According to ancient Irish mythology, the all-seeing Mother Nature was known as The White Hag, and it's this mythical character from which the brewery takes inspiration, shaping a series of beers that pay homage to the stunning landscape around the brewery in Sligo, a coastal town in north west Ireland. This is most apparent in beers like Meabh Rua Irish Bog Ale, a strong Irish Red Ale with hints of peat smoke, and Beann Gulban Irish Heather Sour Ale, a gruit that uses heather tops instead of hops and is aged in red wine barrels with wild yeast from heather flowers. Their core range has a classic, elegant feel, with Brewmaster Joe Kearns crafting balanced IPAs, a crisp, modern pilsner and a mixed fermentation sour among others.
But Irish spirit is apparent in more than The White Hag's beers. You always know when these folks are in town as the party is taken up several notches. Their own festival, Hagstravaganza, which we poured at earlier this year, is known for its unrivalled atmosphere, so we're delighted to return the gesture and get them over here to help you all get in full party mood.
FESTIVAL BEER LIST
Silver Branch, 5% Golden Blonde blended with wild fermented Irish cider (vg)
Olcan, 6% Farmhouse IPA fermented in French wine barrels with Brettanomyces (vg)
Beann Gulban, 6.9% Heather Sour Ale (vg)
Black Boar (barrel-aged), 10.2% Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels (vg)
* (vg) = vegan