The management at the Bull and Castle have kindly offered to let ICB members to bring their own beers in to the Beer Hall for a tasting evening on Thursday the 19th of July. This is only the second time ICB members will have the oppertunity to get together to try each others beers, and being in the Beer Hall we will also be able to compare to commercial examples of the chosen styles for the evening; American IPAs and Wheat Beers.

To register your interest in attending, and to let us know what, if any, beers you are bringing, please see the thread in the Events forum. If you don't have beers of the chosen styles, or are a non-brewing member, don't worry! Pop along to have a taste and meet other members of the community.

We intend starting around 7pm. Looking forward to an evening of fine beer and chat.

See you there!

 Barry

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The second annual Indie Beer Week begins on Friday 22nd June and runs through to the following weekend. This is an initiative by the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland and is made up of a series of events all across the country. 28 independent Irish microbreweries are involved, from Kinnegar to Black's of Kinsale and Bridewell to O Brother.

Irish Craft Beer Village

From Wednesday 13th March right through the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend there'll be an opportunity to sample a wide range of Irish craft beers at the Craft Beer Village on George's Dock in Dublin's IFSC.

It will be open daily from 12 noon, closing at 10pm on Wednesday and Thursday, 12.30am Friday to Sunday, and 6pm on Monday.

From 13th to 15th admission is free before 7pm and €5 after, then €5 all day 16th to 18th.

For full details and breaking beer news, visit the festival website.

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The polls have now closed! Thanks to everyone who voted, and stand by for the results!

The third annual Irish Craft Brewer Beer of the Year awards will be announced in April. In 2009, for the first time, we are opening the selection process to all members of ICB and every beer brewed and available on the island of Ireland is eligible for nomination. The beer crowned as supreme champion can truly be said to be the favourite of all those who really care about Irish beer.

Two runner-up awards will be given, as well as an overall prize for Beer of the Year.

Details of how to vote, and a preliminary list of beers, may be found below.

Irish Craft Beer Fest The following is the official press release for the first Irish Craft Beer Week, culminating in the Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS Dublin from 7th - 9th September 2012.

Beoir representatives will be at the festival all weekend to talk beer and brewing with festival-goers.

Ireland launches its first ever Craft Beer Week, topped off by the Irish Craft Beer Festival

Today, 29th August, 2012, marks the opening of Ireland’s first ever Irish Craft Beer Week with the aim of introducing both Irish consumers and retailers to this flourishing local trade. At present, there are approximately 20 Irish Craft Breweries throughout the country, responsible for the employment of 90 people and accounting for approximately 1% of the market share.

There has been a new found surge in demand for craft beer in Ireland despite some of our craft breweries operating for over 15 years. Seamus O’Hara (owner of the Carlow Brewing Company and Co-Founder of the Irish Craft Beer Week and Festival) notes, “The Irish craft beer market has come on in leaps and bounds very quickly. We were export focussed in the early days because craft beer was so new to the Irish market. We are very encouraged by the surge in demand in Ireland in the past couple of years and we just need people to know what craft beer is, what it tastes like and what it entails.”

The Irish Craft Beer Week was officially opened this afternoon in the Bull and Castle Pub in Dublin. The launch welcomed top Irish journalists, media and food experts with a craft beer and food pairing experience hosted by Geoff Carty (manager of the Bull and Castle), along with Seamus O’Hara and Bruce Mansour (co-founders of Irish Craft Beer Week and Festival).