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With interesting new breweries opening and customers looking for more choice, an increased number of Irish pubs are focusing on craft beer and turning their backs on mainstream brands like Guinness. The craft-beer sector has tripled in size in three years, and sales were up 50 percent in 2014 alone. According to Beoir, an organization that promotes craft beer, there are 62 microbreweries in Ireland and around 20 more in the pipeline — in 2014 there were only 33. Popular newcomers in the last few years include the award-winning Eight Degrees Brewing, Trouble Brewing, Carlow Brewing and Galway Bay Brewery, which just opened its tenth pub. With this increased production, a large number of craft-centric pubs have sprouted up in Dublin over the past couple years. Here are seven to visit.

Dublin’s the Beer Market — which opened yesterday — serves only craft beer.

1. The Beer Market
Dublin’s newest pub (it opened yesterday) serves only craft beer — no wine or spirits. There are 20 taps, and you choose from a board above the bar. All taps are rotated, and the focus is on the world’s best craft beers, with limited releases from breweries like Edge (Barcelona), Naparbier (Spain) and Brew Dog (Scotland). Try the limited-edition stout 200 Fathoms (10 percent ABV), which was brewed in whiskey casks and has a spirited flavor. Nice touches in the pub include pies from the Pieman, free mineral water and cooling ice boxes in the beer table. 13 High St., Christchurch, Dublin 8; galwaybaybrewery.com

2. P. Mac’s
If you’re feeling like a Raging Bitch or a Punk, this is where to calm down. Not only is P. Mac’s a beautiful bar space with dark wood, cozy chairs and tall candles, but these are both names of international brews on the extensive list (120 beers), with around 70 percent being craft beers and another 28 craft beers on tap. Try the limited-edition White Sow Oatmeal Chocolate Milk Stout (5.2 percent ABV) from the White Hag brewery in Co Sligo, which brings a big coffee smell, a lactose sweetness and an oatmeal smoothness all into one glass. 30 Stephen St. Lower, Dublin 2

3. L. Mulligan Grocer
You can’t get Guinness here, but instead try a Deception, a Fuzzy Logic or a Wicklow Wolf. They’re passionate about both Irish and international craft beer in this excellent gastropub. The extensive craft-beer list always includes special editions, such as those from sister company Brown Paper Bag Project, a gypsy brewery that creates recipes and then brews them around Europe. Try its new hopped ale Lupe Garou (6.5 percent ABV), made fresh during the hop harvest in Kent, England, or Black Coffee IPA (6 percent ABV), made in collaboration with Dutch brewery Kompaan and Irish café 3FE. 18, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7; lmulligangrocer.com

Located in the north city center, the Black Sheep rotates a selection of mostly Irish beers on tap.

4. The Black Sheep
A cozy spot in the north city center, the Black Sheep is dedicated to craft beer. Of the 27 beers on tap, 19 are Irish, and there are ten taps that rotate with a new beer every few days. Pale ales like Galway Hooker (4.3 percent ABV), Metalman (4.7 percent ABV) and Rascals (5 percent ABV 5%) — all by Irish breweries — are popular as they are the most sessionable (suitable for long drinking sessions). For something with a little more kick, try Foam and Fury (8.5 percent ABV). Recent additions include an American pale ale from new Irish brewery O Brother Brewing, set up by three brothers in Co Wicklow. 61 Capel Street, Dublin 1; galwaybaybrewery.com

5. The Porterhouse
This Temple Bar favorite started a beer revolution back in 1996 with Ireland’s first brewpub, producing its own stouts, ales and lagers. The Porterhouse has since opened in five more locations and moved the brewery off-site to keep up with demand. Specialties include Plain Porter (4.2 percent ABV); a lighter version of stout, Oyster Stout (4.6 percent ABV, with oysters added to the conditioning tank); and the cleverly named Temple Brau lager (4.2 percent ABV). The limited-edition Chocolate Truffle Stout (5 percent ABV) is like beer and dessert in one. If you can’t make it to the original in Dublin, drop into the Porterhouse Bar at Fraunces Tavern in NYC to sample a selection of the beers. Temple Bar, Dublin; theporterhouse.ie

Against the Grain is one of the ten pubs owned by Dublin’s Galway Bay Brewery.

6. Against the Grain
Owned by Galway Bay Brewery (which also owns the Black Sheep and the Beer Market), Against the Grain has an extensive selection of beers, including the brewery’s own IPAs (Full Sail, Good By Blue Monday), double IPA (Of Foam And Fury), red ale (Bay Ale), porter (Stormy Port) and stout (Buried At Sea), as well as table beer Via Maris and saison Marie Incognita. There are 30 beers on tap and two traditional old cask engines rotated with old-style ale — unfiltered and unpasteurized. This is where to taste pilot beers from Galway Bay Brewery — at the moment a German-style lager Dortmunder (6 percent ABV) and the 80-shilling Scotch ale, Respect Your Elders (4.7 percent ABV). 11 Wexford Street, Dublin 2; galwaybaybrewery.com

7. 57 The Headline
This is an elegant, old-style bar dedicated to craft beers (you won’t find mainstream beers here). It’s not in the city center, but craft-beer aficionados will be in heaven with a choice of 25 taps (tasting trays start from $7 for three tastings). Decor has a relaxed, 1940s vibe — think wooden floors, elegant chairs and stained-glass windows. Try the Liberties Dublin Ale (4.7 percent ABV), brewed by the Five Lamps Brewery just around the corner from the pub, or a Scraggy Bay IPA (5.3 percent ABV), a delicious golden ale from Co Donegal. 57 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8; 57theheadline.ie

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