Lacada is a community owned Co-Operative brewery based on the world famous North Coast of Ireland.
Lacada Brewery has its origins in a love of beer and brewing, a love of place, and a love of people.
It began with a father and son brewing together and grew to become a group of co-operative minded, good beer loving aficionados.
You know how we love a story about our locale here at Lacada, and the tales of Magnús Óláfsson, better known as Magnus Barefoot, are epic. The last King of Norway to die in battle abroad, landed on the silky sands of Portrush’s East Strand on a warm August day seeking provisions before returning home.
It was our fastest selling beer at the Portrush Beer and Food Festival. Then it became our first beer to sell 2 kegs at a single tap room. Then its first run in bottles sold out in 4 days. And we've had twice as many messages asking us where to get some as any of our other releases.
It's back! And the van is on the road as I type.
It's been 3 years since we received the keys to our premises, and got to work preparing our first three beers. Oh how we've grown, and we're so proud to be where we are now, with thanks to all of you co-owners, co-tipplers, co-volunteers, co-idea bringers.
To celebrate our 3rd Birthday we have 3 things to tell you… we're pretty excited.
With Escudos we wanted to pursue that 'holy grail' of brewers — a really hoppy, sessionable beer. We have done quite a few higher abv's beers over autumn and winter so we wanted to step that back a bit. We didn't go too low - it's 4.5% - and that enabled us to double dry hop it with Simcoe, Amarillo and Mosaic. Crucially, these are the new harvest (2017) hops so they're really fresh and punchy. There is a considerable grapefruit aroma and taste, amongst other tropical flavours.
Laurie says that for this, "we went the kettle sour route, using a new sour pitch yeast that's just arrived. It's produced a very clean, smooth sourness that is at the lighter end of the spectrum of sour. So it's a good introduction to sour beers for those who haven't been there before. We dry hopped it judiciously so that the hops don't take over. All in all a nicely balanced crystal clear sour if you remember to pour steadily in wan go , hai!"
We can't wait until tomorrow. The patrons of Bittles Bar in Belfast have been working their way through kegs of our beer and couldn't agree on their favourite. Clearly, the only way to decide was to have more than one on at a time so they could be compared. And so, on Thursday 22nd March, from mid-day, five taps will be dedicated to our beers.