Craft Beers

At Castleknock Hotel & Country Club Dublin, we've been listening to our guests request for a craft beer menu. If you're new to the idea of craft beers and ciders and would like to learn more, we have put together a page outlining some interesting details all about the types of beer, the brewing process and various different tastes, colours and smells. You can also view our Craft Beer Menu which includes some information about the beers and breweries on our current menu.
Recently launched, our new menu includes a range of great craft beers including a gluten free option. There are 7 bottled beers and 2 draught beers which will be alternated seasonally or based on demand. Aside from our Irish craft beers, we have Smithwicks Blond Ale and Paulaner available on draught as alternatives to the traditional favourites such as Guinness, Carlsberg and Heineken. 
Metalman Pale Ale Draught €6.20
8 Degrees Howling Gale Pale Ale Draught €6.20
BrewDog Punk IPA 330ml Bottle €6.20
BrewDog 5AM Red Ale 330 ml Bottle €6.20
Brewdog Vagabond 330 ml Bottle €6.45
Brooklyn Brewery Lager 330 ml Bottle €6.20
Mikkeller I Wish Gluten Free Beer 330 ml Bottle €7.45
Wicklow Wolf IPA 500 ml Bottle €6.50
Wixklow Wolf American Amber Ale 500 ml Bottle €6.50
A Guide to the Main Beer Styles


Ale is brewed from malted barley using a warm-fermentation with a strain of brewers’ yeast. The yeast will ferment the beer quickly, giving it a sweet, full bodied and fruity taste. Most ales contain hops, which help preserve the beer and impart a bitter herbal flavour that balances the sweetness of the malt. 

Pale Ale is a beer by warm fermentation using har malt. It is one of the world’s major beer styles. The higher the proportion of the pale malts results in a lighter colour.

IPA India Pale Ale is a style of pale ale originally developed for export to India. India pale ales are known for having a bitter taste because of the hops used to brew the ale. There is a citric taste to the IPA usually with notes of grapefruit.

Amber Ale is a term used in Australia, France and North America for pale ales brewed with a proportion of crystal malt to produce an amber colour generally ranging from light copper to light brown.   

American Amber Ales are generally around 5% ABV with significant quantities of American hops, typically Cascade. Although American brewed beers tend to use a cleaner yeast and American two row malt, it is the American hops that distinguish an APA from Britain or European pale ales.

Bitter belongs to the pale ale style and can have a great variety of strength, flavour and appearance from dark amber to a golden summer ale. It can go under 3% ABV and as high as 7% ABV with premium or strong bitters. Premium Bitter or ESB is Bitter with a strength of 4.8% ABV and over.

Blonde Ale blondes tend to be clear, crisp and dry, with low-to-medium bitterness and aroma from hops, and some sweetness from malts. A lighter body from higher carbonation may be noticed.

Golden Ale Typical golden ale has an appearance and profile similar to that of a pale ale larger. Malt character is a subdued and the hop profile ranges from spicy to citrus.

Brown Ales from north-eastern England tend to be strong and malty, often nutty, while those from southern England are usually darker, sweeter and lower in alcohol. North American brown ales are usually drier than their English counterparts, with a slight citrus accent and an aroma, bitterness, and medium body.

Dark Ale Old ale is a term commonly applied to dark, malty beers in England, generally above 5% ABV, also to dark ales of any strength in Australia.




Trappist beer is brewed by Trappist breweries. Six monasteries in Belgium, one in the Netherlands and one in Austria brew beer and sell it as Authentic Trappist product.

Lager is a type of beer that is fermented and conditioned at low temperatures. Pale lager is the most widely-consumed style of beer in the world. 

Amber Lager Vienna or amber lager was developed in Vienna in 1841. Austrian brewers who emigrated to Mexico in the late 19th century took the style with them. Vienna lager is a reddish- brown or copper – coloured beer with medium body and slight malt sweetness.

Doppelbock Historically, doppelbock was high in alcohol and sweet, thus serving as “liquid bread” for the Friars during times of fasting, when solid food was not permitted. Today, doppelbock is still strong – ranging from 7% - 12% by volume. It is clear, with colour ranging from dark gold, for the paler version, to dark brown with ruby highlights for darker version.

Pilsener (or simply pils) is a type of pale lager. It took its name from the city of Pilsen where it was first produced in 1842. The original Pilsner Urquell beer is still produced there.

Helles lagers are distinctive from Pilseners in that they have noticeable malt sweetness, with a delicate balance of spicy hops, but much less bitter than a Pilsner.

Pale Lagers tend to be dry, lean, clean-tasting and crisp. Flavours may be subtle, with no traditional beer ingredients dominating the other. Hop character (bitterness, flavour, and aroma) ranges from negligible to a dry bitterness from notable hops.

Porter English porter is a dark style of beer originated in London in the 18th century, descended from brown malt.

Stout is a dark beer made using roasted malt or roasted barley, hops, water and yeast. Stouts were traditionally the generic term for the strongest or stoutest porters, typically 7%or 8%, produced by a brewery.

Weissbier Weiß Bier, sometimes Weissbier (“white beer “), also known as Weizen(bier) (“wheat beer”), is  a Bavarian beer in which a significant proportion of malted barley is replaced with malted wheat.

Witbier, white beer or biere blanche is a barley/wheat, top- fermented beer. It gets its name due to suspended yeast and wheat proteins which cause the beer to look hazy, or white, when cold.

Cider is made from fruit juice, most commonly and traditionally apple juice, but also the juice of peaches or fruit. Cider varies in alcohol content from 2% ABV to 8.5% or more in traditional English cider.





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