Indie Beer Week runs from June 23rd to July 2nd and the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland have come up with the campaign as a way to make some noise about the Irish craft beer scene.
“This is the beauty of the independent craft beer movement,” says current ICBI Chairman Kevin O’Hara, “It’s brought beer-making back into local communities. As a group, we wanted to create an event celebrating the links between the breweries and their communities.
“This is what Indie Beer Week is all about – the simple pleasure of enjoying a well-made local beer with your friends and neighbours.”
The calendar of events across the country planned for the week is diverse with brewery open days and tours, beer tastings and talks, music, charity fundraisers and scavenger hunts.
Amongst the aims of Indie Beer Week is the creation of awareness of individual breweries in their respective localities and the opportunity to highlight the tourism aspect of local breweries.
The 26 craft brewers will also work closely with other local food producers, craftspeople, musicians and artists to showcase the independent spirit of their region.
The craft beer market has got a lot tougher with larger breweries buying up some ‘small’ breweries to make the most of the craft beer movement at consumer level.
The initiative is co-funded by the participating breweries and the Local Enterprise Office. For a full calendar of events, please go to www.indiebeerweek.ie
List of Participating Breweries
12 Acres Brewing, Co Laois
Black Donkey Brewing, Co Roscommon
Blacks Brewery, Co Cork
Carlow Brewing, Co Carlow
Carrig Brewing, Co Leitrim
Dungarvan Brewing, Co Waterford
Eight Degrees Brewing, Co Cork
Galway Hooker Brewery, Co Galway
Independent Brewing, Co Galway
Jack Codys, Co Louth
Jack Smyth Brewing, Co Dublin
Killarney Brewing, Co Kerry
Kinnegar Brewing, Co Donegal
Lough Gill Brewery, Co Sligo
Metalman Brewing, Co Waterford
O’Brother Brewing, Co Wicklow
Porterhouse Brewing, Co Dublin
Rascals Brewing, Co Dublin
Reel Deel Brewery, Co Mayo
Rising Sons, Co Cork
St Mels Brewing, Co Longford
The White Hag, Co Sligo
Trouble Brewing, Co Kildare
West Kerry Brewery, Co Kerry
White Gypsy Brewing, Co Tipperary
Wicklow Wolf Brewing, Co Wicklow
The ‘localisation’ of craft beer is now a major trend in the US and this is something ICBI really wants to drive home here in Ireland as well.