Named after the monk Mescan who was St. Patrick’s friend and personal brewer, Mescan Brewery produces Belgian-style beers on the slopes of the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, near Westport in Co. Mayo. Founders, owners and brewers are ex-veterinary surgeons Bart Adons and Cillian O’Moráin.
Mescan produce artisan Belgian-style beers brewed in small batches with craft, care and attention to detail. They are matured for months before they reach perfection and are released for sale. The water for Mescan beers comes from deep underneath Croagh Patrick via a spring beside the brewery. Malts, hops and yeast for the beer come from Belgium.
The Mescan core stable of eight beers are: Seven Virtues Lager, Mescan Blond, Mescan White, Mescan Red Tripel, Mescan Saison, Mescan Extra, Westporter Stout and Mescan Special Reserve. They also produce a seasonal Christmas Beer ‘Beoir na Nollag’ and Mescan ‘Seven Virtues’ which is a series of one-off brews taking the taster on an eclectic voyage for the palate. Seven Virtues Baltic Porter will be available later in the year.
Mescan Blond beer is the flagship brew. It is a 5.5% golden ale with pear and floral notes and restrained hop bitterness perfectly balancing the malt flavours. Crisp, clean on the palate and flavoursome it is an excellent match for most foods making it the perfect beer to have on hand.