O’Hara’s Brewery in Carlow has collaborated with Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey to brew a new limited edition beer; Irish Wit.
The beer is a take on the classic wit style and is brewed using 50% wheat malt, flaked oats, local ale malt and fermented with Tullamore Dew’s own yeast as part of a mixed culture fermentation. The resulting flavour is a mix of sweet and dry with strong citrus notes of orange followed by hints of lemon, banana and grapefruit leading to a clean and refreshing mouthfeel.
The beer pairs particularly well with spicy dishes, seafood, shellfish, and also offsets the clean saltiness of a Greek salad.
The idea for the collaboration was based on designing a beer specifically to pair with Tullamore Dew whiskey.
Seamus O’Hara, founder and CEO of O’Hara’s Brewery, commented: “Usually when we think about working with an Irish whiskey it’s for our award winning barrel aged series but this time we’ve done something a little bit different and novel. While not as common in Ireland, the idea of pairing a beer with a whiskey is nothing new, in fact I’ve found that Tullamore Dew pairs particularly well with our Irish red ale.
“When the possibility of collaborating with our good friends at Tullamore Dew came up we considered the idea of a barrel aged version of our Irish red, but then we thought why not try to create the perfect beer to pair with Tullamore Dew? How could we collaborate outside of simply using Tullamore barrels?
“When the opportunity arose to work with the Tullamore Dew yeast, we jumped at the chance, and once we decided this was the route we were going to take, it was obvious that a wit style beer would best show off the yeast and evoke some of the fruity and spicy notes typical of the whiskey, while at the same time allowing us to keep the ABV at a manageable 4%, perfect for pairing with a glass of Tullamore Dew.”
Irish Wit will be available in select independent bars, off-licences and retailers with a RRP €2.55 for 33cl bottle.