Last month, the business media reported that two of Ireland's larger and more established craft breweries had merged. One partner, BRÚ Brewery, was already the product of a previous merger, when last year the owners of Carrig Brewing in Leitrim acquired BRÚ, adopted its brand and moved beer production to BRÚ's facility in Meath. The deal also brought the five Dublin venues owned by BRÚ and Carrig under one umbrella. To this has been added the current eleven pubs run by Galway Bay. That includes The Oslo in Galway where the brewery began in 2009, though it now runs a full-sized production brewery in Oranmore. Brewery mergers and takeovers are usually not good news for beer consumers, coming as they do with the baggage of closed sites, retired brands and loss of choice. Shortly after the news broke, I caught up with Jason O'Carroll and Andy Byrne of Galway Bay in the group's newest opening, The Beer Temple in Dublin, and a week later had a quick chat with James Dunne of BRÚ, to find out what will happen to the brands, the pubs and most importantly the beer under the new arrangements.
Keep an eye out for the latest issue of Business & Finance magazine which will feature the Irish Craft Brewing industry. The issue hits the shelves on April 20th and will also be on their website www.businessandfinance.ie
More details to follow...
A summary of some of the beer festivals coming up in late summer 2013.
Our late friend Andrew Moore made a point of contacting Irish breweries each year for a list of their seasonal Christmas beers. The tradition has been continued in his absence. See below for a list of what Ireland's small and independent breweries are releasing for Christmas 2022.
Calling all Graphic Designers, and Craft Beer Fans. We need your help.
Beoir is running a competition for an Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival exclusive tee shirt design. This will only be available for purchase at the event itself which runs from 4-7 September.
We are giving the winner of this competition some great prizes:
2 x Guest Passes to the event on a day of your choosing
4 x Drinks Tokens
2 x of the winning tee shirt
Membership of Beoir if not already a member.
Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.
Further details below (click to enlarge):
Oh and we can't confirm or deny if it is the beernut we are trying to silence!
The Beoir Logo can be found in the following formats:
Please note, the logo itself may not be altered other than the following: Colour (single) You don't need to use the strapline. You may also move the layout so the word "Beoir" appears below the beer glasses.