"At Kinnegar we pair brewing tradition with a contemporary sense of adventure to produce clean, crisp, full-flavoured farmhouse beers. The brewery is named after the nearby Kinnegar Beach just north of Rathmullan in County Donegal.
On November 1st I hit the local Gas Station Off sales with dry mouthed anticipation. Sober October was finally over and my status a Sober Hero was about to be celebrated with a lot of Cold Beer. During my Hiatus, the off sales has been remodelled and is now twice the size it had been! The walk in cooler was bigger and the beer selection had grown too.
I decided to be selective and ease myself back into booze, so a selection of three Beer's from Kinnegar Brewing was perfect. Advertised as being Farmhouse Bars, brewed and bottled at an Independently-owned brewery in County Donegal, they carry the Independent Irish craft beer seal of authenticate approval.
The three I picked up, out of the six available, Limeburner Pale Ale, Scraggy Bay IPA & Rustbucket Rye Ale came in 500ml bottles ranging in strength from 4.7% to 5.3%.
Scraggy Bay IPA, 5.3%. I am definitely becoming a fan of Indian Pale Ale. Having sampled quite a few this summer, I can confidently say this is one of the best I have had. With a rich amber pour and a strong frothy head that stuck round for the pint. It has great balance, with a medium body and Hop Hop Hops like a bunny. Satisfying bitter finish.
Rustbucket Rye Ale, 5.1%
This was my first Rye Ale, my first of many. Its Beers like this that reinforce the self loathing you feel for drinking so many bottles of sub par mass produced fizz for so long. (sorry for the picture quality) Great white Head, with a amber almost orange pour. perfectly carbonated with palatable bitterness and a clean almost spicy finish.
Limeburner Pale Ale, 4.7%
A light gold pour with not much head to describe. Reasonable carbonation and a clean crisp if not slightly sour initial taste. It has a hoppy yet bitter finish and while its a fine ale in its own way, its our least favourite of the three. It lacks the stronger flavours of its stablemates.
I am glad I took the plunge on this Brewery and will actively seek out the other three Brothers in the Family.
More details available at www.Kinnegarbrewing.ie