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).
The week beginning Sunday 1st September is Irish Craft Beer Week, culminating in the biggest annual celebration of Irish craft beer, the All-Ireland Beer and Cider Festival at the RDS from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th September.
Farrington's pub in Dublin's Temple Bar will be hosting a number of events in the early part of the week. On Monday at 6pm the National Homebrew Club will talk about brewing your own; on Tuesday at 6pm it's the turn of Ireland's only qualified beer sommelier Phil Tavey to share his knowledge; while on the Wednesday evening at 7pm the subject turns to whiskey and Irish craft distilling.
Best of all, pints of Irish craft beer are on sale for €4.50 for the duration of the week.
Come along and say hi!
The Irish laws governing taxation on beer, including where the various tax breaks are applied and to what, are largely controlled by European law. Specifically, Directive 92/83/EEC allows member states to grant up to 50% excise duty relief on brewers producing up to 200kHL of beer annually, and allows for extra-low rates of excise duty on beer below 2.8% ABV.
The first beer released is called Green Bullet, a 4% ABV pale ale packaged in 33cl bottles.
Pending wider distribution and the official launches in Cork, Dublin and Sligo (see our calendar for details), Green Bullet can be found in Cork City at Bradley's Off Licence on North Main Street, The Abbot's Alehouse on Devonshire Street, The Franciscan Well on North Mall and The Bierhaus, Pope's Quay, as well as Blair's Inn in Blarney, The Mills Inn in Macroom and Galvin's Carry Out off licences across County Cork.
A second beer, Hairy Goat IPA, is due to follow soon.
Kildare-based microbrewery Trouble Brewing have just launched the third beer in their regular line-up: Sabotage IPA. This is a 5.5% ABV India Pale Ale which makes extensive use of Galaxy hops, a variety prized for its tropical fruit flavours.
Trouble was founded in 2009, originally in Allenwood, Co. Kildare. 2013 will see the brewery move to a bigger premises closer to Dublin, in the village of Kill.
The new beer joins Ór golden ale and Dark Arts porter in the Trouble line-up and will initially be available in keg and cask formats, with a bottled version to follow later in the year.