Happy St Patrick’s Day, Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh, or Happy Guinness Day!
Here at Hallway we love our beers, and St Paddy’s is one of the great days reserved to one style of beer, in particular, the Stout. But as much as we love Guinness and specifically their work at the Open Gate brewery, we can’t help but bring our love for dark beers back home and celebrate St Paddy’s with some of our favourite Craft brewed stouts (and porters, because really what is the difference?) So here are our top Five stouts to celebrate this great day.
If you’re a little cautious about diving into the world of dark beers, this is certainly one that will help you catch the luscious, silky wave to palate paradise. Big chocolate and coffee (hence the name) flavours are followed by a sultry mouth feel leaving you wanting an endless supply.
Fresh off the back of winning SIBA’s Brewery Business of 2017 and Business Innovation awards last night, we couldn’t escape the allure of Fourpure’s Oatmeal Stout- extra sweetness and creaminess provided by the oatmeal, with delicious vanilla flavours balanced with a bit of caramel.
We first tried this at Craft Beer Rising a few weeks back and absolutely loved it. The name comes naturally with the Italian founders being 3 waiters and a chef, the KP being the true workhorse of the brewery. Look out for the liquorice rounding off this newcomer.
Taking in the heritage of this great London brewing name, and honing in on the roots of Stout, this original Truman’s recipe was only reproduced to 2000 bottles, and will happily sit maturing for 10 years if you so wish, or if you don’t, expect an incredibly rounded Stout with strong treacle flavours that warrant the £25 price tag.
The beer that started it all for A&H by winning Silver at the International Beer Challenge in 2013 whilst still a homebrew, and then Gold in 2014, this Porter really stands out. We recommend heading down to the taproom to try this at source.
With this lineup of craft brews, you should be all set for a truly flavoursome St Patrick’s Day experience, without having to worry about being caught out for not drinking Guinness.