Ireland’s network of over 30 Independent Craft Breweries launched their annual Indie Beer Week on Wednesday.
The Indie Beer Week will take place from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th May 2019 and feature a series of nationwide celebrations across Ireland.
The launch event was attended by some of the finest independent breweries of the country.
The evening was an opportunity for the microbreweries to allow guests sample and discover the very unique range of great tasting independent beers produced in Ireland.
Amongst the breweries that showcased their range of beers were 12Acres, Black Donkey, Black’s Brewery, Boyne Brewhouse, Bridewell, Carrig, Cotton Ball, Dead Centre, Dungarvan Brewing Company, Hope, Old Mill Brewery, Porterhouse, Priory Brewing, Reel Deel, St Mels, Trouble Brewing, and West Kerry.
Commenting on the launch, Paddy McDonald from 12 Acres Brewery said: “Today’s launch will kick start a series of celebrations to encourage visitors to discover our local independent brewery and to taste and explore particular beers very unique to their area.
“It is important for the association to raise awareness about microbreweries in Ireland that employ talented young professionals and produce quality and genuinely independent beers.
“We are proud of our members’ successes so far and their very loyal following across Ireland which continues to grow every year thanks to the Indie Beer Week.”
Paddy went on to say: “This year is very special as we are introducing to the public a striking symbol which will help consumers recognise a genuine independent artisan beer from a mass-produced, high volume beer produced by global giants.
“The Independent Irish Craft Beer symbol will guarantee that a beer is made in a genuinely independent microbrewery in Ireland.
“As our organisation has been growing in such large numbers, we are unveiling the symbol to the public to promote independent and genuine microbrewers.”
This year’s Indie Beer Week is a nationwide collaborative effort within the independent brewers’ community to celebrate genuine Irish brewing.
Local breweries will involve their local pubs, restaurants or off-licences for tastings, live music and local food to highlight their dynamic range of truly unique and genuine beers.
Some breweries will open to the public and welcome their community for tours and tastings.
This year is the third annual Indie Beer Week Festival which has grown dramatically in support from the network of Independent Craft Breweries across Ireland and the public seeking new genuine beers.