Top 10 Irish Beers
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Ireland might be a small island off the coast of a somewhat larger island, but its breweries are big business. Guinness, which dominates the Irish beer market at home and abroad, is brewed in nearly 60 countries and sold in more than 100. Its parent company Diageo also owns Smithwick's, Harp and Kilkenny. Then there is Heineken International, which owns Beamish and Murphy's. Those who find the dominance of multinational conglomerates disconcerting can take comfort in the expanding craft beer segment, including brands such as O'Hara's and Porterhouse. GAYOT's Top 10 Irish beers run the range from strong, rich and full-bodied for sipping to light and crisp perfect for thirst-quenching and as a companion for spicy foods. To get a full taste of what the Emerald Isle has to offer, line up the following selections and have a tasting.