Irish craft beer range gains distribution in UK

McGargles Granny Mary’s Bottle

The McGargles range of craft beers from Ireland has gained a foothold in the UK on-trade through a new distribution deal.

Three of its ales – Granny Mary’s Red Ale, Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale and Knock Knock Ned’s IPA – have been added to the portfolio of UK importer Morgenrot, available initially in 33cl bottles.

The small-batch beers are produced at the Rye River Brewery in Kilcock, County Kildare, which was launched on St Patrick’s Day in 2014 – the first commercial brewery of scale to be built in Ireland in 100 years.

They are made under master brewer Steve Gilsenan who is one of only eight people alive to have won the JS Hough award from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Granny Mary’s Red Ale at 4.4% ABV is an award-winning malt-driven red ale made using earthy Fuggles hops plus Vienna and Cara Munich malt.

Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale at 4.5% ABV perfectly balances bitter citrus fruit notes with a caramelised palate. The hop aroma gives a strong tropical fruit sensation of pink grapefruit, mango and citrus from the Chinook and Summit hops used to dry hop the beer. The aroma is perfectly balanced by the taste as the hop character follows through in the taste giving it a well-rounded finish.

For a more potent ale, Knock Knock Ned’s real India Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV has a perfect balance of sweetness and bitter hops. Initial tones of citrus like fruit are followed by a bitter sweet hoppy hit.

Morgenrot sales director Graham Archibald said: “There’s already a buzz surrounding the McGargles brand in Ireland and we’re thrilled to be the sole distributor of the brand in the UK. The beers are fun, high quality and have real personality and the timing couldn’t be better with interest in exciting craft beers continuing to boom.”

Niall Phelan, co-founder of the Rye River Brewery Company, added: “We believe many beer brands take themselves too seriously so wanted to create beers which pack a punch when it comes to taste but are also fun and approachable for the masses.

“After an incredible start last year, we are delighted to now be working with Morgenrot to bring our special beers to the UK mainland.”

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