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Irish Craft Beer Festival 2015
The Irish Craft Beer Festival 2015 is almost here. For three days, dozens of breweries and hundreds of beers will be taking over the RDS in Dublin, alongside whiskey, cider, food, music and debate. It's the perfect opportunity to explore Irish craft beer under one roof, and try beers from breweries you've never met before.

But there's also the chance to taste one-off and rare beers not usually available at all. We've decided to compile this list of the specials we know about to whet your appetite ahead of the festival. It's not complete, it may not even be accurate, but it should get your mouth watering.

Don't forget to bring your Beoir membership card for half price admission at the door!

Blacks of Kinsale
Sour Brown Ale
Jester Brown

Dungarvan

Imperial Red Ale: 7.3%
Porter: 5.1%
Strong Ale: 10.4%
October Ale: 7%
Copper Coast aged in Sherry barrels: 4.3%
Raspberry Black Rock: 4.3%
IPA: 7.2%

Eight Degrees
Ochtoberfest Boch: 6.4%
Millennium Imperial IPA: 10%

Kinnegar

Hilly Head Farmhouse Red Ale
Crossroads: American Style IPA, 6.2%
Geuzberry: Gooseberry kettle sour, 5.2%

Mountain Man

Hillbilly Heaven: American bourbon oak aged ale
Hairy Nuts: IPA with pecan nuts
Broken Hipster: Ginger beer
No Country for Owl Men: Irish whiskey oak aged Ale
Beard of Zeus: Raspberry Ale
Bruce's Bluenoser: 4% blueberry ale
Year of the Goat: 4.5% coriander & anise ale
Vincent Van Coff: 4.6% coffee & vanilla ale

Northbound
No-Name IPA
33: Sticke Altbier

O Brother
IPA
Brutus Double IPA

O'Hara's
Rhubarb and Strawberry Wheat Beer
Hop Heavy IPA

Radikale
Curious Brew: Brewed with gin botanicals

Rascal's
Chardonnay Aged Saison
Big Hop Red infused with 250 Square Coffee
Sim Simma: Hemp ale

Rye River
Triple Decoction Doppelbock
Baltic Porter
Rye River Saison
Smoked Belgian Dunkelweizen
Double Decoction Marzen
Vienna Lager
Oak Aged Keeping Red
Hipster Hopped - TNT
Hipster Hopped - Azacca
Hipster Hopped - Experimental Grapefruit
Watermelon Wheat Ale
Sexy Lacto Flanders
Sticker Junkie: IIPA
Belgian Single w/ Nelson Sauvin
Farami: coffee stout
Lemondrop Berliner

Simon Lambert 
Lapsang Souchong Porter 5.4%
Smoked Pale Stout 7.5%
Sweet Stout 4.8%
Lager 4.1%
Pale Ale #1 4.8%
Pale Ale #2 6.1%
Stone Belly IPA 6% (Yellowbelly Stone Barrel Collab)
 
West Kerry
Bitter Sable: Black APA
Blue Rose: Cascade hopped pale ale
Black Elder: Dry hopped black ale

White Gypsy
Cream Ale
Helles

Wicklow Wolf
Simcoe IPA
Elevation Pale Ale
FreeRanger IPA
Belgian Brown

 

Beoir - Champion Beers of Ireland

This weekend saw the first Killarney Beer Festival take place at the magnificent INEC. Beoir was heavily involved in getting it set up and primarily in running the Killarney Beer Awards as well as educational talks and tasting sessions.

For the awards, we invited 6 international judges from around the world to complement our own experienced judges. Five of these judges were EBCU delegates and are official judges in other EBCU endorsed competitions. 

Each category had a senior judge assigned who had the deciding vote where a deadlock occurred.

Those senior judges were:

André Brunnsberg - Finland - EBCU
Theo Flissebaalje - Netherlands - EBCU
Carl Kins - Belgium - EBCU
Jos Brouwer - Netherlands - EBCU
Des De Moor - UK - CAMRA, Beer Writer & Judge
Tom Coughlin - USA - BJCP judge for 10 years
 
Our Beoir judges were: 
 
Andrew Moore
Steve Lamond
Sara Breitenfeldt
Kevin Walsh
Giacomo Rizzo
Reuben Gray
Thomas Carroll
Brendan Murphy
 
The most important people on the day were the stewards of course. Kellie Dawson was the lead steward and ensured the judging went smoothly and that we were unaware of what beer we were judging so we could remain impartial. Stewarding on the day was Meg Coughlin and Hilary Gray as well as a member of the INEC staff to act as a runner for beer coming in pitchers from draught.
 
Each beer that achieved a certain score was awarded a certificate of gold, silver or bronze and that list is being compiled at the moment. Expect more details to follow. For now, here are the best of category winners and the overall best in show.
 
The Beoir: Champion Beer of Ireland went to James Brown Brews for their Chocolate Orange Stout. This was brewed at the Brú Brewery in Trim.
First Runner Up: Kinnegar - Black Bucket
Second Runner Up: O Brother - The Chancer
 
The best in show was made up of the top 3 out of all the 1st places each category. These were decided by our international judges in order to maintain complete impartiality as these judges were tasting the beers for the first time that day and couldn't be influenced in their decision making by any recognition of what they were tasting.
 
