Beer Festival - Partner Breweries
Carlow Brewing Company, also known as O’Hara’s Brewery, is an independent, family-owned business established in 1996 and one of the pioneers of Irish craft brewing.
O'Hara's range of craft beers including traditional stouts, ales and wheat beers are now available in over 25 countries around the world. As a craft brewery our ethos has always remained the same, to brew high quality beers true to the tradition – with taste and flavour.
Eight Degrees Brewing – Naturally Adventurous
Eight Degrees is one of the leading craft breweries in Ireland. Based at the foot of the Galtee Mountains, we are blessed with crystal clear mountain river water to create our range of tasty ales and lagers. Owned by two antipodeans, Scott and Cam, lured to these fair shores by two Irish cailins, Eight Degrees Brewing is dedicated to providing the savvy Irish consumer with a variety of hand crafted, natural and delicious beers.
Why the name? Ireland is located at Eight Degrees West longitude which, as it happens is also the perfect serving temperature for our beers."
The White Hag
For centuries the west coast of Ireland had been a hotbed for beers and potions created from indigenous natural ingredients.
At the white hag we are fulfilling our ambition to create world-class beers from ancient & local recipes.
Hand harvested heather from the renowned Ben Bulben Mountain, peat from the depths of local hallowed bogs, and powerful Irish oatmeal all contribute to the distinction and strength of character that the white hag stands for. Ancient Irish mythology will tell you that The White Hag was a witch, a chameleon creature, and even Mother Nature herself. We know she was all that and more. A spiritual force, from and of the earth. The spirit of Ireland who shaped the land itself, present in everything through the pure water of the earth.
Based on the west coast of Ireland, in the stunning surrounds of the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway Hooker is one of the most successful and celebrated craft breweries in the country. renowned for producing award winning beers of the highest quality, the brewery’s ethos is to create natural, full flavoured and innovative beers. established in 2006, Galway Hooker created the original Irish Pale Ale, now the most popular style of craft beer in the country. only the finest ingredients including malt, pure hops, yeast and water are sourced to produce each batch of beer. All bottles are packaged using a brC grade A facility to ensure the highest levels of consistency and quality are always achieved.
Born of a desire to see more beer produced by independent brewers in Ireland, Metalman Brewing is the brain-child of a couple of beer enthusiasts who were frustrated by the lack of availability and choice of flavoursome, authentically Irish beer. Inspired by some of the other small Irish brewers, they eventually decided to try and help do something about it.
The first beer, Metalman Pale Ale, was brewed under contract at the White Gypsy Brewery in Templemore, and launched in March 2011 to a great reception. The Waterford brewery was commissioned at the Tycor Business Centre (eventually) and production was moved across in May 2012.
Since then, they’ve been busy turning out lots of pale ale and squeezing in a seasonal brew (or two) every few weeks. Tim finally gave in and jumped ship from the rat-race in April 2013 to don his wellies full-time.
Franciscan Well Brewery
Cork’s Franciscan Well Brewery and Brew Pub is one of Ireland’s longest established and best respected craft breweries. The “Well” has gained national fame for its popular beers along with international recognition for its numerous craft beer awards from across Europe along with their successful collaboration with Jameson Whiskey.
The Brewery has combined modern technology with age old tradition, brewing classic beer styles including lager, ale, stout, and wheat beer. Putting innovation at the forefront of the brewing process. Seasonal and special brews that pass the brewer’s standards are served up at the Brew Pub. The most popular ones are then sent further afield.
Franciscan Well is also opening a new facility in early 2016 on the other side of the River Lee. This is to meet the growing demand of Franciscan Well products, while allowing the brewers to maintain the creative micro-brewery to create new ideas and products – continuing to allow the patrons of the Brew Pub to give them their initial feedback and input to the creative process.
Western Herd Brewing Company
A few beers at home over Christmas provided the inspiration for Western Herd, a brother sister team who set about brewing beer the way nature intended. We aspire to brew beers that embody the charm and character of our idyllic hilltop farm on the west coast of Ireland. Western Herd launched with 4 beers brewed using fresh Clare spring water from the farm well underneath the converted hayshed that houses our brewery. Find us online at www.westernherd.com or through social media @westernherd and let us know what you think
Sam and Maudeline Black are a husband and wife team who started their brewing company Kinsale Craft Brewery in 2013. This venture/obsession first began many years ago when Maudeline gave Sam a beer making kit for Valentines Day. What started as a hobby quickly developed into an obsession and thus through Sam’s passion and enthusiasm Kinsale Craft Brewery became reality. Living the dream since 2013! We want to escape the mundane of the mass market by producing beers with passion, personality and lots of hops!
Black Donkey Brewing
Deep in the heart of rural Roscommon, in the village of Ballinlough, a brewery grows. Brewing without boundaries, Black Donkey Brewing, a concept that has come of age, has finally found a place to call home. Traditionally cautious animals, this Donkey is not one to shy away from turbid mashes, spontaneous fermentation, wood ageing, smoked malts, coolships, or anything else we can come up with, to bring you the best, and most diverse, beers we can make. Production began in mid 2014, bringing Irish, European, American and historical brewing influences together under one roof, and onto the rapidly growing and increasingly exciting Irish craft-brewing scene.