Mescan Brewery in Westport, Co. Mayo has launched Beoir na Nollag, its 2018 Christmas beer.
Beoir na Nollag is a dark amber beer clocking in at 8.8%. It was aged in bulk for six months and then transferred to Irish whiskey casks for a further two months of barrel aging. The beer was then dry hopped and bottle conditioned.
The flavour profile is malty, with dry fruits, warming alcohol and subtle notes of whiskey, wood and hops. Over time it will demonstrate an evolving complexity as it matures further in the bottle, meaning it can be enjoyed now or cellared for later drinking.
The beer has a seasonal bottle label, drawn by hand and featuring the Christmas star added to the Mescan logo just above Croagh Patrick.
“We made a version of the beer three years ago and it was a huge success,” explained Cillian Ó Móráin of Mescan, “This year's beer follows the theme but it's a new recipe.”
The brewery has also announced a new venture for 2019, which will see it move away from the traditioanl Belgian styles for the first time. The brewers are planning to produce novel small batch one-off brews on a three monthly basis. The first offering, ready for release in January, will be a dry hopped lager.
The limited edition Beoir na Nollag is available in selected outlets country wide and online at www.mescanbrewery.com.