Ah Springtime! Warmer weather, brighter evenings, spirit of rebirth and regrowth… ok, today in Dungarvan we are listening to torrential rain and howling winds but I have it on good authority that March will go out ‘like a lamb’ and brighter, warmer springtime weather will be ushered in.
With this in mind we have been busy at the brewery preparing for our first springtime seasonal release – Mahon Falls Rye Pale Ale (5.1% ABV), a punchy, fruity pale ale with a rye bite. Made with a base of rye malt and a mixture of American, Australian and English hops, this beer is all about the fresh flavour of the hops, underscored by the nutty earthiness of the rye.
You may have been one of the lucky ones who got to try this as ‘Rye-PA’ at Brewer’s on the Bay last year, where it won beer of the festival, or at the Irish Craft Beer Festival in the RDS last September where the cask we brought sold out in minutes – leading to TheBeerNut to award it “Best Irish Draught Beer” in his Golden Pints awards for 2012, saying ” it was stunning: spectacularly combining bold assertive hops with smooth cask drinkability” .
We’ve tweaked the recipe slightly since then but it still has the fruity, floral hoppiness underscored with the earthiness of rye to make this the perfect springtime drink.
Mahon Falls is scheduled to be released from the brewery at the beginning of April, and we’ll have it available on cask at upcoming festivals: in the Franciscan Well at Easter, at West Waterford Festival of Food in April and at Brewer’s in the Bay in Galway in May.