We had a brilliant 2013 at Beoir. We exceeded last year's total membership after only 6 months and we still have 6 months to go. Beoir membership runs from the 1st of July for one year. From January, membership drops to €5 to account for the shorter membership term and you can join here. You can still avail of all the excellent benefits for Beoir membership with the exception that you will receive €5 worth of Galway Bay vouchers rather than the full €10. If you would prefer to support Beoir by paying the full €10 and get €10 worth of vouchers, you can do so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Beating off tough competition from nearly 300 entries, we had 18 Irish medal winners out of the 125 medal winning beers at the second Alltech Dublin Craft Beer Cup.

In fact, three of the twelve gold medals went to Irish breweries. While the cup itself went to a worthy Danish winner, we can be proud of our world class beers and the recognition they are getting around the world these days. 

Alltech will be back in 2015 with another convention which promises to be bigger and better than 2014. They kept their promise from 2013 as this year was fantastic so here's looking to 2015.

Take a look at the medal winners and please congratulate the brewers as you interact with them. They deserve it.

 

Gold Medal Winners

     
Galway Bay Brewery Of Foam and Fury  
O'Hara's Double IPA  
Rascal's Brewing Co. Chocolate Ginger Porter
       

Silver Medal Winners

     
Brown Paper Bag Project Pleasant Porter    
Black's Of Kinsale Black IPA    
Black's Of Kinsale Kinsale Pale Ale  
Franciscan Well Rebel Red
Franciscan Well Jameson Stout
Independent Brewing Co. of Ireland Independent Gold  
Porterhouse Hersbrucker Pils  
       

Bronze Medal Winners

     
Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne/West Kerry Brewery Carraig Dubh  
Brown Paper Bag Project Big Red    
Hilden Brewing Co. Headless Dog  
Kinnegar Brewing Devil's Backbone  
N17 Brewery Oatmeal Stout  
Rascal's Brewing Co. Ginger Porter  
The 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery The Blackpitts Porter
The 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery The Liberties Dublin Ale

 

By Reuben Gray

Christmas is coming and more importantly; not one but two Beoir Christmas parties. The main one is on the 13th of December at the Black Sheep on Capel street. Kicking off from 7pm with free finger food and if you are wise enough to be a full Beoir member, a free pint of Galway Bay beer when you arrive.

The second party, for those that can't make the first; is on the 20th at the same location and time. I'll be at both though, any excuse for a night of fine company and excellent beer.

Don't forget tonight, the Dublin Ladies Craft Beer Society have invited us to come along to J.W. Sweetman's for a tour and some drinks afterwards. It kicks off at 7:15 so don't be late if you plan on coming.

As usual, there will be no ICB meet in December but expect one in January at The Bull & Castle from 7pm on the second last Wednesday of the month.

So for now, have a very merry Christmas and keep an eye out for the Christmas specials from our wonderful Irish microbreweries.

Beoir would like to offer a heartfelt congratulations to Seamus O’Hara on his appointment as the new Chairperson of the Irish Brewers Association (IBA). Seamus set up the Carlow Brewing Company in 1996 which celebrates its 20th birthday this year.

To say that Seamus was a pioneer of the craft beer industry in Ireland wouldn’t do him justice. Seamus has helped to see Ireland in to the 21st century in terms of beer choice and the promotion of independent brewing and has been at the forefront of what some might term the craft beer revolution in Ireland. He was also among the first independent breweries to export beer outside of Ireland and has done so for the last 20 years.

Beoir has an excellent relationship with Seamus and we expect that to continue in his new role. While independent brewing still makes up a small part of the market, it is growing every year. This is despite the fact that global beer consumption has been slowing down. It shows a new level of respect for what was once a fledgling industry. There are approximately 75 independent breweries on the island of Ireland now and that number increases every year.

 

We wish Seamus the best of luck and expect some interesting times ahead for independent brewing in Ireland.

 

 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 Bonita Silver    
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    
Bo Bristle Stout Silver    
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    

 

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