Today marks ten years since Beoir was formally established, on 1st July 2010. It doesn’t seem like all that long ago but it’s safe to say that the world of Irish beer has changed immeasurably since then. Beoir’s objectives have similarly moved with the times.
Back then, “craft beer” was very much a minority interest, and Beoir sought to serve that minority with information on where independent beer could be found. A one-page national list of pubs that sold Irish craft beer became a Directory, and eventually the BeoirFinder app. An early stated aim of Beoir was to encourage independent beer and cider production by increasing consumer awareness and demand, to the point where every establishment could be relied on to have at least one craft option available. In urban Ireland, at least, this mission was largely accomplished by the beginning of 2020.
Beoir has become the newest member of the European Beer Consumers Union, Europe's umbrella group for organisations which promote beer culture and drinkers' rights. The unanimous decision was made by the delegates of the EBCU's existing member organisations at their most recent biannual meeting in Copenhagen on November 3rd 2012.
The EBCU was founded in 1990 and currently consists of thirteen national member organisations, representing 170,000 paying members. High-profile EBCU member groups include CAMRA in the UK and Zythos in Belgium. The umbrella group provides a platform for campaigning at the European level and its activities include an annual reception for MEPs and production of a manifesto on drinkers' rights in the lead up to the European elections. The 2009-2014 manifesto may be found here; an updated version for the 2014 elections is currently in production.
As a full EBCU member, Beoir now has access to a broad range of campaigning experience from across the continent. We are now able to participate in a shared approach to the problems which face the beer drinker today, not least of which is the ongoing neo-prohibitionist denormalisation of alcohol. And on a symbolic level it is right and fitting that Ireland -- one of Europe's highest per capita consumers of beer -- now takes its place among the organised and united beer drinkers in the rest of Europe.
The EBCU's press release on Beoir's accession is available here.
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.
Please let a member of the admin team know if this is not the case.
As you may have noticed, Beoir was down for a number of days. This was due to a problem with the old hosting server we were using. The server had become more unreliable over the past month or so. A new version of the site was being tested on a new host and we were due to migrate after some further testing.
When our host went down, we were forced to move to the new site sooner than expected.
The result is that we now have a more or less fully functional website.
The main problem is that the bridge between the main site and the forum is a newer untested one and seems to be causing problems.
We hope to have this resolved soon, please bear with us.
The Beoirfinder App is now available. This is a simple geo-location tool which is handy for finding venues that sell Irish Craft Beer. It is kept up to date by regularly syncing with the Beoir Directories here, making sure that as more pubs and restaurants start offering the choice of craft beer, they are displayed in the App.
If you are using an iOS device you can see more details on the iTunes App Store here:
Otherwise if you are an Android phone/tablet owner you can see more details on the Google Play app store here:
If you have any comments or suggestions please go to the Community forum and post them there.