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Dungarvan Brewing Summer Series

Dungarvan Summer Series Poster

Starting 11th July and running on most Friday evenings through the next two months, the Dungarvan Brewing Company will be holding a series of tasting sessions at the brewery.

Participants will learn about the ingredients of beer, the brewing process and the many flavours and aromas of craft beer via a tutored tasting.

The event begins at 5pm and runs for around 90 minutes. Advanced booking is required. Admission is €10 but there's a special offer for Beoir members booking more than one place: a 50% discount on second and all subsequent tickets. To avail of the discount, send the date you'd like to book for and the number of attendants to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more on the event see the brewery blog.

Win Tickets To The International Craft Brews and Food Fair

Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair

Beoir has a pair of tickets to give away for the Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair this weekend, it's essentially a beer and food festival.
 
I'm going to let this run for 24 hours and pick a random winner tomorrow at 15:00 GMT.
It's open to everyone but of course, please don't enter if you don't plan on being in Dublin this weekend to attend. 
 
To win the tickets, just correctly answer the following questions by emailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
1. What size screen will the Ireland Vs Wales rugby match be shown on at the festival?
2. In what building does the event take place?
3. What Irish singer, famous for Saints and Sinners will be performing?
 
Hint: all answers are on the festival website.
 
Winner is Kayleigh Ziolo after a random number brought up entrant 17.

 

 

International Craft Brews and Food Fair: Dublin 7-8 February 2014

Alltech International Craft Brews and Food FairKentucky-based brewer and distiller Alltech returns to Dublin this February for a second beer festival, following the first last July. Once again, Convention Centre Dublin is the venue and once again an international competition will be held to find the best beer in show, to succeed Hilden Brewery's Twisted Hop as the holder of the Dublin Craft Beer Cup.

For the consumer there will be beer on offer from new Irish brewers such as Rascal's, Stone Barrel, Black's of Kinsale, Brú, Mountain Man and the Independent Brewing Company, as well as several familiar favourites plus a range of international beers. Sheridan's cheese, Keogh's crisps, Bretzel bakery and the Burren smokehouse will be among those providing food matching options.

There will be live music, talks, tastings, and of course the rugby will be shown on Saturday afternoon.

The event is split over two public sessions, on Friday 7th from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday 8th from 12pm to 9pm. Admission to each costs €15 which includes a festival glass and 4 beer tokens. Click here to buy tickets.

For full details and updates, see the festival website.

 

National Homebrew Festival

This Saturday, our friends at the National Homebrew Club will be hosting what is probably Ireland's first homebrew beer festival. This is a completely free event both in terms of entry and beer. In fact, it has been worked out that there are roughly 500 pints of homebrew going for free.

This isn't any old homebrew either, this is award wining homebrew. The winners of the NHC national homebrew competition earlier in the year are back with their brews so everyone can have a taste and ask questions of the brewer. This festival will highlight the sort of quality you can achieve with amateur brewing and this in turn can lead to brewers going on to open their own brewery and add to the ever increasing list of Irish micro breweries in Ireland, a number that should be over 40 by this time next year.

I will be there myself with my Dark Stranger Stout which won silver medal in the stout category and was also one of the few beers to get 44, the highest points on the day.

The beer will be served from corny kegs in a cask setup with hand pumps and since the beers are keg conditioned, this will be a real ale affair.

The overall winning beer, Ormeau Dark will also be there if you haven't had it yet. The beer was brewed commercially by Trouble Brewing.

The event kicks off at the Bernard Shaw at 12pm and all are welcome.

 

By Reuben Gray

Kilkenny Cat Laughs...

Every year I travel to Kilkenny with a group of friends to attend the Cat Laughs comedy festival. It has always been a great festival; and add to that some fantastic restaurants and pubs and a good time is had by all.

However, there was always one thing lacking: craft beer. In previous years we have pretty much camped out in The Grapevine as it was the only place I was likely to find craft. Then last year two more venues appeared: Cleeres and The Pumphouse; Both serving a decent range of bottles.

This year the availability was a lot better. Not only have Carlow Brewing opened a craft pub (right beside Cleeres and The Pumphouse) but craft taps have started appearing. And two of the restaurants we visited also had craft on their wine list. Only one minor downside, another venue that had craft bottles for last years Savour festival no longer carried them, so we didn't spend much time there.

So where do you go if you are in Kilkenny and looking for a locally brewed craft beer or cider:

     

 

Upcoming Events

Sat Oct 25 @12:00 - 08:00PM
Irish Craft Beer Fest at Savour Kilkenny
Sat Oct 25 @14:00 - 03:00PM
Beer/Cider Vs Wine Smackdown
Sat Oct 25 @15:00 -
Nancy Blakes Irish Beer & Cider Festival, Limerick
Sun Oct 26 @12:00 - 08:00PM
Irish Craft Beer Fest at Savour Kilkenny
Sun Oct 26 @14:00 - 03:00PM
Beer/Cider Vs Wine Smackdown

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