Irish Craft BeerIrish Craft Brewer is pleased to announce the establishment of Beoir, a consumers' lobby for beer drinkers on the island of Ireland, and for all who seek to improve the variety and quality of beer available here. The new group will concentrate on the promotion of beer and cider from Ireland's micro-producers, as well as encouraging quality imports, and continuning Irish Craft Brewer's work in providing a forum -- both in real-life and online -- for the country's amateur craft brewers.

It will take time to build our momentum into something more than the ad hoc group we currently have, but the aim is very much to become an organisation as active in publishing, managing events and being visible in the media as CAMRA in the UK, or the many beer consumers' unions active on the continent and beyond.

At the moment there is a draft Constitution available for members to debate, and the intention is to ratify it on 1st July, when Beoir will officially come into being.

If you'd like to be part of this next stage of the revolution in Irish beer, annual membership costs €10 and more information on the group and how to join may be found here.

The Beoir awards have been running annually for over a decade now. It is the only beer awards scheme in Ireland voted for by the drinkers ourselves and the integrity of the system is a vital part of how it works. Winners can know that their beer stood out on its own merits, purely for how good it tastes. Although Beoir in 2023 has over 300 members eligible to vote, we received an insufficient number of ballots to identify the usual trio of winners. As a result, Beer of the Year and the runners-up will not be awarded this year.

That's not to say that there was no useful information produced. Though no individual beers stood out, there were several breweries in contention for our best brewery prize, and indeed one outright winner. Beoir is happy to announce the new holder of the Oliver Hughes Award for best brewery:

Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2013Ireland's biggest festival of craft beer returns to the RDS for a third year, expanding to a four-day event, beginning on Thursday 5th September and running through to Sunday 8th. The expansion of Ireland's beer scene is reflected in the line-up, with 22 Irish craft beer companies represented and over 100 beers available for tasting, including a large number of new and special editions. Expect new lagers from Whitewater and Trouble Brewing, the first barley wine from Carlow Brewing and a limited edition Amber Ale from Eight Degrees. Moonbeam from Metalman Brewing will be making its triumphant return for the autumn season and Galway Hooker will be debuting a coffee porter.

The festival will mark the first public appearance of Brú Brewery from Co. Meath. Other newcomers include Kinnegar, Donegal Brewing, Black's of Kinsale, Five Lamps, Galway Bay, JW Sweetman and Mountain Man. There will also be five artisan cider makers, two independent whiskey companies and a select range of imported beers. Accompaniment to the drinks will be provided by seven different food stalls and a sequence of live musical acts. Both the Ireland v. Sweden game on Friday and the hurling final on Sunday will be shown live.

There is no better opportunity in Dublin to meet Ireland's craft brewers and try Irish beers that can't be bought anywhere else. For complete information, see the festival website.

Beoir members get €5 off admission on production of a valid membership card.

Big Grill Festival Festival 2014

The first Big Grill Festival is coming to Herbert Park, Dublin this weekend, 15-17 August. Proper barbecue food has become incredibly popular of late and this is a chance to try the best Dublin has to offer all in one place.

A variety of Irish brewers will have beers available at the event, including Eight Degrees, Rascal's, Trouble Brewing and The Porterhouse, as well as international offerings from greats such as Oskar Blues, Odell, Thornbridge, BrewDog and Sierra Nevada.

Beoir members will be on hand through the weekend to help you choose the best beers to match with your food.

Full details and tickets are available via BigGrillFestival.com. Discount entry is available to all Beoir members, see the members' forum for details.

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Come and meet the Irish Craft Brewer team, this Saturday, for one day only, at The Franciscan Well in Cork.

All your homebrew questions answered, free tastings, and equipment and ingredients for sale, courtesy of The Homebrew Company.

Whether you're interested in starting your own home brewery, or want to improve on past results, this is place to be.

Admission free. 18 yrs+ only.