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10 12, 2018

Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair returns to Dublin in March

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair will return to the Convention Centre Dublin from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th of March 2019 and tickets are on sale now. Showcasing the finest purveyors of craft beers, ciders, whiskeys and gins, there will be tipples to suit all palates. This year, the fair coincides with St. Patrick’s weekend, with live music and entertainment, delicious food offerings, and the Six Nations Rugby, which will be shown live on three of the largest screens in Dublin. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample over 300 craft brews during the three day event. Opening hours: Thursday, 14th March: 5pm – 11pm Friday, 15th March: 5pm – 11pm Saturday, 16th March: 12.30pm – 11pm The complete line-up of music and exhibitors at the fair will be announced in the New Year. For more information, see

29 03, 2018

O’Hara’s launches ‘Eureka’ single hop IPA

O’Hara’s Brewery has launched ‘Eureka’, a new single hop IPA, the fifth beer in their ‘Hop Adventure Series’. The ‘Hop Adventure Series’ was developed to showcase the most interesting hops from around the world, featuring the Yakima Valley, USA as the most recent stop. The O’Hara’s brewers have taken advantage of Urban Brewing, the new microbrewery, bar and restaurant located in The CHQ Building, Dublin 1, to experiment with a dry hopped IPA using Eureka. Following a great initial reception it has been refined and now graduates to the O’Hara’s Hop Adventure Series. The Eureka hop was chosen for its strong bittering qualities, combined with a complex full-bodied flavour and aroma profile. It is a resinous hop, with tropical and citrus fruit notes, and rounded off nicely with sweet pineapple and juicy bitter grapefruit. The new beer is light golden in colour, with a [...]

15 03, 2018

9 White Deer launches beer to celebrate Irish language

9 White Deer Brewery in the Múscraí Gaeltacht village of Baile Bhuirne has launched a beer to celebrate the Irish language. The new beer will officially launch on Saturday March 17th at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, Co Cork. The bottle label and branding is all in Irish except the ingredients where both Irish and English are used. Named “ól-é” meaning “drink it”, the beer is a creation to get people to think a bit more about the Irish language. Now in its fourth year, 9 White Deer Brewery has an existing range of 9 beers with ól-é making it 10. Ól-é is a pilsner, a type of lager developed in Germany around the 1840’s, that has since become one of the most popular styles of beer worldwide. Craft breweries do not usually dedicate much valuable tank space to lagers as [...]

9 03, 2018

Dublin Craft Beer & Cider Cup competition winners announced

On the opening night of the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair yesterday, the 2018 winners of the Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cups were announced by Head Judge, Gearoid Cahill. The overall beer winner was M63 Bulldog from the Fűtőház Sörfőzde brewery in Hungary and the overall Cider Winner was Longueville Mór Cider from Longueville House in Cork. The Best in Ireland winner was awarded to the Boyne Brewhouse, Drogheda, for their Imperial Stout. Craft breweries and cideries from Ireland and overseas were invited to enter their brews into the Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competitions earlier this year. This is the sixth year of the contest, which allows craft brewers and cider makers to showcase their brews and have them rated, tasted and analysed by an expert, international panel of judges. Speaking about this year’s competition, Gearoid Cahill, Head [...]

8 03, 2018

Craft beer future looks bright

The craft beer scene has in many ways been a lifesaver for the Irish pubs sector. 5 or 6 years ago, the global recession was biting the hospitality industry hard and many Irish pubs were on their knees. Footfall and customer-spend was falling and the craft beer sector was in its infancy. Craft beer was seen by many as just a quirky idea. It was viewed pessimistically by many. "How could a few small quirky beers succeed in a market dominated by huge scale brands with trusted reputations?" It couldn't, right? Those early-adopter pubs and restaurants found a new selling point and a new conversation that lended itself perfectly to social media and attracted new customers to them. A cultural movement was beginning and the pubs who embraced craft beer, benefitted hugely from this change. Many of those pubs invested more in their food offering to complement the flavoursome beers they were [...]

21 11, 2017

Number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown more than 500% in 5 years

A new report from Bord Bia has revealed that Irish Craft Beer is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports. According to the report, both consumption market share, and production market share have each increased by more than 500%. In 2012, the craft beer category recorded consumption market share of just 0.6%, in 2017 that figure reached 3.0% while in terms of production, craft beer rose from 0.4% in 2012 to 2.3% in 2016. The number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown by more than 500% in the last 5 years, with 72 now in operation, up from just 15 in 2012. Employment in these facilities exceeded 500 for the first time ever, increasing employment in local and rural communities. Output from these breweries has grown from 37,000HL [...]

31 08, 2017

Urban Brewing opens at the CHQ Building in Dublin

Urban Brewing, a new venture from Carlow Brewing Company, has officially opened at the CHQ Building in Dublin. Dublin’s newest craft brewery, bar and restaurant has made its home in 1,000 square metres of a restored 19th century bonded warehouse (previously known as Stack A) where precious cargo like wine, tobacco, tea and spirits were once stored in the city’s docklands. Seamus O’Hara, CEO of Carlow Brewing Company, explained why Urban Brewing is a logical next step for the business, “The brewery celebrated a landmark 21st birthday this year, and similar to any young adult making their way in the big city, we are excited, enthusiastic, and admittedly a little nervous about our new home from home in Dublin! Urban Brewing has been a dream of the brewery team for a long time, but we needed to wait for the [...]

8 03, 2017

NEW – The Open Gate Brewery – Two free Exclusive Beer Innovation portfolio experiences.

The Open Gate Brewery is the home of brewing experimentation and innovation at St. James’s Gate where Guinness brewers are given license to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and experiment freely to bring exciting new beers to life. Guests arrive to enjoy their experimental brews, from their 1516 anniversary pilsner to their chocolate and vanilla stout, antwerpen export and their strawberry porter. IPG members will get much more than the usual great experience. You and a guest can experience true brewing innovation. Give your feedback after two personal, fully-tutored complete portfolio-tasting sessions with a Guinness Beer Specialist as an exclusive part of your IPG Premium Membership. Details in your member’s pack.

9 01, 2017

The Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup Competition Is Now Open For Entries

Craft breweries from all over the world are being encouraged to enter their brews into the 5th annual Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competition. The contest allows craft brewers to showcase their brews and have them rated, tasted and analysed by an expert, international panel of judges. The winners will be announced on the first day of the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair on Thursday 23rd February 2017. The competition is overseen by Head Judge, Dr. Gearóid Cahill, a Brewmaster with more than 20 years’ experience and a panel of 28 judges including Joan Dineen, former production manager for Heineken Ireland and Gerry McGovern, Irish correspondent for the IBD’s Brewer & Distiller magazine and former brewer at Guinness. Entrants to the Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competitions are critiqued based on appearance, aroma, flavour, body, style and quality. The judges [...]

11 11, 2016

Rascals Brewing Company Building a brighter craft beer future

rascal /'ra:sk(ə)l/ noun: rascal; plural noun :rascals      a mischievous or cheeky person, especially a child or man (typically used in an                        affectionate way).      "a lovable rascal"       synonyms: scallywag, scamp, devil, imp, monkey, mischievous person, mischief-maker Gone are the days of the only beer choice being dull, mass-market lagers in Ireland, but one thing is for sure - we are all still drinking beer, and beer with flavour! It is the second wave of the craft beer revolution, where eagerness is just not enough and Ireland is only the tip of the market with our reputation for producing high quality craft beers growing globally. Take Rascals Brewing Company in Dublin, Ireland. They have a topnotch brewery, creative and experienced brewers, an intimidatingly good reputation (built [...]