St Patrick’s Day

17th March 2018. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. This festive day has now become very commercialised and images of shamrocks, leprechauns and floods of green come to mind when someone thinks about the Irish Celebration. Oh, and alcohol, lots and lots of alcohol is prominent during this festival.

Despite Ireland being very close to Scotland (my home country), I rarely find Irish beer stocking the shelves of supermarkets and local craft beer shops. Guinness is readily available everywhere, unsurprisingly, but I’ve not been exposed to many other breweries from Ireland.

Grunting Growler, in the West End of Glasgow, decided to bring a splash of Irish beer to Glasgow. Its tap-list for St Patrick’s Day was composed solely of beers by Irish breweries. I thought that having a variety of Irish craft beers on tap was a truly great way to commemorate the nation’s festival – well done Grunting Growler!

Of the beers on tap, I had to fill my 2L growler with a beer called “Of Foam And Fury”. This is the strongest beer that I’ve had in a 2L growler – it was a DIPA by Galway Bay Brewery. This brewery has started to gain great momentum recently and is now focusing on trying to distribute the brewery’s beers more widely across the UK and Europe. In 2009, a brewery was added onto the site of the primary pub, “The Oslo”, making it one of the first brew pubs in the country.

Mandatory “Of Foam And Fury” Facts:

  • Untappd Rating: 4.03 (at time of writing)
  • IBU: 132
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Style: Double IPA
  • Additional Info: Winner of ‘Beoir Beer of the Year’, 2014

Once home, the 2L growler chilled in the bottom of the fridge for the rest of the afternoon. That night it was time for sampling, since it was imperative that I had a taste of this Irish beer on St Patrick’s Day itself! Pouring a true draught beer into my pint glass at home is always a satisfying experience. This way, a true foam head is produced – a tall 1.5 inch bright white one in this case. It pours as a deep, hazy, orange colour. Fruity aromas float from the top of the beer, with a touch of pine also. This beer is layered with hops – Simcoe, Chinook and Mosaic – producing a beer that has flavours of citrus and pine, along with tropical elements. Following these tastes is a strong bitterness, which was no surprise due to its high IBU. Sure, “Of Foam And Fury” has a strong IBU, but it also packs a good alcoholic punch which successfully competes with the big flavours and bitterness. A great all-round beer; I really enjoyed trying a different Irish beer on St Patrick’s Day.

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Rating: 3.25/5. “Of Foam and Fury” by Galway Bay Brewery is a great initial introduction to this expanding company. I look forward to seeing more of their products become increasingly accessible in locations near me!

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