Indie Beer Week – Celebrating Local Breweries
Running until July 2nd, breweries across Ireland will be opening their doors and inviting their local communities to join them for Indie Beer Week, a celebration of independent Irish beer making.
Fancy a cold one after a calorie-burning session of stand-up paddle boarding? The brewers at Lough Gill in Sligo have you covered. Or are you more the sedentary type who enjoys the sublime combination of beer and BBQ? Then a visit to Killarney Brewing – where they’ll be serving their beer with spit-roasted pig – might be just the thing.
Up at Kinnegar Brewing in Donegal people will be able to bottle their own beer and soft drinks, while the brewers at Carrig in Leitrim will be giving a hands-on brewing demonstration. Meanwhile, down in Cork, the team at Eight Degrees will be pairing beer tastings with funky music, good local food and a public unveiling of their new brewery.
Be it in Waterford, Dublin, Galway, Longford, Kildare, Louth, or Tipperary … nearly every county and community in Ireland now has an independent brewery in its midst. Indie Beer Week is an opportunity for people to discover the great beer being made all around them.
The calendar of events planned for the week is as diverse as the breweries participating. There will be brewery open days and tours, beer tastings and talks, fundraisers for charity, and plenty of fun and games.
The people at Metalman in Waterford are planning a scavenger hunt in the city. In Galway, Independent Brewing and Galway Hooker will be working together on a joint brewery tour experience where visitors do two brewery tours in one day. Dungarvan Brewing are teaming up with Merry’s Gastropub to host a four course beer and food tasting menu. In Carlow, you can help O’Hara’s celebrate their 21st in style with live music and DJs at the brewery. Or you can stop in at Tig Bhric in West Kerry where Beoir Corcha Dhuibhne will have an afternoon of music, food and prizes.
Indie Beer Week runs until July 2nd 2017. The initiative is cofunded by the participating breweries and the Local Enterprise Office. For a full calendar of events, please go to www.indiebeerweek.ie
List of Participating Breweries
12 Acres Brewing, Co Laois
Black Donkey Brewing, Co Roscommon
Blacks Brewery, Co Cork
Carlow Brewing, Co Carlow
Carrig Brewing, Co Leitrim
Dungarvan Brewing, Co Waterford
Eight Degrees Brewing, Co Cork
Galway Hooker Brewery, Co Galway
Independent Brewing, Co Galway
Jack Codys, Co Louth
Jack Smyth Brewing, Co Dublin
Killarney Brewing, Co Kerry
Kinnegar Brewing, Co Donegal
Lough Gill Brewery, Co Sligo
Metalman Brewing, Co Waterford
O’Brother Brewing, Co Wicklow
Porterhouse Brewing, Co Dublin
Rascals Brewing, Co Dublin
Reel Deel Brewery, Co Mayo
Rising Sons, Co Cork
St Mels Brewing, Co Longford
The White Hag, Co Sligo
Trouble Brewing, Co Kildare
West Kerry Brewery, Co Kerry
White Gypsy Brewing, Co Tipperary
Wicklow Wolf Brewing, Co Wicklow