This rural county on the border with Northern Ireland is dotted with 17th century town squares and Georgian and Victorian country houses. It's also home to Brehon Brewhouse in Carrickmacross. Brehon is helmed by brewer Phil Bizzel, who has a taste for stronger ales. In addition to the usual blonde, red, and stout, Bizzel makes a 7.7-percent porter you need to try.
Beer to Try: Shanco Dubh Porter, Brehon Brewhouse