Beoir, Ireland’s independent consumer group for craft beer, have named their ‘Beer of the Year’ for 2019, YellowBelly Beer’s ‘Citra Pale Ale’.
The announcement was made on their official social media channels and fans of the brew have been quick to join in the celebrations by raising a pint to the Wexford based brewery.
Beoir’s primary goal is supporting and raising awareness of Ireland’s native independent microbreweries and this is the competition’s eight consecutive year, with the best beers being voted on by members from Ireland and abroad.
Speaking about the award win, Nicky Lambert, Managing Director of YellowBelly Beer, said: “I am delighted and proud. This is a testament to the hard work of the entire YellowBelly family. In just three and a half years, we have evolved from a tiny brewery in the basement of a pub, to an award-winning brewery with national distribution in Ireland and also distribution across eight export markets in Europe. Beoir, and its members, have supported us from the very beginning and we can’t thank them enough”.
The beer itself is YellowBelly Beer’s number one selling beverages across Ireland and Europe and has proven popular amongst beer drinkers, with it citrusy hop forward flavours and easy-drinking nature making it a much sought after drop. Despite the name, there are no citrus additions to the beer and all the orange and grapefruit flavour is derived from the use of the ‘Citra’ hop. The malt bill is simple and uncomplicated to allow the characteristics of the hop to shine through. Most of the hops in this beer are added during post fermentation in a process known as ‘dry hopping.’ This highlights the fruity properties of the hops whilst also extracting minimal bitterness.
YellowBelly Beer’s Citra Pale Ale can be found in all good off-licences and bars. Find your nearest stockist by visiting www.yellowbellybeer.ie.