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Irish Craft Beer Festival 2016


The Irish Craft Beer Festival is back this September and is bigger than ever with over 50 brewers, cideries and distillers. 

As usual, Beoir members receive a 50% entry discount at the door with a valid, in date membership card. If you want to try and win tickets to the event, keep an eye on the social media. The Beoir Twitter and Beoir Facebook accounts will have a competition each weekend for a pair of tickets. That's a chance to win on both Facebook and Twitter so keep an eye out on Friday to Sunday for details with the winner on each platform announced on Monday. We will run the competition this weekend and next weekend. 

If you wish to volunteer, check the Beoir Member forum for details.

Tickets are available here for non Beoir members. Beoir members wanting to avail of the discount, do so at the door.




Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland 2016 - Killarney Beer Awards



Here are the results of the Killarney Beer Awards for 2016. We had 165 entries which was more than double compared to last year.
Judging started on Saturday at 11am and the final round was completed by 7pm. A massive thanks to Kellie Dawson and her team of stewards who worked the mamoth task of preparing the bottles on Friday. Kellie worked from 10am until 10pm on Friday categorising bottles. Unfortunately, a lot of time was wasted due to many entrants either not covering up their labels correctly or else not bothering to cover them up at all.
We will have to be more strict about entries next year.
Images from the event can be found on the Beoir Flickr page. Direct link here.
The scores from the first round of judging are being compiled and will be sent to breweries along with their feedback.
Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland 2016Kinnegar Brewing, Flying Saucer
First Runner Up: Trouble Brewing,  Stakeout
Second Runner Up: The White Hag, Púca
Best of Category
Pale ale
  1. Yellowbelly Brewery– Yellow Belly, American Pale Ale
  2. Killarney Brewing – Killarney, Scarlet Pimpernel IPA
  3. Farmageddon Brewing Co-Op, Farmageddon IPA
Belgian style ale
  1. Killarney Brewing Company, Spailpín Saison
  2. O Brother Brewing, Huck Saison
  3. Rising Sons Brewery, Mayhem
Dark ale
  1. Yellowbelly Brewery, Fierce Mild
  2. JJ’s Craft, Bills Red Ale
  3. Brehon Brewhouse, Killanney Red

Specially Commended: Two Sisters – Brigid's Ale
Specially Commended: O Brother – The Fixer

  1. St Mels Brewing, Springbock
  2. Trouble Brewing, Kill Lager
  3. Manor Brewing, Mont Irish Mountain Beer
Specially Commended: Rising Sons – Sunbeam
Porter & Stout
  1. Kinnegar Brewing, Flying Saucer
  2. The White Hag Brewery, Black Boar
  3. Trouble Brewing. Dark Arts
Wheat Beer
  1. Trouble Brewing, Stakeout
  2. Kinnegar Brewing, White Rabbit
  3. Hillstown Brewery, The Goat’s Butt
Speciality Beer
  1. Yellowbelly Brewing, The Passion Brewing
  2. The Porterhouse Brewing Company, Louder Barley Wine
  3. Rascal's, Ginger Porter

Specially Commended: White Hag – Barrel-Aged Black Boar

Sour Beer

  1. The White Hag Brewery, The Púca Dry Hopped Lemon Sour
  2. Otterbank Brewing, This is Berlin / Die Wikinger Kommen
  3. Torc Brewing Company, Anything Gose
  1. Stonewell Cider – Esterre Sparkling Prestige Applewine
  2. Stonewell Cider – Stonewell Dry Cider New World Cider
  3. Stonewell Cider – Stonewell Medium Cider New World Cider


Autumn at The Bull and Castle

Autumn at The Bull and Castle

The Bull & Castle in Dublin is running a two-month long autumn festival for all of September and October. A range of special and seasonal beers will be available on rotation during the event including, appropriately enough, Eight Degrees Ochtoberfest Bock, one of the stars of the 2015 Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS. There will also be a new beer from local outfit Five Lamps, a Dark IPA of 6.9% ABV.

And there'll be a selection of infused spirits, cocktails and something called an Orange & Nutmeg Bourbon Hot Chocolate. BUT the real action is at the handpump. On the cask roster is:

  • Rascal's Wunderbar German IPA (6% ABV)
  • Rascal's Big Hop Red (5% ABV)
  • Dungarvan Seaweed Saison (6.5% ABV)

The latter of these, a collaboration brew with Norwegian craft beer pioneers Nøgne Ø, went down a storm at the RDS and has been in very short supply around the country. A cask in Dublin is a coup; €4.50 a pint makes it unmissable.

