Beoir Cider Competition
The first Beoir Cider Competition has been scehduled to take place at The Wine Rack, Stewartstown on Saturday the 22nd of April 2017.
The competition is open to to all commercial cider or perry producers on the island of Ireland. Entries are €40 per cider, with a maximum of 5 entries per producer. This is due to time and available judges and will hopefully encourage entrants to think about which ciders should be entered. We are also judging amateur "homebrewed" ciders alongside the professional entries. These may be entered at a reduced rate of 6EUR per cider with a maximum of 3 entries per person. A discount code is available in this case, please contact the competition organiser.
It's heartening that so many of the winners of the 2013 Irish Restaurant Awards are familiar from the Beoir Directory and app as stockists of beer and cider from Ireland's small independent producers. Over the last ten years we have seen a major change in how the nation views and values food, with a consequent rise in the quality and range of what's on offer. Though the beer revolution is newer and faces tougher competition from bland mass-produced products, it's clear that the food sector is an important ally, bringing tasty local produce to the market, both on a plate and in a glass.
Congratulations to all the winners, but especially the five gastropub champions: The Brewer's House (Donaghmore), The Purty Kitchen (Dublin), Eat @ Massimo (Galway), The Derg Inn (Terryglass) and Harte's Bar (Kildare), all proving every day that beer and food belong together.
In fact, with awards for "Best Cocktail Experience" and "Best Wine Experience", isn't it high time there was an Irish Restaurant Award for "Best Beer or Cider Experience"?