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Troublemaker 2 - This Time It's Beoir...

Rossa and Galaxy Pale AleAfter a good four and a half minutes of soul searching, we made the momentous decision to revisit the Troublemaker competition for 2012. We've also made a few tweaks to the rules and regulations after feedback from the inaugural competition (winner Rossa O'Neill, pictured right). This time round a greater weight will be placed on the taste, rather than the practicalities of brewing the beer.

We'll also endeavour to provide feedback on each of the beers after the judging night, rather than just the final score, which was one of the main items that was requested as an improvement.

And since the resulting brew will be a once off we're looking to make a non-Reinheitsgebot beer, though this is by no means essential, so brewers are encouraged to brew a beer using ingredients other than water, barley and hops. (Though using yeast as that radical non-compliant element won't win any friends nor influence people!) Anyway just to restate the rules...

 

Trouble Maker - Brewing Competition

Trouble PouringFor those who weren’t at the ICB brewery tour at Trouble HQ recently, we announced a tentative plan to hold a brewing competition. The competition will select a home-brewed beer to be scaled up to a commercial batch size in our Allenwood brewery and be sold at the Franciscan Well Easterfest in 2011.

Here’s the T&C’s:

 

 

Beoir: A beer consumers' group for Ireland

Irish Craft BeerIrish Craft Brewer is pleased to announce the establishment of Beoir, a consumers' lobby for beer drinkers on the island of Ireland, and for all who seek to improve the variety and quality of beer available here. The new group will concentrate on the promotion of beer and cider from Ireland's micro-producers, as well as encouraging quality imports, and continuning Irish Craft Brewer's work in providing a forum -- both in real-life and online -- for the country's amateur craft brewers.

It will take time to build our momentum into something more than the ad hoc group we currently have, but the aim is very much to become an organisation as active in publishing, managing events and being visible in the media as CAMRA in the UK, or the many beer consumers' unions active on the continent and beyond.

At the moment there is a draft Constitution available for members to debate, and the intention is to ratify it on 1st July, when Beoir will officially come into being.

If you'd like to be part of this next stage of the revolution in Irish beer, annual membership costs €10 and more information on the group and how to join may be found here.

Brew It Yourself Exhibition, Cork

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Come and meet the Irish Craft Brewer team, this Saturday, for one day only, at The Franciscan Well in Cork.

All your homebrew questions answered, free tastings, and equipment and ingredients for sale, courtesy of The Homebrew Company.

Whether you're interested in starting your own home brewery, or want to improve on past results, this is place to be.

Admission free. 18 yrs+ only.

Ireland's best beer: YOU decide!

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The polls have now closed! Thanks to everyone who voted, and stand by for the results!

The third annual Irish Craft Brewer Beer of the Year awards will be announced in April. In 2009, for the first time, we are opening the selection process to all members of ICB and every beer brewed and available on the island of Ireland is eligible for nomination. The beer crowned as supreme champion can truly be said to be the favourite of all those who really care about Irish beer.

Two runner-up awards will be given, as well as an overall prize for Beer of the Year.

Details of how to vote, and a preliminary list of beers, may be found below.

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