Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland and their Dublin members, Hope Beer (Kilbarrack), Jack Smyth (Temple Bar), Porterhouse Brewing (Dublin 2), Priory Brewing (Tallaght) and Rascals Brewing (Inchicore) are hosting the annual ‘Indie Beer Week’, which will start on 22nd May, celebrating the best of local, independent craft beer. This is the third year and they will are also launching their new symbol, which will certify that a beer is a genuine independent craft beer as opposed to mass-produced fakes.
The centrepiece of this year’s celebration will be the launch of the symbol to distinguish genuinely independent craft beers from mass-produced global beer brands available in the hugely competitive marketplace today. The Independent Craft Brewers, which is made up of over 30 microbreweries, will host a weeklong series of nationwide celebrations including the independent breweries of Dublin.
Commenting on the launch, the Chairperson of the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI), Peter Mosley, said: “This year, we are introducing to people in Dublin a striking symbol which will help consumers recognise a genuine independent artisan beer from a mass-produced, high volume, fake craft beers 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, with now 33 independent craft brewers as members, we are unveiling the symbol to the public to promote independent and genuine microbrewers.” Peter added: “Indie Beer Week is also the start of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the brilliant breweries in every corner of Ireland who employ talented young professionals with a massive emphasis on producing quality and independent beers. Our weeklong celebrations will encourage people in Dublin to discover their local independent breweries and to taste and explore particular beers unique to Dublin.”
This year’s Indie Beer Week will feature a weeklong nationwide celebration of truly independent Irish brewing. Hope Beer, Jack Smyth, Porterhouse Brewing, Priory Brewing and Rascals Brewing 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.
Pictured: Priory Directors Bernard Bennett (left) and John Kearns (middle) – employee Greg Dunne (right)