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.

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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...

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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A summary of some of the beer festivals coming up in late summer 2013.

Burren Brewery Craft Beer Festival, Lisdoonvarna, 2-4 August
Based at the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna, three days of live music, food from the Burren smokehouse and beer from the onsite Burren Brewery.
 
Annascaul Beerfest, Annascaul, 2-5 August
A charity event among the pubs in Annascaul Co. Kerry over the Bank Holiday weekend. A variety of Irish and international beers will be on offer and proceeds this year go to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.
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Doolin Craft Beer Festival, Doolin, 23-25 August
Now in its second year, the Doolin Craft Beer Festival takes place at Hotel Doolin. Once more the beer will be matched with local food and traditional music.
 
Hilden Beer and Music Festival, Hilden, 23-25 August
A fixture in the Irish beer calendar for many years, once again the Hilden Brewery near Lisburn will host a festival on the last weekend in August. 35 beers and ciders from all over Ireland and Britain will be on offer plus rock music on the main stage and trad in an adjacent tent.
 
Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival, Dublin 5-8 September
The largest showcase of Irish craft beer and cider, making its third return to the RDS for an extended run. Irish beers and ciders from all over the country will feature, as well as international guests and Irish whiskey.