Endless expanses, green meadows peppered with grazing sheep, here and there a goblin or a fairy - this is the Ireland that the media industry propagates. But the island to the right of England has so much more to offer than that: Countless castles, lively cities, a wild landscape shaped by the harsh climate, hearty cuisine and a beer that goes wonderfully with the local specialties. Since the hops do not occur naturally in Ireland, they have not been brewed there for that long. But the Irish quickly made up for this lost time and have become an indispensable part of today's beer market. Beer styles such as stout, red ale or classic lager are typically Irish. Irish beer doesn't just taste good on St. Patrick's Day!