WHAT? The All-Ireland Craft Beerfest, featuring 50 beers and ciders and a few whiskeys too, with various Irish farmhouse cheeses to taste and pair
WHEN? Saturday 24 (noon-midnight) & Sunday 25 (noon–10pm) September
WHERE? RDS, Dublin 4 (Industries Hall)
WHY? We Irish have always been known for our brewing (and distilling) but we’ve been slower to join the movement towards craft beers and microbreweries than our UK neighbours or our US cousins. That’s been changing, and there are now enough craft brewhouses to warrant a full weekend’s festivities. Some of the exhibitors will probably be fairly familiar, such as O’Haras, Porterhouse, Galway Hooker. Then there’s some who have been getting some recent attention, the likes of Metalman, Dungarvan Brewing Company, and Trouble Brewing. But there are other names that are new to me at least: Brew-eyed Brewery and West Kerry Brewery. You’ll have a chance to taste them all, and talk to their producers. There’ll be food onsite from the likes of Gourmet Burger Kitchen, and lots of entertainment promised: music, comedy and magicians.
HOW MUCH? €10 per day (tickets on the door), which will get you a souvenir glass filled with half a pint of free beer. After that, you and your glass are on your own: so stock up on ‘Beer Bucks’, each of which is worth €2.50, and gets you another half pint each.