Craft beers from Ireland’s pioneering Carlow Brewing Company have been brought to the UK through a new partnership with specialist beer importer Euroboozer.
Its award-winning O’Hara’s beers are being made available in 30-litre steel kegs as well as stylish 33cl and 50cl bottles. They comprise Irish Stout, Irish Red Nitro and Irish Pale Ale, supplemented by seasonal specials.
Euroboozer founder Martyn Railton said: “We’ve been huge fans of the authentic O’Hara brews for many years so we’re incredibly proud to have these first three beers in our portfolio ahead of the summer.
“The brewery has been a linchpin of the craft beer scene in Ireland and has built a formidable reputation for its quality approach to brewing.
“The Irish Pale is their best-selling beer in Ireland and the Stout is the brewery’s number-one beer in export markets, closely followed by the Red, so we’re excited to see the reaction from the UK trade and consumers.”
Set up in 1996, the Carlow Brewing Company is an independent family-owned brewery and one of the forerunners of Ireland’s exciting, innovative and fast-moving craft brewing scene.
Its founder and CEO, Seamus O’Hara, said: “For us at O’Hara’s, it’s all about the passion for great beer. With Euroboozer we have found a kindred spirit to work with and are delighted to be added to their curated craft portfolio. We look forward to growing our presence across the UK market and sharing our award-winning styles with craft beer enthusiasts.”
Tasting notes from Euroboozer
O’Hara’s Irish Stout (4.3% ABV)
First brewed in 1999, O’Hara’s Irish Stout pays homage to this famous beer style and how they used to taste. The brewery’s flagship brand, O’Hara’s Irish Stout has a robust roast flavour complemented by a full-bodied and smooth mouth feel. The generous addition of Fuggle hops lends a tart bitterness to the dry espresso-like finish. This session-able stout beer is filled with rich complex coffee aromas mingled with light liquorice notes. The combination of traditional stout hops with an extra pinch of roast barley allows the beer to stay true to Irish tradition.
O’Hara’s Irish Red Nitro (4.3% ABV)
This Irish Red stands out in this beer style category. The malt body is as impressive as a bock, albeit in a uniquely Irish way. With an incredibly smooth malt body complimented by caramel tones and perfectly balanced in bitterness, this Irish Red is much more complex than its mainstream rivals.
O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale (5.2% ABV)
A contemporary style IPA with an Irish twist. Combining the balance of European IPAs with the generous dry hopping of American pale ales, this beer is zesty and refreshingly bitter with a beautiful long finish. With a copper toned body topped with a lightly carbonated head, the dry hopping brings an intense aroma and lasting array of fruit and floral notes.