Top Picks from Lidl’s New Range of Craft Beer and Cider
As the thirst for craft beer and cider keeps growing, the shelves of retailers -large and small- adapt to what customers look for. Lidl is upping its craft beer game and will welcome over 25 new alternatives on its 146 Irish stores starting from Monday 11th of July.
A mix of Irish and international brands will be featured on the German retailer’s off-license area. Among the Irish craft beer and cider selection shelves will see the addition of two new own-brand cider products to Lidl’s popular ‘Crafty Brewing Company’, brewed by Rye River Brewing Company in Celbridge, Co. Kildareas well as local favourites such as Carlow-based O’Hara’s, Trouble Brewing from Kill, Co. Kildare, and McGargle’s range.
International treats include a mix of Belgian and British craft beers. Classic Belgian “dubbel” style abbey ales will bring award winning variety to the offer which will be complemented by four British ales from the Shepherd Neame range, the oldest brewery in Britain.
Here are some of our top picks from the upcoming selection…
Belgium – Four pack €7.99
6.5% ABV – 330 ml bottle
A top-fermented dark beer brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts. It has a pleasant sweet attack with flavours that remind of ovaltine and caramel, then a shy bitterness just after helps counterbalance the sweetness and shows the toasted and nutty side of the beer. It’s rich and subtle, a good choice if you are used to lighter beers and feel like exploring the dark side.
McGargles Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale
Ireland – €2.99
4.5% ABV – 500 ml bottle
Fruity and with a soft malty character, this is a refreshing and tasty ale with vibrant bubbles and a small white head.
This beer offers a low alcoholic and balanced mix of hoppy bitterness and sweet ripe tropical fruit. It is on the light side, and it would be a lovely match to pie, or just enjoyed on its own.
O’Hara’s Hop Adventures / O’Hara’s Irish Red
Ireland – €2.99
5% ABV [Hop Adventures] 4.3% ABV [Irish Red] – 500 ml bottle
Carlow-based O’Hara’s is bringing a total of six beers and their Hop Adventures Aramis Hop as well as their Irish Red were among our top picks. The first one is a single hop IPA with a combination of citrus and spicy aromas and flavours and a medium body. The second one is a very traditional red ale, richer and sturdier than many in the same style and with a mix of toasted praline and bitterness that brings great balance.
Trouble Brewing – Dark Arts Porter
Ireland – €2.99
4.4% ABV – 500 ml bottle
Light in body but rich in flavours and aromas, this porter is generous in the palate but never overwhelming.
Espresso and dark chocolate notes dominate and creamy caramel balances the bitterness from the background. A delicate smokiness adds to its complexity and makes it stand out from simpler beers.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.