Irish You Were Beer

I’ve talked in the past about the Germans perfecting beer, but there’s another country that give them a run for their money: The Irish. Spoken as true Irish woman myself, we know beer. So does Beara Irish Brewing Co in Portsmouth, NH.

You may not notice the brewery at first as you’re driving down Rt 1 in Portsmouth, but you may see a big sign on the side of the road that just says “beer.” I mean, who doesn’t stop for that? Judging by the packed, small taproom, many others share this view. Tucked in the corner of a plaza surrounded by nail salons and Asian restaurants, you would not expect to find great beer here. But that’s what makes Beara a hidden gem.

I had, had some Beara in the past, most notably the Hefeweizen but had never visited the taproom. After seeing them hype up their newest beer, Cake By the Ocean, I knew I had to go. Cake By the Ocean is a java porter jam packed with Oreos. As I have never seen an Oreo beer before, I knew I had to try it. This beer definitely did not disappoint.  This dessert beer is not overpowered with the Oreo taste but rather compliments the chocolate base. Order the beer as a pint, and you have the option to make it into a beer float with ice cream. I ended up taking a couple bottles of it home to make these, because who doesn’t like beer and ice cream? I know, it sounds weird, but this beer makes it work. If you want to try it, you may want to head in sooner than later because who knows how much longer they’ll have it but it has definitely been in demand in talking with others in the taproom.

Continuing with the unique flavors that Beara offers, is a Buffalo beer. Before you even take a sip, the smell of Buffalo sauce fills your nose. On the first sip this tastes like a tame red ale. On second sip, the buffalo kicks in. Unique beer that’s worth a try. I had been a fan of Beara’s Hefeweizen in the past as it’s a crisp and banana and clove flavored hazy beer. Finally was Survivor, the Pale Ale. This beer is awesome because it is part of a collaboration between Beara and Rising Sons Brewery in Cork, Ireland. The beer itself is not as dry as a normal pale ale and is more amber in color.

If you’re tired of the typical beers, definitely check out Beara Irish Brewing. But watch out, this place gets very crowded and is very small. Check out the schedule too as they usually have some type of irish music playing in the taproom.

Slainte!

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Beara Irish Brewing Co
2800 Lafayette Rd
Portsmouth, NH

Hours
Thursday-Friday 5p.m.-8p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m.-8p.m.
Sunday 1p.m.-6 p.m.

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For the Trill of It All

To me, walking into Trillium is like walking into beer heaven. When it comes to beers, Trillium is like the Aston Martin.There’s a reason why they were just named third best brewery in the world. Other than their reputation and popularity, you can tell how good it is just by the long line outside before they even open.

I don’t think I’ve ever loved a beer quite like I love DDH Melcher St. The citrus flavor is beyond anything that I’ve ever had. With fruits like pineapple, nectarine, melon and surprisingly enough, contained a hint of green onion. The best part about it is how it’s double dry hopped with Mosaic hops.  The first sip nearly knocked me off my bar stool with how good it was. I’m still having dreams about it. On the Pale Ale side, Fort Point has to be the best Pale Ale I’ve ever had. It’s citrusy, crisp, and full of flavor. Just the smell of this beer is enough to make it great. Trillium’s two other DIPAs, Mettle and Vicinity, round a perfect tap list including many different sours, though I can’t quite get into the emerging sour scene. Mettle has a more subdued taste compared to Melcher St, but still delivers with great dry, bitter, citrus flavors. Vicinity, on the other hand, has a little more bite to it.

Food wise, Trillum has an area inside that vendors can set up at. For example Sunday they had a bagel vendor and those looked so good. If we hadn’t stopped at the famous Kane’s Donuts on the way down, I would have been all over that. Especially since living in New Hampshire doesn’t give the best options for bagels.

Trillium also gets big thumbs up for being very dog friendly. Like I’ve said before, any chance to drink beer and play with dogs is what Clark Griswold would call the “motherland, Russ”.

The greatness of Trillum couldn’t be contained to one location with a taproom in Canton, MA and a can/bottle/growler location in Fort Point in Boston. I’m already looking forward to another trip down this weekend to get more!

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Trillium Brewery (Taproom)
110 Shawmut Rd
Canton, MA

Retail Shop
369 Congress St
Boston, MA

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Varies by location

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