Big Grill Festival Festival 2014

The first Big Grill Festival is coming to Herbert Park, Dublin this weekend, 15-17 August. Proper barbecue food has become incredibly popular of late and this is a chance to try the best Dublin has to offer all in one place.

A variety of Irish brewers will have beers available at the event, including Eight Degrees, Rascal's, Trouble Brewing and The Porterhouse, as well as international offerings from greats such as Oskar Blues, Odell, Thornbridge, BrewDog and Sierra Nevada.

Beoir members will be on hand through the weekend to help you choose the best beers to match with your food.

Full details and tickets are available via BigGrillFestival.com. Discount entry is available to all Beoir members, see the members' forum for details.

Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2013Ireland's biggest festival of craft beer returns to the RDS for a third year, expanding to a four-day event, beginning on Thursday 5th September and running through to Sunday 8th. The expansion of Ireland's beer scene is reflected in the line-up, with 22 Irish craft beer companies represented and over 100 beers available for tasting, including a large number of new and special editions. Expect new lagers from Whitewater and Trouble Brewing, the first barley wine from Carlow Brewing and a limited edition Amber Ale from Eight Degrees. Moonbeam from Metalman Brewing will be making its triumphant return for the autumn season and Galway Hooker will be debuting a coffee porter.

The festival will mark the first public appearance of Brú Brewery from Co. Meath. Other newcomers include Kinnegar, Donegal Brewing, Black's of Kinsale, Five Lamps, Galway Bay, JW Sweetman and Mountain Man. There will also be five artisan cider makers, two independent whiskey companies and a select range of imported beers. Accompaniment to the drinks will be provided by seven different food stalls and a sequence of live musical acts. Both the Ireland v. Sweden game on Friday and the hurling final on Sunday will be shown live.

There is no better opportunity in Dublin to meet Ireland's craft brewers and try Irish beers that can't be bought anywhere else. For complete information, see the festival website.

Beoir members get €5 off admission on production of a valid membership card.

Brewery Corner, Kilkenny

It's not a brewery and it's not on a corner, but Kilkenny's leading craft beer pub can now boast national recognition having been awarded the 2013 Craft Beer Pub of the Year by Licensing World Magazine.

Even though the pub has only been in business for less than six months, the award will come as no surprise to anyone who has visited: perhaps uniquely among Irish pubs, every beer on tap comes from an Irish microbrewery and the selection is wide-ranging. Although the premises is owned by the Carlow Brewing Company it is heartening to see such support being given to the smaller producers.

The pub itself is clean and modern with some nice traditional touches including open fires. The staff are well trained, extremely helpful and show a genuine enthusiasm for craft beer.

Congratulations from Beoir to all who have made Brewery Corner such a success in a short space of time.

Brewery Corner: 29 Parliament Street, Kilkenny.

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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.

Keep an eye out for the latest issue of Business & Finance magazine which will feature the Irish Craft Brewing industry. The issue hits the shelves on April 20th and will also be on their website  www.businessandfinance.ie

More details to follow...