Irish craft beers launched in kegs after success of bottles


Interest in the McGargles range of Irish beers in bottles has led UK importer Morgenrot to now launch them on draught.

After being introduced in the UK in February, they will be available for the first time in 30-litre kegs, with a distinctive font and point-of-sale materials to help increase visibility and position the brand.

Brewed at the Rye River Brewery in Kilcock in Co Kildare, the range comprises Granny Mary’s Red Ale, Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale and Knock Knock Ned’s IPA plus Uncle Jim’s Stout which is a new addition to the UK line-up.

Available in 33cl bottles, initial listings for the range already include restaurant group Gaucho.

Graham Archibald, Morgenrot sales director, said: “The level of interest for these beers has been astounding since launch earlier this year so adding the draught formats plus the brewery’s stout was an incredibly easy decision, especially with the core drinking season closing in.

“The beers have already proved that they will capture the nation’s imagination so we can’t wait to unleash the draught formats in venues throughout the UK as well as the brewery’s unique font and POS.”

Granny Mary’s Red Ale, at 4.4% ABV, is a 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.

Uncle Jim’s Stout, at 4.5% ABV, is a smooth, full-flavoured, well rounded stout. The aroma provides subtle coffee and chocolate on the nose with the chocolate carrying through onto the palate to balance perfectly with the bitterness from the Herkules hops. It pairs well with casseroles and beef pies as well as rich chocolate desserts.

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

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