This past weekend saw the 3rd Annual Alltech Brews and Food Fair in the magnificent Dublin Convention Centre. Brought together by Alltech this is a truly international event.
This year was no different, there was a lot of competition for the coveted Dublin Craft Beer Cup. There were 469 Entries, from 24 Countries vying to win this competition. However the overall winner was Denmark’s Coisbo who wowed the judges once again with a superb Russian Imperial Stout, this time aged in Sherry Cask. Simply called Eleven. That’s two wins in a row, I’m really excited to see what they bring next year. This beer will hopefully make its way to Ireland in the near future. To be distributed by the Rye River Brewing Company.
As with so many things, Ireland, yet again punches above it’s weight with more established Craft Brewing Nations. Below is a list of the Irish medal winners, so no more excuses, get out there and try this ever increasing number of Award Winning Irish Brews.
Gold Medal Winners
– Carlow Brewing – Whiskey Barrel Aged Leann Follain (Stout)
– Manor Brewing Company – MONT Distinction Lager
Silver Medal Winners
– 5 Lamps Brewing Company – 5 Lamps Lager
– Kinnegar Brewing – Black Bucket (Black Rye IPA)
– Kinnegar Brewing – Yannaroddy (Porter)
– Rascals Brewing – Chocolate Ginger Porter
– Rascals Brewing – Wit Woe (Wit Beer)
– Blacks of Kinsale – High Viz (Double IPA)
– Metalman Brewing – Heatsink (Smoked Porter with a hint of cayenne)
– Hilden Brewing – Hilden Irish Stout
Bronze Medal Winners
– 12 Acres Brewing Company – 12 Acres Pale Ale
– Wicklow Wolf Brewery – Black Perle Porter
– Kinnegar Brewing – Devil’s Backbone
– Eight Degrees Brewing – Hurricane IPA
– James Brown Brews – Chocolate Orange Stout
– Dungarvan Brewing Company – Mine Head IPA
– Dungarvan Brewing Company – Mahon Falls Rye Ale
– 5 Lamps Brewing Company – Phoenix Dark (Dunkel Beer)
– O’Hara’s Brewing – Leann Follain
– Blacks of Kinsale – Rocket Ship IPA
– Kelly’s Mountain Brew – Revenge (Porter)
– Black Donkey Brewing – Sheep Stealer (Irish Farmhouse Ale)
– The Porterhouse Brewing Company – Porterhouse Red
– The Porterhouse Brewing Company – Wrasslers XXXX
There were also winners in the cider category, none topped McCashin’s Rochdale Three Berry Cider in the Supreme Cider awards.
Dan Kellys won two Silvers for both their perennial offering Dan Kelly’s Cider, and their special edition Fiona’s Fancy. Then some Bronze medals for Carlow Brewings Falling Apple, MacIvor’s scored a brace for MacIvor’s Medium and Traditional Dry. Lastly DJ’s Juice & Cider won a medal with their Tempted? Dry Cider.
All cracking beers and ciders, well done to all the winners! Be sure to keep an eye out for these tasty beverages in your local off licences, pubs, and restaurants.
From IPAs, to Stouts, to everything in between. Wayne is a passionate advocate for Craft Beer and Cider in Ireland. He regularly features in online publications and podcasts, as well as writing with his wife on www.irishbeersnob.com. Wayne’s aim is to kick down the doors of convention surrounding Craft Beer and Cider by writing in a no nonsense style. Drawing on his experiences of many different beers he is going to bring you on a journey that you’ll be asking yourself, why didn’t I join this revolution sooner?