I used to think Guinness made only two beers; Guinness and Guinness Cold.
I was aware that they also brewed Harp, but never really felt it counted.
When I started this blog and began exploring beer, particularly those easily available in supermarkets, I came across the Guinness Brewers Project, including the Dublin and West Indies porters.
I’d also become aware, during a weekend exploring the Dublin pub scene, that they had developed Hop House 13, a rather hoppy lager offering that is a great option for those who drink lager to move towards beers. A bar just off O'Connell Street was offering tasters as we watched Ireland play Scotland in the football.
But in the last two weeks I’ve stumbled – in B&M Bargains, of all places – upon two Guinness beers I’d never even heard of before.
The first was the Rye Pale Ale, which is part of the Brewers Project. I can honestly say that it has very quickly become a beer that I will pick time and again. Unlike some pale ales, it’s very smooth. It’s also beautifully flavoured and, I would suggest, stage two in Guinness’ stairway to beer, following Hop House 13.
With Guinness Golden Ale also available, there are some real alternatives to the black stuff.
And it was while looking to re-stock on the Rye Pale today that I found the second of my new Guinness discoveries, the “Foreign Extra” stout.
I’m favouring dark beers at the moment, when given the choice, but I’ve also long held a love of hoppy beers, so the additional hops in Foreign Extra is very enjoyable.
There’s still something very “Guinnessy”, but this is certainly something a little different in the offering from St James’ Gate and, at 99p for a 330ml a bottle, with an ABV of 7.5%, it offers a lot for little outlay if you fancy giving it a try.
From a very black and white view of Guinness, I’m now a very firm believer in 50 Shades Of Dray.
Name of beer
Foreign Extra Stout
What the brewer says
“Brewed to travel the world, with more hops for a bold intense, flavour. This is Guinness with adventure in its soul.”
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more