Irish Craft Beer Festival

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.

Calling all Graphic Designers, and Craft Beer Fans. We need your help.

Beoir is running a competition for an Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival exclusive tee shirt design. This will only be available for purchase at the event itself which runs from 4-7 September.

We are giving the winner of this competition some great prizes:
2 x Guest Passes to the event on a day of your choosing
4 x Drinks Tokens
2 x of the winning tee shirt
Membership of Beoir if not already a member.

Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.<

Further details below (click to enlarge):

Oh and we can't confirm or deny if it is the beernut we are trying to silence!

The Beoir Logo can be found in the following formats:

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Please note, the logo itself may not be altered other than the following: Colour (single) You don't need to use the strapline. You may also move the layout so the word "Beoir" appears below the beer glasses.

 

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EBCU 25th Anniversary reception

On Wednesday 21 October hundreds of beer drinkers from across Europe raised a glass in Brussels to celebrate of 25 years of EBCU (European Beer Consumers Union) campaigning success.

The celebration took place at De Markten, where members were able to sample beers hand delivered from across Europe, showing the great diversity of beer styles and traditions existing in different countries. Members of the European Parliament, European Commission and European Economic and Social Committee officials were in attendance.

Beoir was represented by Chairman Reuben Gray (pictured) and Irish brewing by Carlow Brewing Company, which kindly donated a range of its beers to the event.

The new EBCU executive was welcomed in on the night, which will include Carl Kins from Belgium, Bo Jensen from Denmark, Tim Webb from the UK, Jan Lichota from Poland and Henri Reuchlin from The Netherlands. The new executive will be focusing EBCU's campaigning efforts on promoting transparency in consumer information of beer and for a fair taxation system for beer across the European Union.

EBCU Chairman Henri Reuchlin says: "The 25th anniversary of the EBCU marks an important milestone in our history. We have more support than ever before from European countries, demonstrating the real demand for a pan-European voice for beer drinkers. We look forward to working closely with the European institutions and our member countries to support the beer industry across Europe."

With the independent beer industry facing an uncertain future during the covid-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever to support it. Irish licensing laws give breweries very little scope to sell directly to the public. 

Several are now offering delivery or collection from the brewery directly, and these have been compiled into a new website: DirectFromBrewery.com, the work of Craig Kearney, from an idea by Wayne Dunne. It lists the breweries doing direct sales, states the arrangements on offer and links to the online shop where there is one.

Social distancing is no reason to go thirsty!

European Election 2014

Update: The results are in!
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On 23rd May Ireland will go to the polls to elect 11 members of the European Parliament, to serve a five-year term representing the citizens of Midlands-North-West, South and Dublin. Decisions taken by the parliament over its next term will affect voters in a wide variety of ways across many parts of their daily lives. It is of paramount importance that we choose the candidates which best represent our beliefs and will fight our corner on the European stage.

Beoir wants to ensure that, as far as beer policy is concerned, voters are making the right choice in this election. To this end we have joined with our colleagues in the European Beer Consumers Union to survey election candidates across Europe, seeking their take on issues which affect all European beer drinkers and which fall into the remit of the European institutions.

How it works
Later this week, an e-mail will be sent to every European election candidate* inviting them to participate in our online survey.
The survey presents candidates with statements on issues such as:
- Beer's importance in history and society
- Responsible drinking
- The drinkers' right of choice
- The right to know what goes into our beer
- Taxation of beer
and asks their opinions on these matters.

Prior to the election, voters will be invited to visit the polling website and view the results, seeing what their candidates think on the issue of beer and drinkers' rights, or if they even care about it enough to offer any opinion. You'll even be able to take the survey yourself and be automatically matched to the local candidate whose views are most in agreement with your own.

Though this is just a bit of pre-election fun, the real business of fighting the beer drinkers' cause will continue after the election, by Beoir in Ireland, and by our EBCU representatives in Brussels.

You can download the EBCU 2014 manifesto here.

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*Every candidate we have an e-mail address for, that is. If you're a candidate, party official or election agent and didn't get an e-mail from the EBCU, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to participate in the survey.