Irish stout accounts for 63% of all beer produced here in 2018, research shows.
Today (Thursday, 7th November 2019) is International Stout Day and Drinks Ireland|Beer, has marked it by highlighting the global reach and world-renowned reputation of Irish stout.
According to the the voice of the beer industry in Ireland, Stout is Ireland’s second favourite beer variant after lager, accounting for 29.3% of all beer consumed in 2018.
Ireland was the seventh biggest exporter of beer in Europe in 2017, of which stout is a major contributor. Ireland exports beer to over 60 countries, according to the Brussels-based Brewers of Europe.
"A whopping 500 million litres of stout was produced in Ireland in 2018, to be enjoyed by consumers at home and abroad, demonstrating the sheer size of this exciting and dynamic homegrown sector," said Jonathan McDade, Head of Drinks Ireland|Beer said.
While stout’s share of the beer market has declined from 35.5% in 2009, it is still a high percentage share compared to other beer markets, the group added.
Like ale, around 80% of stout consumed in Ireland is in the on-trade, compared to 55% of lagers.
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