BEERISTA SOR­CHA HAMIL­TON

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If you’ve been lured back to the in­trigu­ing “up­side down” world of Stranger Things 2, you’ll know that Sher­iff Jim Hop­per is the cranky but lov­able cop do­ing his best to set things to right. In the Net­flix se­ries he’s a kind of home­spun Amer­i­can hero tak­ing on the man in his own way – and in­spir­ing the name of a new beer while he’s at it.

Chief Hop­per by Michi­gan’s Short’s Brew­ing Com­pany is a big and bit­ter 9.1 per cent dou­ble IPA – the kind of beer you’d want in your fridge af­ter a day fac­ing down evil in an al­ter­nate di­men­sion.

He’s not the first TV char­ac­ter to show up in the craft beer world – a few years back the se­ries Break­ing Bad in­spired Mar­ble brew­ery in Al­bu­querque to cre­ate two beers to rep­re­sent the two sides of Wal­ter White’s char­ac­ter: Heisen­berg’s Dark In­dia black ale, and an In­dia white ale called Walt’s White Lie.

You won’t find Chief Hop­per on the shelves here, un­for­tu­nately, but if you’re look­ing for some­thing sim­i­lar to en­joy over a chilly evening there are plenty of qual­ity dou­ble IPAs on of­fer from Ir­ish mi­cro­brew­eries.

Dou­ble Ir­ish DIPA ( above) comes from Cork brew­ers 8 De­grees. This is the “big­ger, bolder” ver­sion of their award- win­ning Full Ir­ish IPA and it’s got a bright, am­ber clar­ity with a sweet, trop­i­cal fruit aroma. Made with New World hops, you’ll get a big, as­sertive bit­ter­ness with a hint of pine and or­ange and it comes in at 8.8 per cent.

Are You Not En­ter­tained ( left) is a New Eng­land DIPA made by Wex­ford’s Yel­lowBelly and has a dank, resiny aroma and pours with dark, am­ber colour and a slight haze. Its flavour pro­file is juicy and slightly sweet which bal­ances well with a solid fin­ish­ing bit­ter­ness – it tastes less than its 9.5 per cent but it’s def­i­nitely a sip­per.

Both of these Ir­ish beers are worth a try – in this di­men­sion.

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