Pale Ale - 
1st - O Brother Brewing - The Chancer
2nd - Kinnegar Brewing - Scraggy Bay
3rd - Killarney Brewing - Scarlett Pimpernel IPA
 
Dark Ales - 
1st - Torc Brewing - Torc Amber Ale
2nd - St Mels - Brown Ale
3rd - O Brother Brewing - The Fixer
 
Lager - 
1st - Trouble Brewing - Remix
2nd - Carrig Brewing - Pilsner Lager
3rd - Jack Codys - Puck Pilsner 
 
Stouts and Porters - 
1st - James Brown Brews - Chocolate Orange Stout
2nd - Jack Cody - Hail Glorious St Patrick Stout
3rd - Kinnegar Brewing - YannaRoddy Stout
 
Speciality - 
1st - Kinnegar Brewing - Blackbucket
2nd - 9 White Deer - Black Lightning IPA
3rd - Black Donkey - Buck It
 
Belgian -
1st - Hillstown Brewery - Spitting Llama
2nd - Black Donkey - Sheep Stealer
3rd - Kinnegar Brewing - Swingletree Belgian 
 
Wheat - 
1st - Elbow Lane - Arrow Weisse
2nd - Hillstown Brewery - Goats Butt
3rd - Franciscan Well - Friar Weiss
 
 
Here is the full list of placements. Thanks to all of the breweries that entered beer and congratulations to the winners. I think this represents the most impartial and independently run beer competition in Ireland and I expect there will be even more entries next year.
 

Killarney Beer Awards

Beoir launches a new awards programme at the Killarney Beerfest this June!

 
Are you a commercially viable brewer on the island of Ireland?
Then give your beer the praise it deserves with an award from Beoir.
 
 
The Awards are part of the Killarney Beerfest which take place over three days, June 5th - 7th in Killarney.
There will be also be, beer master-classes, beer tastings, a food village & live music with Picture House, The Swing Cats and Jerry Fish. 
 
 
We are flying in a number of experienced international judges as well as utilising our own experienced judges in Ireland.
 
Competition categories include: 
  • Pale Ale
  • Belgian Style Ale
  • Dark Ale
  • Lagers
  • Porter/Stout
  • Wheat Beer
  • Speciality
  • Sour Beer
 

Dublin Craft Beer & Cider Cup - Over 30 Irish Winners

The 2015 Dublin Craft Beer Cup was awarded to Coisbo Beer of Denmark for the second year in a row, this time for an imperial Russian stout aged in sherry barrels.

It appears the competition might have been fiercer and the judging more stringent this year. In previous years, it seemed that almost everyone got medals. Not this year, those qualifying for at least a bronze medal were few and far between compared to last year. sure, we got more than last year but we have a lot more breweries and they had a lot more beer to enter than last year so to have over 30 Irish winners among so many world class entries is something we can be proud of.

This year, we had two Irish breweries take home a gold medal. Congratulations to Carlow Brewing for their barrel aged Lean Folláin and also to Manor Brewing for their Mont Irish Mountain Lager.

Like last year, I've taken all of the Irish medal winners from the list and I'm listing them off here. A big congratulations to all of the medal winners. I think you can be even more proud when you consider how many beers didn't get medals this year.

We also had Cider added to the competition this year.

Gold
 
  • Carlow Brewing Company - O'Hara's Barrel Aged Leann Folláin
  • Manor Brewing Company- MONT Mountain Lager
 
 
Silver
 
  • 5 Lamps Dublin Brewing - 5 Lamps Lager
  • Kinnegar Brewing - Black Bucket
  • Kinnegar Brewing - Yannaroddy
  • Rascals Brewing Company - Chocolate Ginger Porter
  • Rascals Brewing Company - Wit Woo
  • Blacks Of Kinsale - High Vis
  • Blacks Of Kinsale - Black IPA
  • Hilden Brewery - Hilden Irish Stout
  • Metalman Brewing - Metalman Heatsink
 
Bronze
 
  • 12 Acres Brewing Company - 12 Acres Pale Ale
  • Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company - Black Perle Porter
  • Kinnegar Brewing - Devil's Backbone 
  • Eight Degrees Brewing - Hurricane IPA
  • James Brown Brews - Chocolate Orange Stout
  • Dungarvan Brewing Company - Mine Head
  • Dungarvan Brewing Company - Mahon Falls
  • The 5 Lamps Dublin Brewing - Phoenix Dark
  • Carlow Brewing Company - O'Hara's Leann Folláin
  • Blacks Of Kinsale - RocketShip IPA
  • Kelly's Mountain Brew – Revenge
  • Black Donkey Brewing Ltd - Sheep Stealer
  • The Porterhouse Brewing Company – Porterhouse Red Ale
  • The Porterhouse Brewing Company - Wrasslers 4X
 
Cider
 
Silver
 
  • Dan Kelly's Cider - Fiona's Fancy
  • Dan Kelly's Cider - Dan Kelly’s Cider
 
Bronze
 
  • Carlow Brewing Company - Falling Apple
  • MacIvors Cider Co. – MacIvors Medium Cider
  • MacIvors Cider Co. – MacIvors Traditional Dry Cider
  • dj's juice and cider- Tempted? Dry Cider
 
 
 
I hope I didn't miss anyone this time. A full list of winners can be found here on the alltech site, though even that list is incomplete. It's more complete than yesterday when it only showed 16 Irish winners.
 

 

Upcoming Events

Fri Sep 04 @19:00 -
Nancy's Beer Club
Sat Sep 12
Castlebar Craft Beer Festival
Sat Sep 12 @12:00 -
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Sun Sep 13
Castlebar Craft Beer Festival
Sat Sep 26
Sourfest 2015

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