The Irish have a long and strong brewing tradition which has gone unbroken for centuries. Traditionally, the Irish didn’t brew with hops due to the plant not being native to the Emerald Isle, however, by the turn of the 19th Century hops were being imported by the boatload. Ireland’s two most famous styles are, of course, Stout and Red Ale, Guinness and Smithwick’s being the most popular iterations respectively. Nowadays, the craft scene is booming in Ireland, and, if craft is your thing, there’s plenty of choice coming out of Ireland. For really cutting edge, crafty, envelope-pushing brews check out Whiplash and for more Irish centric craft brews check out The White Hag.