Beoir Cider Competition
The first Beoir Cider Competition has been scehduled to take place at The Wine Rack, Stewartstown on Saturday the 22nd of April 2017.
The competition is open to to all commercial cider or perry producers on the island of Ireland. Entries are €40 per cider, with a maximum of 5 entries per producer. This is due to time and available judges and will hopefully encourage entrants to think about which ciders should be entered. We are also judging amateur "homebrewed" ciders alongside the professional entries. These may be entered at a reduced rate of 6EUR per cider with a maximum of 3 entries per person. A discount code is available in this case, please contact the competition organiser.
Currently there are 40 independent Irish craft brewery's across the island that brew vegan/vegetarian friendly beer. With a massive range of beers and styles there is certainly something for everyone.
This list will be added to over the coming days.
1. St.Mel's Brewing Company
2. DungarvanBrewing Company
3. Western Herd
4. Simon Lambert & Sons
5. RyeRiver (McGargles, Grafters, Solas, Crafty)
6. Brother Brewing
7. Galway Bay Brewery*
9. Wild Bat
10. Black Donkey
12. Independent Brewing Company
13. Wood Key Brewing
14. 8 Degrees Brewing
15. kelly's Mountain Brew
16. Galway Hooker Brewery
17. 9 White Deer Brewery*
18. Mountain Man Brewing
19. Radikale ale
20. Drew Fox
21. Mescan Brewery
22. Barrelhead Brewery
23. JW Sweetman
24. Boundary Brewing
25. Otter Bank Brewing
26. Blacks Brewery *
28. Treaty City Brewing
29. Rising Sons Brewery
30. Walled City Brewery
32. Ards Brewing
33. West Mayo Brewery
34. Four Provinces
35. Elbow Lane
36. Donegal Brewing Company
37. White Gypsy
38. Munster Brewery
39. Torc Brewing.
40. Manor Brewing
*Exception GBB: Buried at Sea, contains lactose.
*Exception 9 white Deer: Cask ale
*Exception Blacks: Some old bottles
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."
The Bull & Castle in Dublin is running a two-month long autumn festival for all of September and October. A range of special and seasonal beers will be available on rotation during the event including, appropriately enough, Eight Degrees Ochtoberfest Bock, one of the stars of the 2015 Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS. There will also be a new beer from local outfit Five Lamps, a Dark IPA of 6.9% ABV.
And there'll be a selection of infused spirits, cocktails and something called an Orange & Nutmeg Bourbon Hot Chocolate. BUT the real action is at the handpump. On the cask roster is:
- Rascal's Wunderbar German IPA (6% ABV)
- Rascal's Big Hop Red (5% ABV)
- Dungarvan Seaweed Saison (6.5% ABV)
The latter of these, a collaboration brew with Norwegian craft beer pioneers Nøgne Ø, went down a storm at the RDS and has been in very short supply around the country. A cask in Dublin is a coup; €4.50 a pint makes it unmissable.