Subscriptions and renewals are now open for the membership year 2012-13.
Membership costs €10 and runs until 30 June 2013.
All funds go towards the running of Beoir and its campaigns, as decided by the members themselves.
To formally pledge your support to craft beer and cider in Ireland, sign up here.
John - TheBeerNut
The Beoirfinder App is now available. This is a simple geo-location tool which is handy for finding venues that sell Irish Craft Beer. It is kept up to date by regularly syncing with the Beoir Directories here, making sure that as more pubs and restaurants start offering the choice of craft beer, they are displayed in the App.
If you are using an iOS device you can see more details on the iTunes App Store here:
Otherwise if you are an Android phone/tablet owner you can see more details on the Google Play app store here:
If you have any comments or suggestions please go to the Community forum and post them there.
Voting has closed on the 2012 Beoir Beer of the Year Awards.
We are delighted to announce that Shandon Century Extra Stout from the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork City has been chosen as the Irish beer drinkers' favourite beer for this year.
Second place was awarded to Windjammer, an amber ale produced by Metalman Brewing of Waterford, and third place also went to Metalman for Metalman Pale Ale.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who took part in the voting.
In keeping with its remit to support native Irish microbreweries and defend drinkers' rights, Beoir has made a pre-Budget submission to the Department of Finance and Revenue Commissioners.
The document sets out a three-point plan for encouraging artisan brewing in Ireland and making it more accessible for customers:
- An allowance for producers to sell directly to the public at their premises without requiring an additional off-sales licence
- Permission for producers to sell directly at Local Authority-approved farmers' markets
- Reform of the bond required by Revenue of microbreweries
The full text of the submission is available for download here.
After a good four and a half minutes of soul searching, we made the momentous decision to revisit the Troublemaker competition for 2012. We've also made a few tweaks to the rules and regulations after feedback from the inaugural competition (winner Rossa O'Neill, pictured right). This time round a greater weight will be placed on the taste, rather than the practicalities of brewing the beer.
We'll also endeavour to provide feedback on each of the beers after the judging night, rather than just the final score, which was one of the main items that was requested as an improvement.
And since the resulting brew will be a once off we're looking to make a non-Reinheitsgebot beer, though this is by no means essential, so brewers are encouraged to brew a beer using ingredients other than water, barley and hops. (Though using yeast as that radical non-compliant element won't win any friends nor influence people!) Anyway just to restate the rules...