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.
Beara Irish Brewing Co
2800 Lafayette Rd
Saturday 1 p.m.-8p.m.
Sunday 1p.m.-6 p.m.