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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Beers of Euro 2016 - #10 Northern Ireland, India Pale Ale by Farmageddon Brewing Co-op

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When I set myself the challenge of drinking beers from all twenty four countries who were competing in the UEFA European Championship, there were some countries that expected to be more difficult on sourcing beers from than others. However whilst I was able to find beer from places like Hungary and Slovenia relatively easily, it was countries closer to home that proved to be a much harder task.
Wanting to steer clear of the mass produced beers, I was struggling to find Northern Irish beers online or in any of my local beer shops. Northern Ireland has a rich tradition of brewing beer, In fact, the Celtic tradition of brewing beer almost certainly existed in Ireland from before 1,000BC using barley as its main ingredients. The Roman emperor Julian described Celtic beer as smelling “like a billy goat.” There was a reason for that, historically Ireland produced ale without the use of hops, as the plant is not native to Ireland, which led in the 18th century to importing quantities of hops from England. Fortunately, things have changed a great deal and over the last few years there has been a massive growth in the number of breweries producing quality craft beers all across 'Norn Iron'
Of course getting my hands on some of these beers wasn't as easy as it could have been and after an SOS across the Twittersphere, Farmageddon Brewing Co-op came to my rescue.
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Northern Ireland had one of the more difficult draws, being drawn in Group B with Poland, Ukraine and current World Cup holders Germany.
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Farmageddon Brewery Co-operative Limited is a Comber-based craft beer business that was set up in 2013 by seven friends with a mutual interest in home brewing. The beer produced by the co-op is unpasteurised and unfiltered, contains no preservatives and uses natural carrigan (an Irish seaweed used as a fining agent instead of inisglass) from Strangford Lough as an alternative, making it suitable for vegans.

I was very kindly sent three beers from the Farmageddon range including India Pale Ale, Gold Pale Ale, and Mosiac Pale Ale. As I'm a huge fan of good IPA, I decided that the India Pale Ale would be Northern Ireland's entry in my #beersofeuro2016 challenge.

The beer pours with a dark amber colour and is slightly cloudy in complexion. The IPA had a tight foamy head that left a little lacing down the glass. Aromas of caramel and malty bread compete with gingerbread on the nose- I was surprised not to detect the usual tropical fruit notes synonymous with India Pale Ales. The caramel and gingerbread notes carry on into the taste with a light spice and subtle fruitiness similar to Christmas cake, leaving a dry finish in the mouth. As India Pale Ales go, the offering from Farmageddon Brewing Co-op was pretty impressive and definitely one that I would look forward to drinking again. On a side note, the Mosiac IPA was probably more to my liking, packing the bitter hoppy flavours often found in the big American IPA's.

I'd like to thank the team at Farmageddon Brewing Co-op for volunteering their beer for my challenge and wish them all the best for the future. I'm actually heading over to Belfast at the end of the month so looking forward to looking for a familiar beer when I'm over in Northern Ireland.

Keep an eye on the rest of my challenge and feel free to share your own beers of Euro2016 on Twitter using the hashtag #beersofeuro2016

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