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...

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:

Full Logo (PNG)

Full Logo (PDF)

Full Logo ( EPS)

Logo No Strapline (EPS)

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.

 

The Use of the above image files are for the sole purpose of this competition. Any other use, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request usage rights.

Irish Craft Beer Festival

A summary of some of the beer festivals coming up in late summer 2013.

Burren Brewery Craft Beer Festival, Lisdoonvarna, 2-4 August
Based at the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna, three days of live music, food from the Burren smokehouse and beer from the onsite Burren Brewery.
 
Annascaul Beerfest, Annascaul, 2-5 August
A charity event among the pubs in Annascaul Co. Kerry over the Bank Holiday weekend. A variety of Irish and international beers will be on offer and proceeds this year go to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.
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Doolin Craft Beer Festival, Doolin, 23-25 August
Now in its second year, the Doolin Craft Beer Festival takes place at Hotel Doolin. Once more the beer will be matched with local food and traditional music.
 
Hilden Beer and Music Festival, Hilden, 23-25 August
A fixture in the Irish beer calendar for many years, once again the Hilden Brewery near Lisburn will host a festival on the last weekend in August. 35 beers and ciders from all over Ireland and Britain will be on offer plus rock music on the main stage and trad in an adjacent tent.
 
Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival, Dublin 5-8 September
The largest showcase of Irish craft beer and cider, making its third return to the RDS for an extended run. Irish beers and ciders from all over the country will feature, as well as international guests and Irish whiskey.

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!