Ireland’s long history of brewing continues to evolve and produce great new beer. The Guest Ale was privileged to be invited to the recent launch of the Inishmacsaint Brewing Company at The Porter House in London’s Covent Garden. Present were a crew from BBC Northern Ireland and The Apprentice and Countdown presenter Nick Hewer, who are making a film about promising Northern Irish businesses, including Inishmacsaint.
Inishmacsaint Brewing Company is based on a farm as part of a diversification project by local farmer Gordon Fallis. You couldn’t meet a nicer man than Fallis and, as we shared chat over the ingredients of Fermanagh Beer – there is just one single brew at the moment – his passion for beer was clear.
“We craft tasty beers in small batches with exclusively natural ingredients which reflect the history and character of our local area,” he said.
Inishmacsaint’s Fermanagh Beer is a pale and effervescent ale weighing it at 5% ABV. It’s got a pale and crystal malt base, giving it a lovely amber hue and is slightly hazy by nature. The use of Hallertau and Saaz hops from mainland Europe give it that crisp, Pilneresque feel but Inishmacsaint is unique in that it uses local ingredients to flavour. Everything – including the adding of crown caps – is done by hand.
The brewery is integral to the sustainability of the small family farm, with spent malt grains re-used as feedstuff for animals. Gordon says this diversification will hopefully allow the farm to continue in a low intensity manner with its focus being primarily on conservation of the unique habitats found on the farm.
Good luck to Inishmacsaint and viewers in Northern Ireland can see more on Gordon’s exploits later in the autumn.