The Harp is an Irish beer produced by the brewer “Guinness Ireland Group Ltd”, to whom we owe the famous Guinness stout. Unlike most Irish beers, Harp is a bottom-fermented lager. Very popular with lovers of thirst-quenching and light beer, the Harp is an excellent alternative if you are not a lover of dark or red beer.
The Harp is a beer that began to be brewed around the middle of the 20th century. It was quickly bought by the Guinness group, which saw fit to expand its range of beers, and thus target both stout lovers and lager lovers. It should also be noted that the Harp is one of the only lager beers produced by an Irish brewery.
As far as design is concerned, the Harp traditionally sports a harp with some similarities with those of Guinness. This symbol alone represents the national identity of Ireland, and therefore presents the Harp as one of the jewels of Irish spirits.
The Harp is produced by a very specific fermentation process called ‘Pils’. This method, borrowed from the Czech Republic since the 1850s, consists of using fermentation yeast in the lower part of the vat only. Fermentation then lasts between 7 and 10 days at a temperature of 5°C to 10°C and requires the addition of bottom yeast must, which will give it its blond colour.
In terms of taste, the Harp is a light beer in alcohol (6.2°). Very fruity, its bitterness is not very pronounced, although barley notes are very present in the mouth. Generally speaking, Harp is often very rich in carbon dioxide due to its low fermentation, so it is better to serve it draught than bottled: the consistency of your beer will have nothing to do with it.
In Ireland, Harp is a very common beer, served in most good Irish Pubs. It is usually served on draught, although it is also available in bottles and cans. You can expect to pay about 2/3 € per pint in a pub.
If you ever want to discover this beer in France, be aware that some supermarkets sell it from time to time. Also, if you are close to an Irish counter, don’t hesitate to drop by: they generally offer Irish beers, including the Harp.Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health. Consume in moderation.