All beers are available for a limited time while stocks last. Click here to see the full festival menu and keep an eye on the Bull & Castle's Twitter and Facebook for updates on what's on when.

Something special for the weekend



Irish Craft Beer Festival 2015
The Irish Craft Beer Festival 2015 is almost here. For three days, dozens of breweries and hundreds of beers will be taking over the RDS in Dublin, alongside whiskey, cider, food, music and debate. It's the perfect opportunity to explore Irish craft beer under one roof, and try beers from breweries you've never met before.

But there's also the chance to taste one-off and rare beers not usually available at all. We've decided to compile this list of the specials we know about to whet your appetite ahead of the festival. It's not complete, it may not even be accurate, but it should get your mouth watering.

Don't forget to bring your Beoir membership card for half price admission at the door!

Blacks of Kinsale
Sour Brown Ale
Jester Brown


Imperial Red Ale: 7.3%
Porter: 5.1%
Strong Ale: 10.4%
October Ale: 7%
Copper Coast aged in Sherry barrels: 4.3%
Raspberry Black Rock: 4.3%
IPA: 7.2%

Eight Degrees
Ochtoberfest Boch: 6.4%
Millennium Imperial IPA: 10%


Hilly Head Farmhouse Red Ale
Crossroads: American Style IPA, 6.2%
Geuzberry: Gooseberry kettle sour, 5.2%

Mountain Man

Hillbilly Heaven: American bourbon oak aged ale
Hairy Nuts: IPA with pecan nuts
Broken Hipster: Ginger beer
No Country for Owl Men: Irish whiskey oak aged Ale
Beard of Zeus: Raspberry Ale
Bruce's Bluenoser: 4% blueberry ale
Year of the Goat: 4.5% coriander & anise ale
Vincent Van Coff: 4.6% coffee & vanilla ale

No-Name IPA
33: Sticke Altbier

O Brother
Brutus Double IPA

Rhubarb and Strawberry Wheat Beer
Hop Heavy IPA

Curious Brew: Brewed with gin botanicals

Chardonnay Aged Saison
Big Hop Red infused with 250 Square Coffee
Sim Simma: Hemp ale

Rye River
Triple Decoction Doppelbock
Baltic Porter
Rye River Saison
Smoked Belgian Dunkelweizen
Double Decoction Marzen
Vienna Lager
Oak Aged Keeping Red
Hipster Hopped - TNT
Hipster Hopped - Azacca
Hipster Hopped - Experimental Grapefruit
Watermelon Wheat Ale
Sexy Lacto Flanders
Sticker Junkie: IIPA
Belgian Single w/ Nelson Sauvin
Farami: coffee stout
Lemondrop Berliner

Simon Lambert 
Lapsang Souchong Porter 5.4%
Smoked Pale Stout 7.5%
Sweet Stout 4.8%
Lager 4.1%
Pale Ale #1 4.8%
Pale Ale #2 6.1%
Stone Belly IPA 6% (Yellowbelly Stone Barrel Collab)
West Kerry
Bitter Sable: Black APA
Blue Rose: Cascade hopped pale ale
Black Elder: Dry hopped black ale

White Gypsy
Cream Ale

Wicklow Wolf
Simcoe IPA
Elevation Pale Ale
FreeRanger IPA
Belgian Brown

Killarney Beer Awards

Beoir launches a new awards programme at the Killarney Beerfest this June!

Are you a commercially viable brewer on the island of Ireland?
Then give your beer the praise it deserves with an award from Beoir.
The Awards are part of the Killarney Beerfest which take place over three days, June 5th - 7th in Killarney.
There will be also be, beer master-classes, beer tastings, a food village & live music with Picture House, The Swing Cats and Jerry Fish. 
We are flying in a number of experienced international judges as well as utilising our own experienced judges in Ireland.
Competition categories include: 
  • Pale Ale
  • Belgian Style Ale
  • Dark Ale
  • Lagers
  • Porter/Stout
  • Wheat Beer
  • Speciality
  • Sour Beer
Entry deadline is the 29th of May. For all Terms & Conditions and the Beoir judging process email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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