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…
Currently there are 40 independent Irish craft brewery's across the island that brew vegan/vegetarian friendly beer. With a massive range of beers and styles there is certainly something for everyone.
This list will be added to over the coming days.
1. St.Mel's Brewing Company
2. DungarvanBrewing Company
3. Western Herd
4. Simon Lambert & Sons
5. RyeRiver (McGargles, Grafters, Solas, Crafty)
6. Brother Brewing
7. Galway Bay Brewery*
9. Wild Bat
10. Black Donkey
12. Independent Brewing Company
13. Wood Key Brewing
14. 8 Degrees Brewing
15. kelly's Mountain Brew
16. Galway Hooker Brewery
17. 9 White Deer Brewery*
18. Mountain Man Brewing
19. Radikale ale
20. Drew Fox
21. Mescan Brewery
22. Barrelhead Brewery
23. JW Sweetman
24. Boundary Brewing
25. Otter Bank Brewing
26. Blacks Brewery *
28. Treaty City Brewing
29. Rising Sons Brewery
30. Walled City Brewery
32. Ards Brewing
33. West Mayo Brewery
34. Four Provinces
35. Elbow Lane
36. Donegal Brewing Company
37. White Gypsy
38. Munster Brewery
39. Torc Brewing.
40. Manor Brewing
*Exception GBB: Buried at Sea, contains lactose.
*Exception 9 white Deer: Cask ale
*Exception Blacks: Some old bottles
For a small (but growing) consumer organisation made up of unpaid volunteers, we can count some very talented people among our ranks. A number of well-known writers & journalists, web/app developers, IT people, artists, photographers and now an independent film maker.
Beoir member Sean Monaghan (tallstorymedia) is an independent film maker as well as author and photographer. He writes A Taste of Ireland, a site about food and beer. Among the films that Sean has produced, one stands out as our sort of thing. It’s called Beoir: A Tale of Irish Craft Ale.
The 23 minute documentary is beautifully shot and showcases the beauty of Ireland’s landscape and also the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of some of our independent breweries. The Donegal brewing company, Innishmacsaint brewing company, Mescan brewing company, Kinnegar brewing company and Poker Tree brewing company all feature in here.
The film has been selected as part of the Dublin International short film and music festival for 2014. The festival will take place from the 3rd to the 5th of October 2014.
I would encourage all members to take a look and spread the word about the film. If you are attending the Irish Craft beer & Cider Festival this weekend, the opening 3 minutes are on the looping video I put together to give some information about Beoir, NHC and the Dublin Ladies Craft Beer Society.
Please enjoy the film and make sure to have sound as the soundtrack is excellent and you need to hear the stories being told by the brewers. It can be discussed further here.
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