For many in these parts, a pint of stout can mean only one thing – Guinness. But think again, because Belfast’s first craft brewery have created a new craft stout to rival the famous Black Stuff from Dublin.
Hercules Brewing Company has added to its award-winning range, with the launch of a new craft Irish stout – Yardsman Original Double Stout.
Here are 7 reasons to check it out…
1. You may know some of its brothers
Growing consumer demand for craft beers has seen Hercules Brewing Company steadily increase its range since its launch in February 2014. The Yardsman range now includes Yardsman Lager, Yardsman IPA, Yardsman Belfast Pale Ale, alongside the new Yardsman Original Double Stout.
2. Crafted to perfection
It takes Yardsman master brewers almost four weeks to craft the perfect pint. The stout is brewed with freshly roasted barley and a range of high quality coloured malts, as well as Irish hops and water and is filtered through Irish linen. The stout is nitrogenated, which creates the creamy white head and a settled, clear but dark ruby/black body. It weighs in at 4.3% ABV.
3. The taste
The full bodied, colourful Yardsman Original Double Stout has a velvety smooth finish with a full mouth feel of delicate chocolate and coffee flavours. Its rich colour and clarity comes from doubling the amount of coloured malts used in the brew. The stout is exceptionally well balanced, exceptionally smooth and has a lingering delicate sweetness on the palate. Although it has the look of a heavy stout it’s deceptively light and refreshing making it a great session beer.
4. Alternative to Guinness
It may look ostensibly like a pint of Guinness with its creamy head and dark body, but as already mentioned this isn’t the black stuff – it’s got more of a deep purple colour to it… cue the opening bars of Smoke On The Water. Tastewise it’s as smooth as Guinness without being so creamy and has a flavour that is much more distinctive due to it being crafted in small batches and not mass-produced.
5. Free from chemicals
As with all products in the Yardsman range, Yardsman Original Double Stout is completely free from all chemicals, preservatives, stabalisers and animal bi-products and only are brewed using the four natural ingredients of hops, barley, water and yeast, making it completely vegan friendly.
6. Drawing on rich heritage
Hercules Brewing Company was the first craft brewery to open in Belfast in over 100 years and builds on a tradition of brewing in Belfast, which dates back to 1855. Situated at the heart of Belfast’s Harbour, the brewery employs seven full time staff and can produce up to one million bottles of craft beer per year. Capacity of the brewery has now increased to three times its original size.
For now, Yardsman Original Double Stout is pouring at select bars and restaurants across Northern Ireland including The Hudson Bar, Oh Yeah Centre, The Black Box and Bittles Bar in Belfast, as well as The Millennium Forum in Derry-Londonderry. We don’t expect it to be too long before its availability becomes more widespread.