Craft beers aren’t a thing in Dublin. At the most popular pubs in the city, it’s all about the classic drinks. When you ask a bartender for a pint of beer, you will surely get a pint of Guinness. Beyond that, there are actually other Irish beers that you should take note of, as well as few hot Irish drinks that are best for the cold, rainy days.
Smithwike’s is an Irish Ale that is older than the Guinness. It dates back to the 14th century and is produced in the oldest brewery in Ireland — the biggest ale producer in the country. If you find Guiness as a little heavy, switch to Smithwick’s for something light but still tasty.
Harp Lager is crisp beer that is a lighter alternative to Irish stouts. It is smooth and light and has only been established since 1960.
If you visit Dublin during the rainy season, then there is nothing better than enjoying an Irish coffee. The Irish coffee is a mixture of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and brown sugar that is topped by a thick layer of cream which will definitely warm your body up. Note that you shouldn’t overly stir the concoction, just sip your coffee through the layer of cream.
Irish Whiskey Punch or Hot Toddy
Another traditional Irish drink, which is usually enjoyed when one has sniffles, is the Irish Whiskey Punch or the Hot Toddy. The Irish Whiskey is combined with hot water, cloves, brown sugar, and lemon; which results to a one soothing, steaming drink.
It is very important to note that when you are in Dublin, you should go local; not only will you get the cheapest prices but you will also have the chance to get to know locals and the Irish culture.