Here's the full list of entries and their places. If your beer isn't listed, it might not have scored high enough for a medal. Scoresheets with feedback will be posted out by the INEC.
|Brewer||Beer||Medal||Category Place||Overall Place|
|O’Brother Brewing||The Dreamer||Silver|
|O’Brother Brewing||The Chancer||Gold||1st Place Pale Ale||3rd Place|
|O’Brother Brewing||The Fixer||Silver||3rd Place Dark Ale|
|Jack Cody’s||Duxie Grapefriut Tea Pale Ale||Silver|
|Jack Cody’s||Puck Pilsner||Silver||3rd Place Lager|
|Jack Cody’s||Smiggy Amber Ale||Bronze|
|Jack Cody’s||Hail Glorious St Patrick Stout||Gold||2nd Place Stouts/Porters|
|Jack Cody’s||Blackjack Cream Stout||Silver|
|Blacks of Kinsale||Black IPA||Silver|
|Blacks of Kinsale||Kinsale Pale Ale||Silver|
|Blacks of Kinsale||High Vis Double||Silver|
|Blacks of Kinsale||Model T||Bronze|
|Kinnegar Brewing||Lime Burner Pale Ale||Silver|
|Kinnegar Brewing||Yanna Roddy Stout||Gold||3rd Place Stout/Porter|
|Kinnegar Brewing||Scraggy Bay Pale Ale||Gold||2nd Place Pale Ale|
|Kinnegar Brewing||Blackbucket||Gold||1st Place Speciality||2nd Place|
|Kinnegar Brewing||Swingletree Belgian||Silver||3rd Place Belgian|
|Franciscan Well||Summer Saison||Bronze|
|Franciscan Well||Friar Weiss||Silver||3rd Place Wheat|
|Franciscan Well||Chieftan IPA||Bronze|
|Jack Doyles||Premium Stout||Bronze|
|Jack Doyles||Proper Order Irish Pale Ale||Silver|
|Jack Doyles||Proper Order Irish Pale Ale||Bronze|
|Radikale Brewery||Radikale Pale Ale||Silver||HM|
|Munster Brewery||Munich Helles Lager||Bronze|
|Munster Brewery||Firbolg Lager||Bronze|
|Munster Brewery||12 Towers RedAle||Bronze|
|Black Donkey||Sheep Stealer||Silver||2nd Place Belgian|
|Black Donkey||Buck It||Silver||3rd Place Speciality|
|Black Donkey||Scythe Belgian Pale Ale||Silver|
|Elbow Lane||Arrow Weisse||Silver||1st Place Wheat|
|Glens of Antrim||Fairhead Gold||Silver||HM|
|Bo Bristle||Amber Pale Ale||Silver|
|Bo Bristle||IPA Pale Ale||Gold|
|Independent Brewing||Independent Connemara Pale Ale||Silver|
|Independent Brewing||Independent Stout||Silver|
|Independent Brewing||Independent Connemara Gold Ale||Silver|
|Independent Brewing||Independent Connemara Red Ale||Bronze|
|Carrig Brewing Company||Poachers Ale||Silver|
|Carrig Brewing Company||Pilsner Lager||Silver||2nd Place Lager|
|Carrig Brewing Company||Carrig Lager||Bronze|
|Carrig Brewing Company||Rowers Red Ale||Silver||HM|
|Carrig Brewing Company||Pipers Pale Ale||Bronze|
|West Kerry Brewing||Beal Ban Golden Ale||Silver|
|West Kerry Brewing||Strong Cul Dorcha||Silver|
|West Kerry Brewing||Carrig Dubh Porter||Silver|
|St Mels||St Mels Pale Ale||Silver|
|St Mels||Springbok Lager||Bronze|
|St Mels||Brown Ale||Silver||2nd Place Dark Ales|
|JJ Craft||Abbey Stout||Bronze|
|JJ Craft||Hugo Lager||Silver|
|Trouble Brewing||Remix Lager||Gold||1st Place Lager|
|Trouble Brewing||Dark Arts Porter||Silver|
|Trouble Brewing||Wandering Star Pale Ale||Silver|
|Trouble Brewing||Graffitti Pale Ale||Silver|
|McGargles Brewing||Granny Marys Red Ale||Bronze|
|McGargles Brewing||Knock Knock IPA||Bronze|
|James Brown Brews||Chocolate Orange Stout||Silver||1st Place Stout/Porters||1st Place|
|Cotton Ball||Lynches Stout||Bronze|
|Cotton Ball||Indian Summer Pale Ale||Silver|
|Cotton Ball||Kerry Lane Pale Ale||Silver|
|Cotton Ball||German Pilsner Lager||Silver|
|9Whitedeer||Stag Ban Pale Ale||Silver|
|9Whitedeer||Stag Rua Dark Ale||Bronze|
|9Whitedeer||Black Lightening||Silver||2nd Place Speciality|
|Killarney Brewing Company||Scarlett Pimpernal IPA||Silver||3rd Place Pale Ale|
|Hillstown Brewery||Massey Red Ale||Bronze|
|Hillstown Brewery||Goats Butt||Silver||2nd Place Wheat|
|Hillstown Brewery||Horny Bull||Bronze|
|Hillstown Brewery||Spitting Llama||Silver||1st Place Belgian|
|Torc Brewing Company||Torc Kingdom Porter||Bronze|
|Torc Brewing Company||Torc 5 Malt Ale||Silver|
|Torc Brewing Company||Torc Amber Ale||Gold||1st Place Dark Ale|
|Torc Brewing Company||Torc Wheat Beer||Silver||HM|
|Mountain Man||Green Bullet||Silver|
|Mountain Man||Hairy Goat||Silver|
|Mountain Man||Sneaky Owl||Bronze|
|Mountain Man||Crazy Horse||Silver|
When you think of great beer cities in Ireland, you wouldn't normally include Limerick in that list but things have changed significantly in Limerick. We just had the Beoir AGM there last Saturday and were met with a very warm welcome. Craft beer aside, there are some fantastic pubs there and now with local Limerick beer available in many. While specialist craft beer pubs are short on the ground, the ones that are there are doing an admirable job.
