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Dungarvan Comeragh Challenger Bitter

Brewer: Dungarvan Brewing Company Ltd.
Style: Bitter
Alcohol Content: 3.8%
Seasonal: Special

The second in our range of ’Brewer’s Series’ bottled seasonal beers, Comeragh Challenger is a limited edition beer for summer 2012 which will be distributed throughout Ireland from the end of May. A traditional, English-style bitter hopped solely with Challenger hops. The malty profile and floral hops make for an elegant and understated ale. Comeragh Challenger was first brewed for the Irish Craft Beer Festival which was held at the RDS in Dublin, and after positive feedback was on tap again at festivals in Cork and Galway this year. Due to the positive reaction it received, and thinking how ideal it would be as a summer tipple, head brewer Cormac O’Dwyer decided to release a bottled version as the ‘Brewer’s Select’ summer beer for 2012. Traditionally, English bitters are made with the very hard water profile which occurs at Burton-on-Trent, the home of brewing in England. In West Waterford, the hard water profile means flavours of the English bitter style can be replicated. Coupled with this, the beer is hopped solely with Challenger hops, an English hop used in many traditional bitters. At 3.8%, this is an easy-drinking beer that will be perfect for summer barbeque days! What’s in a name? The name Comeragh Challenger was chosen after a discussion on Twitter with some beer enthusiasts – wanting to include Challenger in the name but not coming to any conclusions himself Cormac decided to ask his twitter followers to help out and the name was suggested by one – it refers to the 160km route of the Sean Kelly Tour which takes place in the Comeragh mountain range each August, called the Comeragh Challenge. Having ’borrowed’ the name, surely 2012 is the year for our brewer to complete the course... Tasting notes: An English-style pale ale which is brewed using the naturally ocurring hard water of West Waterford and hopped solely with Challenger hops to produce a traditional bitter. The malty profile and floral hops make for an elegant and understated ale. Bottle conditioned beer. Best served at 10-12°C, or chilled if preferred. Suitable for Vegans.

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