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A-Z of Ireland's Beer and Cider

This table has been created as an at-a-glance guide to the various beers and ciders produced by companies based in Ireland. A tick denotes that this brand's products qualify as Irish Craft Beer or Cider, that is: produced on the island of Ireland by an Irish company which makes less than 40,000hL per year.

Last update: 5th June 2019

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YES 12 Acres Microbrewery    
YES 12th Abbey Contract Brand   No longer in business. Formerly brewed at Brú.
  5 Lamps Microbrewery   Owned by C&C.
YES 59 South Contract brand   Brewed at Select Batch.
YES 5th Quarter Contract Brand   Brewed at Hilden.
YES 9 White Deer Microbrewery    
YES Achill Island Microbrewery    No longer in business.
YES Ards Microbrewery    
YES Armagh Artisan Cider Maker Carsons, Maddens, Mollys  
YES Arthurstown Microbrewery Dunbrody, King's Bay, Hook  No longer in business.
YES Apple Farm Artisan Cider Maker Con's   
YES Ballykilcavan Microbrewery    
YES Baronscourt Microbrewery    
YES Barrahooley Microbrewery    
YES Barrelhead Contract Brand   Brewed at JW Sweetman.
  Bartleys Contract Brand   Brewed at Station Works.
YES Beaky Dargus Microbrewery    
YES Beer Hut Microbrewery    
YES Benwiskin Contract Brand   Brewed at Brú.
YES Beoir Chorca Duibhne Microbrewery West Kerry  
YES Big Hand Contract Brand   Brewed at Trouble.
YES Black Donkey Microbrewery    
YES Black Mountain Microbrewery    
YES Black's Microbrewery    
YES Blackstairs Contract Brand   Formerly brewed at Brú. No longer in business.
YES Blockburger Contract Brand   Brewed at Brú.
YES Bo Bristle Microbrewery    No longer in business.
YES Boghopper Microbrewery Inishowen   
  Bohemian Craft Ale Contract brand   Brewed at Five Lamps.
YES Boundary Microbrewery    
YES Boyne Valley Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Brehon Microbrewery    
YES Brennan's Contract Brand   Brewed at Dundalk Bay.
YES Brewtonic Contract Brand   Brewed at Rascals.
YES Bridewell Microbrewery    
  Brown Bear Contract brand   Brewed at Station Works.
  Brown Paper Bag Project Contract Brand   No longer in business. Brewed at various breweries in Ireland and abroad.
YES Brú Microbrewery    
YES Bullhouse Microbrewery    
YES Burren Microbrewery Curtin's, The Roadside Tavern  
  C&C Multinational Bulmers, Magners, Dowd's Lane,  Clonmel 1650, Roundstone, Tipperary Brewing, Pana Cork Lager, Five Lamps  
YES Canvas Microbrewery    
YES Carlingford Microbrewery    
YES Carlow Microbrewery O'Hara's 32% owned by Hijos de Rivera.
YES Carrig Microbrewery    
YES Catch-22 Contract brand   Brewed at Carrig.
YES Christy's Contract Brand   Brewed at Brú.
YES Clanconnel Contract Brand McGrath's Brewed at Rye River.
YES Clonakilty Microbrewery    
YES Cloughmore Contract Brand   Brewed at Whitewater.
YES Cider Mill Artisan Cider Maker Cockagee  
YES Clear Sky Contract Brand   Brewed at Hilden.
YES Connemara Contract Brand Connacht  Brewed at Reel Deel.
YES Corrib Microbrewery Wild Bat  
YES Costello's Microbrewery    
YES Cotton Ball Microbrewery    
YES Crafty Bear Contract Brand   Brewed at Third Barrel.
YES Crafty Divils Contract Brand   Brewed at Kelly's Mountain.
YES Craigie's Artisan Cider Maker    Owned by Carlow Brewing.
YES Dan Kelly's Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Dead Centre Contract Brand   Brewed at St. Mel's.
  Desmond Contract brand   Brewed in Spain.
