Craft Beer: Mourne Mountains' Krammed full of award-winning beery goodness

Krammed was awarded a Gold at the regional SIBA Digital Beer Awards 2020
Paul McConville

THE way they screen awards shows on TV has always been something which lends itself well to the current split screen, Zoom-style interface we have all quickly gotten used to.

Seeing four or five hopeful headshots bobbing about in their little boxes waiting for the envelope to open, you could be forgiven for thinking they are all in separate locations instead of the same theatre.

This week has seen nominations doled out for, among others, the Emmys, prompting the now regular righteous indignation over Irish actors being recolonised. Anyway, awards are still being dished out to breweries as well and one local success worthy of highlighting is that of Mourne Mountains Brewery, whose New England pale ale Krammed was awarded a Gold at the regional SIBA Digital Beer Awards 2020.

This 4.5 per cent pale is a refreshing drop with a hazy look in the glass. It has an understated dankness to it, a nod to it NE style, but there a fair few juicy flavours packed into it. It has a smooth, lush mouthfeel and the one word which kept roll over in my head as I sipped away at it was crushable. Or should that be ‘Krushable'.

EVEN if you were one of those people who was still holding out hope if a holiday abroad this year, the past week or so may have made you think twice about masking up and hopping on a plane, so you find yourself stuck staycationing with the rest of us.

Luckily, we have some great top class sights on our doorsteps, not least the lovely Mourne Coastal Drive – our very own Ring of Kerry, if you will, without the heart-pounding creeps around the cliffside roads as the sheep look on nonchalantly.

If you do find yourself skirting Carlingford Lough and further afield this weekend, you may be interested to know that Beerhut are staging a socially distanced taproom at their Kilkeel headquarters today.

This may be well worth a visit, especially if you find your reluctance to rush back to the pub is more born out of a lack of good beer than the fear of the virus.

One of my recent favs from the lads has been Insert Hops To Continue, a juicy and tropical DIPA with a sharp piney finish and even a little hint of white wine-style tang.

All the necessary measures will be in place, so check out the Beerhut social channels for more details.

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