. It’s easy to go straight to the well-known beers, but what if these beers, just waiting to be discovered, are even better?

Of course, we have many more beers that we just couldn’t fit on our list, but that’s even more reason for you to get out there and become an Irish beer enthusiast because you never know what you will find.

The beer industry, craft beer, in particular, is just booming in Ireland, and rightly so. Many breweries are bringing back traditional ways of brewing and others are creating modern twists as well as thinking outside the beer box.

We just can’t wait to see what else is on the horizon for the world of Irish lager.

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Jade Poleon is a free spirit with a love for the world and her homeland, Ireland. Jade started travelling in 2007 and since then has travelled to every continent and over 90 countries, qualified as a yoga teacher in India, hiked the Himalayas, walked 900km across Spain, and is about to embark on a trip through Portugal in her camper van. Travel is her number-one passion, and she has a soft spot for hiking, food, and jaw-dropping scenery, all of which can be found right here on our stunning Emerald Isle.