  Diageo Multinational Guinness, Smithwick's, Harp, Macardles, Rockshore  
YES Dick Mack's Microbrewery    
  Dingle Contract brand Tom Crean's   
YES Donegal Microbrewery    
YES Dooliner Contract Brand   Brewed at Carlow.
YES Dopey Dick Microbrewery    
YES Dot Contract Brand   Brewed at various Irish microbreweries.
YES Dovehill Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Downstream Contract brand   Brewed at Mourne Mountains.
YES Drew Fox Microbrewery Clever Man  
YES Dublin Beer Factory Contract brand Blue Lager  Brewed at Dundalk Bay.
YES Dublin Brewer Contract brand   Brewed at Carrig.
YES Dublin Brewing Co-Op Contract brand 9th Lock  Brewed at Select Batch.
YES Dundalk Bay Microbrewery Brewmaster  
YES Dungarvan Microbrewery    
  Eight Degrees Microbrewery    Owned by Pernod Ricard.
YES Elbow Lane Microbrewery    
YES Evans' Microbrewery    No longer in business.
YES Falling Apple Contract Brand   Owned by Carlow Brewing.
YES Farmageddon Microbrewery    
YES Fat Walrus Contract brand   Brewed at Third Barrel.
YES Finn Valley Microbrewery    
YES Four Provinces Microbrewery    
  Franciscan Well Microbrewery   Owned by Molson Coors.
YES Galway Bay Microbrewery    
YES Galway Hooker Microbrewery    
YES Glens of Antrim Microbrewery   No longer in business. 
YES Gogarty's Contract brand   Brewed at Carlow.
YES Great Island Contract Brand   Brewed at Select Batch.
  Hardy Bucks Contract Brand   Brewed at C&C.
YES Hawthorne Tales Contract Brand   Brewed at Cotton Ball.
YES Heaney Contract Brand   Brewed at Boundary.
YES Heartland Microbrewery   No longer in business.
  Heineken Multinational Murphy's, Beamish, Cute Hoor  
YES Hercules Microbrewery    
YES Highbank Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Hilden Microbrewery    
YES Hillstown Microbrewery    
YES Hope Microbrewery    
YES Hopfully Contract brand   Brewed at Lough Gill 
YES Hyland Contract Brand Celtic Warrior  Brewed at Third Barrel.
YES Independent Microbrewery    No longer in business.
YES Inishmacsaint Microbrewery Fermanagh Beer Company  
YES Irishtown Contract Brand Dublin Blonde  Brewed at Hope.
YES Jack Cody's Microbrewery    No longer in business.
YES Jack Doyle's Microbrewery    No longer in business.
YES Jack Smyth's Microbrewery    
YES James Brown Contract Brand   Brewed at Brú.
YES JJ's Microbrewery    
YES Johnny Fall Down Artisan Cider Maker  Killahora Orchards  
YES JW Sweetman Microbrewery    
YES Kelly's Mountain Microbrewery    No longer in business.
YES Kerry Contract Brand  Gnéas Brewed at Rascals.
YES Kildare Microbrewery    
YES Killarney Microbrewery    
YES Kilmegan Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Kinnegar Microbrewery    
YES Kinsale Contract Brand   Brewed at White Gypsy
YES Knockout Microbrewery    
YES Lacada Microbrewery    
YES Land & Labour Contract Brand   Brewed at Galway Bay
YES Larkin's Microbrewery Dublin Lager Brewery   
YES Last Port Contract Brand   Brewed at Cotton Ball
YES Lecale Microbrewery    
YES Limerick City Contract Brand   Brewed at Brú
YES Little Island Contract Brand Kenmare  Beer brewed at Brú. Cider made at Armagh Cider.
YES Llewellyn's Orchard Artisan Cider Maker Double LL  
YES Long Meadow Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Longueville House Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Loopland Contract Brand   Brewed at Knockout
YES Loudons Microbrewery    
YES Lough Gill Microbrewery Onward  
YES Mac's Artisan Cider Maker    
YES MacIvor's Artisan Cider Maker    
