It’s bigger, it’s better and it’s back!
Watch out Dublin, this St Patrick’s Day Weekend the Irish Craft Beer Village (formerly known as the Irish Craft Beer Festival) will re-stake its claim on George’s Dock in the IFSC. The Village will run for six days this year, opening its doors on the 13th and running until the 18th March. As a celebration of all things Irish, the event will bring attendees a fine balance of Irish craft beers and ciders, artisan food and local entertainment.
Craft beer production and innovation in Ireland is on the rise, whilst we witness new breweries/brewers cropping up on a continuous basis we are also seeing some of the more established craft breweries, such as Franciscan Well, being bought by the drinks industry giants, Molson Coors. It is a vibrant and energetic industry at the moment in Ireland and the Irish Craft Beer Village is not only a celebration of the products within the craft beer arena, but also a huge celebration of the exciting activity within two of Ireland’s thriving sectors, food and beverage.
Bruce Mansour, co-founder of the Irish Craft Beer Village and the Halifax Beer Festival, commented: “We are just buzzing in the run up to our St. Patrick’s Weekend Festival this year. In our September event in the RDS, attendance figures doubled on the previous year and we hope to see a similar uplift in March. The whole area of Irish craft beer is exciting and new for most attendees, for myself and Seamus O’Hara, we have been involved in the industry for years and can safely say, the excitement doesn’t wear off!”
Seamus, co-founder of the Village and owner of Carlow Brewing Company, said: “From a brewery’s perspective, this festival is one of the highlights of the year. It is the perfect weekend to celebrate being Irish and producing Irish products. We can safely say we will have the longest Irish craft beer bar in the country that weekend. Ten Irish Craft breweries and two Irish cider makers will pool their stock for six days – a perfect microcosm of what the Irish craft beer industry really is all about.”
The Village opens at 12pm on Wednesday, runs daily from until 10.00pm (until midnight on Friday and Saturday). Free admission from 12pm – 7pm Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th. Admission is €5 at the door after 7pm, and all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday. For further details check out www.irishfest.ie