Mother Macs and the recently opened Wickham Tap are flying the flag for not just Irish Craft Beer but especially local Limerick beer such as Treaty City. Both pubs do serve regular macro beer too but they are both biding their time until that's no longer necessary.
Treaty City Brewing themselves went above and beyond by providing us a wonderfully entertaining and informative brewery tour thanks to Stephen.
What makes Limerick so special? We really needed to be there to understand it but Limerick seems to lack a lot of the big chains that have blighted many Irish cities. Everywhere you look there's a local café or bakery. A local barber, local pub, local shop. The only big chain coffee shop we noticed was in the train station, although I believe there's one other somewhere in the city. I'm sure there are plenty of other examples of big, foreign chain retailers in the city but the area we were in was all about the local community. The biggest chain of anything we saw were a number of pubs called Flannery's which is only a chain in the sense that they are run by the same family. However they are run separately by different members of the family.
What does such a close community do to promote local craft beer and local pubs? They join forces and brew a community beer.
The night before the AGM, the beer was launched and Beoir members tried it on Saturday morning while visiting Mother Macs, before the AGM started. It was a very good beer too.
Here’s some of the press release surrounding the beer:
The beer is the result of a unique collaboration between the publicans of the Market Quarter and Treaty City Brewery.
Developing a beer from scratch is a long process that includes extensive research and numerous tasting sessions.
The result is the creation of ‘The Market Quarter Beer’, a light beer with a floral, citrus hop aroma.
“The Market Quarter beer is slightly floral and fruity with a medium malt flavour. It is an incredibly drinkable session beer low in bitterness and light in colour” explains Stephen Cunneen of Treaty City Brewery.
Not only is the beer unique, but the way it was developed is unique. It began with the Market Quarter publicans discussing the potential for a common beer, which would be exclusive to their pubs only. The publicans then met and discussed what could be done with Stephen Cunneen of Treaty City Brewery and a partnership was formed.
This is the first time this sort of approach has been undertaken anywhere in Ireland. It caters for traditional drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts alike.
James Lennon, Chairperson of the Market Quarter described the launch of the Market Quarter Beer; “We’re delighted with the launch of our Market Quarter Beer. It’s something that has brought us all together as a group. People are looking for a different drink experience, we can see that in the expansion of the craft beer and gin market. Customers want something more authentic. Therefore, we have developed this beer and want our customers to experience a new brew that’s interestingly delightful, and most importantly 100% Limerick made. We have loved creating it so we hope that you will love tasting it!”
The pubs where the beer is available are as follows.
A special for Christmas, The Good Craft Brewery Guide is a concise summary of Ireland’s emerging small scale brewing industry, it outlines the stories behind Ireland’s emerging craft brewers and details the styles and flavour characteristics of their beers.
Tim O'Rourke, the author of the book has reduced the price of the book for Christmas. It now costs €4 for Beoir members and €5 RRP for non members.
Please note that we do have to charge for shipping in Ireland at this price so if you can collect in person, that might be better.
Last month, Beer Ireland launched their Micro Brewed badge and it has since started to appear on bottled beer and possibly on pump clips too? I'm not sure about that one.
For those that don't know, Beer Ireland is one of the two industry groups that represent craft breweries in Ireland with the other being the ICBI. Don't forget, Beoir represents the consumer and not necessarily the interests of the industry, though the two tend to go hand in hand when it comes to craft beer.
Beoir welcomes an attempt to provide a label that consumers can use to identify a beer as being independent. While being from an independent brewery doesn't necessarily mean the product is better, it does mean that it comes from a small brewery that supports local jobs and industry rather than a foreign owned multinational. One could consider it similar to the Guaranteed Irish badge except that it's more restrictive. At its core, the badge allows the consumer to make an informed choice to support a verified independent brewery.
To qualify for a Beer Ireland Micro Brewed badge, you need to meet the same definition Beoir uses for Irish Craft Beer with the addition of one.
The last one means that the absence of the badge doesn't mean it's not a micro brewed beer, it simply means they are not a member of Beer Ireland and are perhaps a member of the ICBI or perhaps even not a member of any industry group at all. It's also worth noting that the criteria is all about the brewery that produces the beer, not the brand. A contract brand brewed by an independent brewery would still qualify in the same way it qualifies as Irish Craft Beer under our definition.
If you are ever in in doubt, just check the Beoir A - Z list. If it has a green tick, then it is a micro brewed beer and meets our definition.
It’s that time of the year when the evenings get shorter and the days get colder. Which means it’s time for the winter seasonals/Christmas beers. There’s been a massive increase this year with nearly half the Irish microbreweries producing at least one seasonal, and in some cases, two and even three. The styles are almost all malt-forward as expected for the time of year, with a couple of surprises. Red IPAs, Spiced Ryes and of course, the Coffee Porter/Stouts are all well represented. So, get tracking…
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