“Some things are simply meant to go together; peanut butter and jelly, fireworks on the 4th of July, and Irish Stout on St. Patrick’s Day.
Sandi brewed the Blarney Irish Stout true to style; it embraces tradition with a flavor and aroma that highlights notes of cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt, all while being extremely smooth with a mildly dry finish.
The Irish Dry Stout beer style did not just suddenly appear overnight. There was a gradual emergence of a new style, born from established styles of the day. The word “stout” first came to be in the latter half of the 17th century, and was originally used to refer to a stronger version of the Porter style. “Stout” continued for almost another couple of centuries in this context, before gradually becoming a sub-style of the porter, and eventually morphing into its own style, due in part to newer brewing technologies for roasting malts. The Irish Dry Stout beer style that we all know today, thanks to a somewhat well-known Irish brewery that almost no one ever uses to compare this style to, emerged after only a few decades of attempts to differentiate the style from the Porters of old.
Perhaps the word “Blarney” has also caught your attention? Isn’t that a stone in Ireland that people from all over the world travel to see, and… kiss? Yes, Blarney is the name of a castle in Ireland, where there is a stone built into said castle. This is called the Blarney Stone. According to legend, kissing the stone grants the kisser the gift of the gab. The word “blarney” has come to mean, “clever, flattering, or coaxing talk.
The idea behind the naming of this beer then, is that after drinking a pint of two of the Blarney Irish Stout, it may help to grant the drinker with the gift of the gab!
So stop in to the brewery sometime and give the Blarney Irish Stout a try. No need to kiss the beer, just take some swigs and let’s gab!” – Charlie Poehls, Senior Brewery Lead