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Craft Beer Pubs in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

16th August 2019

Dublin, the traditional home of the black stuff, is quickly becoming a mecca for another delicious type of brew: craft beer. The capital is home to some fantastic craft beer establishments where you'll find some of the best brews the country has to offer. Here are some of them.

There will always be some for whom a pint of Guinness and a pack of scampi fries represents the quintessential Dublin pub experience. However, the city is increasingly expanding its horizons with a wealth of bars and pubs that eschew the creamy heads of yore in favour of an ever-increasing range of forward-thinking drinks – from country ales to international spirits with a kick. If you’re less concerned with tourist trail Irish trad sessions and keen to spend your money on drinks with a story behind them, you could do worse than settling in for a night at any of these excellent craft beer bars...

L Mulligan Grocer

L. Mulligan Grocer is basically your one-stop shop in Stoneybatter. Almost single-handedly reviving the tarnished name of the gastropub, the folks here live and breathe Irish produce. The casks are regularly stocked with local Irish brews and the suppliers that provide their seasonal food for the exciting menu are the best this island has to offer. They’ve recently ramped up the grocer section of their output, so you can now take home their bread, coffee and even some beer from the taps in their own L Mulligan Growlers. It’s worth noting that this lot are also responsible for the fantastic Brown Paper Bag Project, with a range of beers well worth picking up while you’re there.

J.W. Sweetman

J.W. Sweetman Craft Brewery boasts the only pub in Dublin with a micro-brewery inside the premises. If you’ve ever been concerned about the origins of your favourite libation, why not take matters into your own hands and drink straight from the source. In fact, at J .W. Sweetman you’re encouraged to sample all their wares on a handy tasting flight and make an informed choice. However, if you need more than one round of decision-making no one would blame you with all beer styles checked off, from Pale Ale to Porter and everything in between.

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Against The Grain

Proudly owned by Galway Bay brewery, Camden Street's Against The Grain has an excellent selection of Irish craft beers and international brews. Choose from beers with tempting names like Soundwave Sessions Milkshake, Apricot Brett Pale Ale and The Dreamcatcher. While you're sipping on a pint of amber nectar, why not try a delicious dish from the bar food menu, which has everything from marinated haddock taquitos to buttermilk fried chicken and even vegan options.  For dessert, we recommend the peanut and chocolate popcorn.

Black Sheep

Part of Capel Street’s colourful line-up, the Black Sheep is the most charming incarnation of the Galway Bay Brewing family. With an impressive range of international beers on top of the Irish stalwarts and upstarts, what makes the Black Sheep really stand out is the cosy yet spacious interior that doesn’t lead to crowding like its Dublin counterparts. For the night that’s in it, they also frequently host various events from comedians and musicians to special tastings. If you’re looking to justify these varied tipples with a show this is the right place to pitch up.

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Bison

Just over the River Liffey from the Black Sheep and you find yourself in the Deep South, with Bison Bar & BBQ: a saloon bar emblazoned with game that sits below the Workman’s Club. Irish and other whiskies is the name of the game here, with over 150 bottles to choose from. The selection spans the well-known to emerging producers such as Japanese distillers Nikka. If you’re feeling peckish why not indulge in the 13-hour slow-cooked briskets and pulled pork that represent the jewel in Bison’s crown.

The Porterhouse

Established in 1996, The Porterhouse on Parliament Street is a veritable mecca for anyone who loves a good craft beer. It has since opened three more bars in Dublin and sister bars in London and New York. The founding Temple Bar establishment has tons of great international brews as well as the company's own ones. Try out the Porterhouse Yippy IPA, a delicious blend of subtle fresh pine spice and zesty notes of lemon and grapefruit that matches the fruity, juicy flavour of citrus. This is a great large venue that's ideal for groups, and the perfect starting point for a craft beer crawl through Dublin.
 

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