Gallows Hill Barley Wine
A strong ale filled with dark fruit flavours and toffee chewiness underscoring an earthy hoppiness.
This is a rich, strong ale loaded with classic flavours of dried fruits and a caramel nutty maltiness. While the alcohol content provides a warmth to it, aging has mellowed this to a very smooth, very balanced beer. Warming and complex, this is one to spend time over.
What’s in a name? Gallows Hill in Dungarvan’s origins have been long been speculated over – whether it was a Norman motte and bailey, a Bronze Age barrow or the fort / dún from which Dungarvan was named. In July this year, as part of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Dungarvan’s town charter, Waterford County Museum commissioned a geophysical survey of the hill to try to determine its exact origin.
Cheese pairings: The classic pairing is with an English stilton, but also great with a vintage cheddar where the rich nuttiness of both would work well together, along with the biscuity malt flavours in the beer.
Food Pairings: As this is a complex, big beer with many flavours going on it’s not one that would be great with a full meal but amazing if treated more as a digestif and served with cheese (see above) or desserts and cake filled with plummy, fruity, toffee flavours – given the season, nothing could be better than toasted barm brack!
Alcohol: 8.5% ABV
Hops: Challenger, East Kent Goldings, Sovereign
Allergens: Contains Barley
Availability: Autumn 2016 currently on release, very limited availability.