Jamie Power, of Molloys, Leopardstown Valley, Dublin 18, writes about his favourite drink
Apr 16 2012
Jamie Power, Molloys, Leopardstown, Dublin 18
At times I feel torn between whiskey and craft beer for a favourite drink. As Al Higgins, from the Celtic Whiskey Shop, covered my favourite whiskey, Connemara, in the December 2011 issue, he made the choice of topic easy for me: I will discuss my favourite beer.
Whether it's a crispy Weiss bier, a spicy IPA, a fruity amber ale or perhaps a chocolaty stout (I could go on), there's a brew out there for everyone. The increasing array of choices and styles of beer available from every corner of the world is an indication of consumers yearning for something different to the established mainstream brands. In the time I've spent working in Molloys, I've thoroughly enjoyed working my way through our ever-expanding selection.
An exciting upshot of the growing demand for craft beers is that we are now seeing a wider range of Irish craft beers, ales and stouts produced by both established and emerging micro-breweries. It has personally been a joy for me seeing more great Irish beers becoming available as they gain a foothold in the market, such as Galway Hooker, Sun Burnt Irish Red, O'Hara's and many others. To answer the question though, my favourite beer is Copper Coast Red Ale From the Dungarvan Brewing Company in Waterford.
This smooth ale has a beautiful caramel character that has been achieved through the use of crystal malt in the brewing process. It is fruity, while well balanced by bittering hops and is a perfect accompaniment to meat, steak being my preference. This is a truly flavoursome brew with a raw taste and being bottle-conditioned, it has a refreshing quality. So crack open a bottle and pour carefully into a nice clean glass (avoid pouring the natural yeast sediment if you prefer) and enjoy. Sláinte!