YES McGill's Microbrewery    
YES Magic Hill Microbrewery    
YES Manor Contract Brand Mont Brewed at Boyne Brewhouse 
YES Marks & Spencer Contract Brand   Irish Stout brewed at Carlow
YES McCrackens Microbrewery    
YES Mescan Microbrewery    
YES Metalman Microbrewery    
YES Midlands Beer Collective Contract Brand   Brewed at Hope
YES Monck House Contract Brand   Brewed at Carrig
YES Mountain Man Contract Brand   Brewed at Cotton Ball
YES Mourne Mountains Microbrewery    
YES Mourne Seafood Contract Brand   Brewed at Whitewater
YES Munster Microbrewery    
YES N17 Contract Brand   Brewed at Reel Deel
YES Na Cuana Microbrewery / Artisan Cider Maker Boyne Brewhouse, Devil's Bit  Cider produced at Na Cuana's cidery in Borrisoleigh 
  Night Cap Contract Brand Gallopers  Brewed in England 
YES Norn Iron Microbrewery    
YES Northbound Microbrewery    
YES O Brother Microbrewery    
YES Ó Cléirigh Microbrewery    
YES O'Connor Microbrewery    
YES O'Shea's Contract Brand   Brewed at Carlow
YES Old Mill Microbrewery    
  Orchard Thieves Contract Brand   Made by Heineken UK
  Orpens Contract Brand   Made at C&C
YES Otterbank Contract Brand   Brewed at YellowBelly
YES Persistence Contract Brand   Brewed at JJ's
YES Pitt Bros Contract Brand   Beer brewed at Brú, Cider made at Armagh.
YES Pokertree Microbrewery    
YES Porterhouse Microbrewery    
YES Priory Microbrewery    
YES RadikAle Contract Brand   Formerly brewed at various Irish breweries. No longer in business.
YES Rascals Microbrewery    
YES Raven Microbrewery  The Old Schoolhouse  
YES Red Hand Microbrewery  The Brewer's House  
YES Reel Deel Microbrewery    
YES Rising Sons Microbrewery    
YES Rough Brothers Microbrewery    
YES Rye River Microbrewery McGargle's, Solas, Colgan's, Crafty, Grafters  
YES Sailortown Contract Brand   Brewed at Carrig
YES Samuels Contract Brand   Brewed at Knockout
YES Scott's Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Select Batch Microbrewery BYOB Ventures, Postcard, formerly Dundalk Heritage Brewery and Craftworks Mainly produces contract beers. Own range sold under the Postcard brand.
YES Sheelin Microbrewery    
YES Sheridan's Microbrewery Walsh's   
YES Soulwater Contract Brand   Brewed at JJ's
YES Spiddal River Contract Brand Bogman  Brewed at Trouble
YES St. Mel's Microbrewery    
  Station Works Microbrewery Cumberland Breweries Owned by Alltech
YES Stonewell Artisan Cider Maker Finnbarra  
YES Sullivan's Contract Brand   Brewed at Boyne Brewhouse
YES Tempted Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Third Barrel Microbrewery Third Circle, Stone Barrel   
YES Toby's Artisan Cider Maker    
YES Torc Microbrewery    
YES Treaty City Microbrewery Conradh  
YES Trouble Microbrewery    
YES  Two Sides Contract brand   Brewed at Third Barrel
YES Two Sisters Contract Brand Brigid's Ale Brewed at Trouble
YES UCC Pilot Microbrewery    
YES Urban Microbrewery   Co-owned by Carlow Brewing 
YES Walled City Microbrewery    
YES West Cork Microbrewery    
YES West Mayo Microbrewery    No longer in business.
YES Western Herd Microbrewery    
  Wexford 1798 Contract brand   Brewed in the Netherlands
YES Whiplash Contract brand   Brewed at various Irish breweries
YES White Gypsy Microbrewery    
YES White Hag Microbrewery    
YES Whitewater Microbrewery   25% owned by C&C
YES Wicklow Microbrewery    
YES Wicklow Wolf Microbrewery    
YES Wide Street Microbrewery    
YES Wood Key Contract brand   Brewed at Third Barrel
YES YellowBelly Microbrewery    


