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The third annual Irish Craft Brewer Beer of the Year awards will be announced in April. In 2009, for the first time, we are opening the selection process to all members of ICB and every beer brewed and available on the island of Ireland is eligible for nomination. The beer crowned as supreme champion can truly be said to be the favourite of all those who really care about Irish beer.
Two runner-up awards will be given, as well as an overall prize for Beer of the Year.
Details of how to vote, and a preliminary list of beers, may be found below.
From Wednesday 13th March right through the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend there'll be an opportunity to sample a wide range of Irish craft beers at the Craft Beer Village on George's Dock in Dublin's IFSC.
It will be open daily from 12 noon, closing at 10pm on Wednesday and Thursday, 12.30am Friday to Sunday, and 6pm on Monday.
From 13th to 15th admission is free before 7pm and €5 after, then €5 all day 16th to 18th.
For full details and breaking beer news, visit the festival website.
The week beginning Sunday 1st September is Irish Craft Beer Week, culminating in the biggest annual celebration of Irish craft beer, the All-Ireland Beer and Cider Festival at the RDS from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th September.
Farrington's pub in Dublin's Temple Bar will be hosting a number of events in the early part of the week. On Monday at 6pm the National Homebrew Club will talk about brewing your own; on Tuesday at 6pm it's the turn of Ireland's only qualified beer sommelier Phil Tavey to share his knowledge; while on the Wednesday evening at 7pm the subject turns to whiskey and Irish craft distilling.
Best of all, pints of Irish craft beer are on sale for €4.50 for the duration of the week.
Come along and say hi!
The following is the official press release for the first Irish Craft Beer Week, culminating in the Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS Dublin from 7th - 9th September 2012.
Beoir representatives will be at the festival all weekend to talk beer and brewing with festival-goers.
Ireland launches its first ever Craft Beer Week, topped off by the Irish Craft Beer Festival
Today, 29th August, 2012, marks the opening of Ireland’s first ever Irish Craft Beer Week with the aim of introducing both Irish consumers and retailers to this flourishing local trade. At present, there are approximately 20 Irish Craft Breweries throughout the country, responsible for the employment of 90 people and accounting for approximately 1% of the market share.
There has been a new found surge in demand for craft beer in Ireland despite some of our craft breweries operating for over 15 years. Seamus O’Hara (owner of the Carlow Brewing Company and Co-Founder of the Irish Craft Beer Week and Festival) notes, “The Irish craft beer market has come on in leaps and bounds very quickly. We were export focussed in the early days because craft beer was so new to the Irish market. We are very encouraged by the surge in demand in Ireland in the past couple of years and we just need people to know what craft beer is, what it tastes like and what it entails.”
The Irish Craft Beer Week was officially opened this afternoon in the Bull and Castle Pub in Dublin. The launch welcomed top Irish journalists, media and food experts with a craft beer and food pairing experience hosted by Geoff Carty (manager of the Bull and Castle), along with Seamus O’Hara and Bruce Mansour (co-founders of Irish Craft Beer Week and Festival).
The first beer released is called Green Bullet, a 4% ABV pale ale packaged in 33cl bottles.
Pending wider distribution and the official launches in Cork, Dublin and Sligo (see our calendar for details), Green Bullet can be found in Cork City at Bradley's Off Licence on North Main Street, The Abbot's Alehouse on Devonshire Street, The Franciscan Well on North Mall and The Bierhaus, Pope's Quay, as well as Blair's Inn in Blarney, The Mills Inn in Macroom and Galvin's Carry Out off licences across County Cork.
A second beer, Hairy Goat IPA, is due to follow soon.