welcome!The Irish Craft Beer Festival returns to RDS, Dublin from 7-9th September 2012. A celebration of Irish craft brewing, live music and fabulous Irish artisan food stalls.
Featuring over 20 Irish craft breweries, craft cider producers and two International guest breweries the festival is expected to attract over 5,000 attendees throughout the weekend. This year, the team is looking forward to showcasing niche brands, new products, as well as providing craft-beer lovers with a unique insight to the Irish craft brewing scene and the opportunity to meet the brewers and taste over 70 different beers and ciders.
For the first time, the festival will launch with a one-of-a-kind beer and food pairing evening on the 6th September, offering guests the opportunity to learn more about the different attributes and traits of Irish Craft Beers as well as providing a deeper understanding on which foods compliment different types of craft beers.
Friday September 7th - 4.30pm till .30am
Saturday, September 8th – noon till .30am
Sunday, September 9th – noon till 10pm
Tickets available at the door for €10, but buy in advance to avoid disappointment. €10 includes: free souvenier glass, live music, and a great selection of Artisan food is available to purchase. Pints are €5, glasses €2.5. Group rates for 20 or more.
Tickets for the festival start at €10 per day and can be purchased from Ticketmaster as well as participating outlets.
With craft beer increasing in popularity and becoming more widely available in the Irish off-licence and pub markets, the craft breweries have decided to “mix things up” a bit at this year’s Irish Craft Beer Festival. Brewers have been brewing up a storm of new and exciting tipples. From cask ales to seasonal beers, guests at the festival are in for a treat and a genuine taste sensation!
- Franciscan Well Brewery will showcase a limited edition alpha dwag ipa on cask, a double hopped rebel red (which will only be available at the festival) and will feature their “coming soon” product, Ireland’s first Irish whiskey barrel aged stout.
- Metalman have done something different in their casks… It's all about the casks! What do you suppose they have put in them? Come along and find out.
- Whitewater will complement their usual range of kegs with McHughs 300, a special trial brew using malt from Northern Ireland which will be in cask version. This is a special commission for Botanic Inns to celebrate McHughs Bar 300th birthday.
- Dungarvan’s head brewer, Cormac O’Dwyer, has put together a selection of small specials which will include Rye-PA (which was debuted at the Brewer’s on the Bay festival in Galway this year), dry hopped versions of our Helvick Gold and Copper Coast, plus a few other surprises which will be announced as they are tapped at the RDS.
- Eight Degrees will launch their Ocht-oberfest beer, a Märzen-style lager ABV 6.4%. Chat to Cam and Scott to understand why this lager has been brewed eight degrees west of Greenwich on the eighth month of the year - and served at precisely eight degrees Celsius.
- Breweyed brewery will be launching a new company brand and a new beer at the RDS festival. Their new company name is 'Bo Bristle' and the new beer is 'Bo Bristle IPA' 5% abv.
- Hilden will be bringing down its Twisted Hop Pale Ale in draught for the first time to see what the RDS crowd make of it. It will also have “Barney’s Brew” available in “Cask” - unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Originally brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Barney Hughes, famous Belfast baker and Philanthropist. Brewed with the addition of Cardamom Coriander and Black Pepper and lots of Wheat for a unique taste!
- O’Hara’s will be launching a number of new products at the festival including: Oak Aged Leann Folláin (6.8% abv), O’Hara’s Winter Star (4.3% abv) and O’Hara’s Natural Blonde (4.3%abv)