It’s that time of the year when the evenings get shorter and the days get colder. Which means it’s time for the winter seasonals/Christmas beers. There’s been a massive increase this year with nearly half the Irish microbreweries producing at least one seasonal, and in some cases, two and even three. The styles are almost all malt-forward as expected for the time of year, with a couple of surprises. Red IPAs, Spiced Ryes and of course, the Coffee Porter/Stouts are all well represented. So, get tracking…

  • 5 Lamps: Glendalough Barrel Aged Red, Porter and Dark IPA.

  • 9 White Deer: Cask specials only- Black Lightning and Lon Dubh.

  • Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne: Festive Imperial Black Ale and Winter Ale.

  • Black Donkey: Dark Biere de Garde.

  • Blacks of Kinsale: “Worlds End” Imperial Chocolate Vanilla Stout.

  • Bo Bristle: TBA.

  • Boundary Brewing: Chili Porter and Coconut Lemon Berlinerweisse.

  • Brehon: Shanco Duhb relaunch.

  • Brú: “Darkside” Saison and 400 Day Barrel Aged Stout (in bottles).

  • Carlow: “Winter Star” Spiced Rye Ale

  • Carrig: Barrel Aged Black IPA and Red IPA.

  • Donegal: Expresso Stout.

  • Dungarvan: Coffee and Oatmeal Stout

  • Eight Degrees: “Snow Eater” Red IPA, “Signal” Belgium Stout and “Mór” Barleywine.

  • Elbow Lane: Vienna Lager.

  • Farmageddon: Winter IPA.

  • Galway Bay: "Space Suit" Dark Saison and "Diving Bell" Salted Caramel Wee Heavy.

  • Hooker: 3 beers TBA.

  • Independent: Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine    and Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine.

  • Inishmacsaint: Collaboration with Pokertree- TBA.

  • Jack Cody's: “Curly Hole” Samhain Ale.

  • JW Sweetman: TBA.

  • Killarney Brewing: TBA.

  • Kinnegar: “Maddyroe” Red IPA and “Long Tongue” Winter Ale.

  • Manor Brewing: TBA.

  • Mescan: “Beoir Na Nollaig” Red Tripel.

  • Metalman: "Orange Is The New Black" Orange Dark Ale.

  • Mountain Man: Cask Specials.

  • Mourne Mountain: TBA.

  • Northbound Brewery: Smoked Wheat Ale.

  • O Brother: Coffee Porter.

  • Otter Bank: Dark Sour.

  • Pokertree: Collaboration With Inisgmacsaint- TBA.

  • Porterhouse: TBA.

  • Radik Ale: TBA.

  • Rascal: Double Red IPA.

  • Simon Lamberts and Sons: Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Barleywine and Chardonnay Barrel Aged Belgium Brown.

  • St Mel's Brewing Company: Raisin and Oatmeal Stout.

  • Stone Barrel: Coffee and Oatmeal Stout and Oatmeal Amber.

  • Third Circle: Rye Stout.

  • Torc Brewing: Smoked German Ale.

  • Trouble Brewing: “Dash Away” Cherry Stout

  • White Gypsy: Yule Ol.

  • White Hag: Christmas Ale.

  • Wicklow Wolf: “A Beer Called Rwanda” Coffee Brown Ale.

  • Wild Bat: TBA.

  • Wood Key Brewery: Spiced Rye and Black Treacle Ale.