BREWER’S BLOG

Comeragh Challenger 2013

Fantastic news – we actually have a summer this year to accompany our summer seasonal! Perfect weather for a Comeragh Challenger, and our summer release is now available in all the top spots.

Comeragh Challenger

Comeragh Challenger

This is our second summer bottling Comeragh Challenger, which is a single-hopped, traditional-style bitter made with pale malt, crystal malt and Challenger hops. At just 3.8% abv it’s a great easy-drinking beer for these barbeque days. Goes well with red meat so perfect to have on hand when the grill is being fired up, but also wonderful with cold meats and strong cheeses – how about the classic ploughman’s lunch with some crusty Barron’s bread, a nutty cheese like the wonderful Little Milk Company‘s Organic Vintage Cheddar and a bottle or two of Challenger? Perfect lunch in my book!

Of course, since last year’s release we’ve reworked all of our labels so had to re-do Challenger to tie in with the new look – once again we turned to the design team at Greenhouse Studios and are delighted with the results, I think the label really reflects the fresh, grassy hoppiness of the beer.

Comeragh Challenger is being distributed throughout Ireland by Fourcorners and is available from independent off-licences, craft beer bars, O’Brien’s Wines, O’Donovan’s and Carry Out stores.  We’ve also casked some of it up so look out for it arriving on handpumps, or call to Merry’s Gastropub in Dungarvan where it’s permanently on cask following a petition from their customers last winter.  See more about the beer here.

Summer Challenge

The arrival of Comeragh Challenger also makes me realise that the Sean Kelly Tour is just around the corner. Having named the beer after the toughest route on the tour it seems fitting that I take part myself, maybe on a gentler route though…  time to get the bike out and get into training – fortunately, I can think of no better post-training reward than a bottle of Challenger in the garden. Best of luck to all those taking part, see you in the Déise on August 25th.

Cheers!
Cormac