Guinness is synonymous with Irish beer. It is the one beer that everyone outside of Ireland knows and for good reason; it's delicious. However, with the Irish having their reputation for being some of the best drinkers on earth, you know that there are plenty of other Irish beers that are just as good. Here are a few that you can look forward to enjoying in the Emerald Isle.
I bet you've heard of and maybe even had a Smithwicks or two, but I also bet you didn't know they make a blonde. This beer has a floral aroma, goes down smooth, and doesn't leave with that heavy feeling that a lot of Irish beers will. A must try.
Beamish is a dark stout similar to Guinness, that is more prevalent in southern Ireland in towns like Cork and Killarney. It is a smooth finishing stout with all the notes you would expect from a traditional stout and (dare I say?) a little bit more flavor than the better known Guinness.
Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale
Galway Hooker is a craft brewery based out of Couny Galway Ireland. You can't get these beers anywhere outside of Ireland, and even in the country, it is only available in a few areas. When you walk into any pub in Galway, they will have all of Galway Hooker's varieties on tap; this beer is the pride and joy of the Galway area. The Irish Pale Ale is, in my opinion, far and away their best brew. It has all the familiarity of the traditional pale ales that we are used to in the states, with a hint of the flavor of the traditional Irish red beers.
As is expected, there is another stout on this list. The Murphy's Stout is actually brewed in the same brewery as Beamish (weird, right?). Murphy's is known for its slightly nutty flavor and a finish that is less bitter than Guinness.
Kilkenny Irish Red
Ironically, Kilkenny is actually owned and brewed by Guinness. Think of it as a unique cross between a Smithwicks and a Guinness. It is a traditional Irish red, but it is nitrogenated and has a creamy head similar to Guinness.