Elections and Membership. It’s you that makes the difference.

Members of Beoir are currently voting to elect a Chair for the coming membership year, 2014-15. While the roles of Treasurer and PRO are uncontested, these elections represent the spirit on which Beoir was founded: it’s the membership that makes things happen.

As a voluntary organisation that aims to promote choice for Ireland’s beer consumers, particularly from our native microbreweries, it is encouraging that members step forward to take on a leading role in Beoir, as a spokesperson and public face of the organisation. It can be quite often a thankless task, and certainly one that aims to put the common good of the Irish beer consumer , Beoir member or not, to the fore. And this is where the membership counts.
Beoir is an independent, consumers’ group about to enter its fifth year of existence. In order to succeed and make a difference, we need a strong membership. I’m glad to say that our current membership of 375 paid members shows a big increase over the last 12 months (78% up), but with over 2000 site members compared to 375 paid members, there’s clearly a gap between those merely interested in a vibrant beer culture in Ireland, and those willing to put their money where their mouth is, even if it is only a tenner a year.
This year, the two candidates for Chair of Beoir, Wayne Dunne and Reuben Gray (current chair), are putting themselves forward to help lead our group towards our goals. Goals defined by our membership, and not people in a back room. So, if you are a member, I urge you to not only cast vour vote, but to actively contribute in the Beoir members forum where policy and direction of Beoir is discussed and enacted. It’s not just about the membership benefits which have grown over the past year!
And if you’re not a member already, but use this website to inform yourself on what is happening in our native brewery and beer culture, or use the BeoirFinder app to guide yourself to places serving quality Irish beer, do please consider joining, adding your voice to the growth and direction of Beoir.
Best of luck to both candidates.

The BeoirFinder App

BeoirFinder is a free, handy geo-location tool for finding pubs, restaurants and breweries in Ireland that serve Craft Beer. There has been a major boom in Irish Craft Breweries in recent years; This App is vital for anyone who values choice when it comes to beer selection. Beoir is the Gaelic for beer and is also the name of an independent group of consumers in Ireland. Our primary goal is to support and raise awareness of Ireland's native Independent microbreweries.

The BeoirFinder App is available on both the Apple Appstore and Google Play (Android). It's perfect for finding where you can get beer from an independent Irish microbrewery and often what's available at that location too. Future editions of the app will allow adding and updating entries from within the app.

Watch out for the gold icons in the app. These are the highly recommended or must visit destinations as voted for by Beoir members.



By Reuben Gray

Meet Christina

I really have been into craft beer since I came of age to legally drink in America. My parents lived in Wisconsin which is home to some amazing craft breweries like New Galrus, a small brewery that makes some truly exceptional beers, including their famous Spotted Cow. When I was at University in West Virginia, we used to drive 45 minutes out of state to pick up quality craft beers that weren't available in the state yet. I've lived in six states in the US, most recently, in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. The craft beer scene in and around DC is massive. There are loads of events like the Northern Virginia Brewfest, as well as some great craft breweries, brew pubs and craft beer bars. Craft beer is a big movement in DC and you will, in my estimation, run into more people who like craft beer than not. It was because of this that a friend and I co-founded a craft beer group for women in 2009, which my friend still runs. 
I moved to Ireland in August of 2011 to pursue my postgraduate degrees and joined Beoir right away. 
Christina is the founder of the Dublin Ladies Craft Beer Society on
Chairman's note:
We have set up a new forum on Beoir forum called Beoir Ladies and Christina will be trying to round up women to join Beoir and get involved as well as existing women who tend not to be so active. Christina has already organised many beer events for women in the US and Ireland so I am confident in her abilities.

We bought a batch!

Reuben Gray of Beoir presents a cheque to Maudeine and Sam Black of Kinsale Craft Brewery

When Black's Kinsale Craft Brewery launched a crowd funding initiative on the Indiegogo platform it immediately captured the interest of Beoir members. Sam even adjusted the offer listing to allow those who just wanted to buy the exclusive beers he has planned.

But Beoir Chairman Reuben Gray noticed an opportunity for something bigger: at the bottom of the listings was the offer of a personalised batch of beer on the Kinsale pilot system: 200 bottles with a price tag of €1,000. Perhaps 20 of us could club together and commission a unique Beoir brew? It took just eight days to collect the necessary number of pledges, with some late joiners just missing the final places. Could we do it again?

A second round was opened and at this point Sam himself stepped in to sweeten the deal, offering a brew on his full-size brewkit and doubling the beer allocation for each pledger. This round took less than a week to fill up and on Sunday 8th September at the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival, Reuben presented Sam and Maudeline with a cheque for €2,000.

The beer is due to be brewed in early 2014 and the part of the batch not allocated to pledgers will be available to the public in a strictly limited edition (though the launch party has dibs on at least some of it). We're left with just one important question: what shall we brew?

The Black's Kinsale Craft Brewery Indiegogo campaign is 90% complete but there are still lots of great offers available to funders before the 15th September deadline. Take a look!


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