What is Beoir?

Beoir is an independent group of consumers with a primary goal of supporting and raising awareness of Ireland's native independent microbreweries. There are some fantastic benefits for members. Find out more about Beoir or learn how to join:
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Today marks ten years since Beoir was formally established, on 1st July 2010. It doesn’t seem like all that long ago but it’s safe to say that the world of Irish beer has changed immeasurably since then. Beoir’s objectives have similarly moved with the times.

Back then, “craft beer” was very much a minority interest, and Beoir sought to serve that minority with information on where independent beer could be found. A one-page national list of pubs that sold Irish craft beer became a Directory, and eventually the BeoirFinder app. An early stated aim of Beoir was to encourage independent beer and cider production by increasing consumer awareness and demand, to the point where every establishment could be relied on to have at least one craft option available. In urban Ireland, at least, this mission was largely accomplished by the beginning of 2020.

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!

The opening weeks of the new decade saw Beoir once again taking the pulse of the Irish beer scene, assessing it via the eyes and palates of its members. This is the ninth annual awards, in which the drinkers en masse choose their favourite Irish beers from the previous calendar year. Any beer brewed on the island of Ireland and available commercially was eligible, and the top three were selected. Additionally, the brewery which scored the most points in total received a separate award.

With voting completed, the winners for 2020 were as follows:

"Should one of the state's leading cultural institutions be shilling for a drinks company?"A storm is brewing over Imma tweet Should one of the state’s leading cultural institutions be shilling for a drinks company? Last week the Twitter account of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) gave a shout-out to a brewer in Dublin 8. “We were delighted to visit Rascals for a premium guided tour with beer tasting,” simpered Imma. “The place was incredible, their craft beer really good, we had so much fun.” And it added ominously: “We’ll be back soon.”  Spoilsport Atticus asked if this tweet was appropriate, with the government busy passing laws restricting the promotion of alcohol. We got no response from Imma’s social media person, but the tweet promptly disappeared.

So opened a section of the Atticus column in The Sunday Times of 15th December 2019. It had been prompted by a tweet from the Irish Museum of Modern Art, celebrating a co-operative venture among companies and organisations in Dublin 8. IMMA staff were expressing their delight at visiting the nearby taproom of Rascals Brewery. "We had so much fun", they said, according to Atticus.

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