Working in a small Irish brewery, you’d be forgiven for thinking that St Patrick’s Day is a national holiday across the water. Our great Irish diaspora has ensured that StP will be celebrated in the best of watering holes the length and breadth of Britain. And in line with the times, the shamrock will be drowned with quality beers from independently-owned Irish breweries in modern, trend-setting bars and off-licences that bear little if any resemblance to the Guinness-sodden Oirish pubs of the old days.
As a Donegal brewery, we’re particularly proud to see Kinnegar being poured in Scotland. For far too long we’ve been exporting our people to that bit of land across the water — it makes a refreshing change to be exporting our beer instead. You’ll find us in BrewDog bars in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Stirling, as well as part of the Ireland Craft Beers showcase at Six Degrees North in Edinburgh.
On top of our well-heralded guest appearance across the full range of BrewDog bars, Kinnegar will be pouring alongside other fine Irish breweries at several more venues in London, Huddersfield and Crewe.
Here’s exactly where you can find a pint to celebrate our national holiday:
Tate Modern, St Patricks Day Festival, London
The Rake, Borough Market, London
The King & Co, Clapham Park Road, London
Beer Asylum, London
Earl of Essex, London
Mason & Co, London
Bank of Friendship, London
The Sportsman, Huddersfield
Beer Dock, Crewe
Chapter Festival, Wales
Six Degrees North, Edinburgh
Aberdeen BrewDog Yannaroddy
Castlegate BrewDog Otway / Crossroads
Merchant City DogHouse Scraggy Bay / Black Bucket
Glasgow BrewDog Otway / Crossroads
Leeds BrewDog Black Bucket
ShuffleDog Leeds Black Bucket
York BrewDog Yannaroddy
Camden BrewDog Crossroads / White Rabbit
Clerkenwell BrewDog Scraggy Bay / Rustbucket
Shoreditch BrewDog Flying Saucer
Homerton BrewDog Yannaroddy
Shepherds Bush BrewDog Yannaroddy / Black Bucket
Soho BrewDog Crossroads / Flying Saucer
Clapham BrewDog Black Bucket / Flying Saucer
Birmingham BrewDog Yannaroddy
Brighton BrewDog Rustbucket / Flying Saucer
Bristol BrewDog Rustbucket
Cardiff BrewDog Crossroads / Bucket & Spade
Dundee Brewdog Scraggy Bay / Bucket & Spade
Edinburgh BrewDog Crossroads
Leicester Brewdog Scraggy Bay
Liverpool BrewDog Rustbucket
Manchester BrewDog Flying Saucer
Newcastle BrewDog White Rabbit / Bucket & Spade
Norwich BrewDog Rustbucket / Flying Saucer
Nottingham BrewDog Black Bucket
Sheffield Brewdog Rustbucket
Southampton BrewDog Bucket & Spade / Flying Saucer
Stirling Brewdog Crossroads
*Check individual BrewDog bar websites to confirm beers being poured!
Time at last to finish the unpacking after the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair and Dublin Craft Beer Cup. Here’s the third party evidence that we’re making some nice beers here on the periphery of Europe!
GOLD Yannaroddy, Big Bunny
BRONZE Rustbucket, Black Bucket
Very well done to everybody here at Kinnegar: Rick, Libby, Rachel, David, Kevin, Tom, Louise, Daniel, Thomas, Margaret and Eoin. Brilliant team effort.
Brewers talk of “brew length” and the most frequently named unit of measurement is a hectolitre (that’s 100L, for those of us who don’t hail from continental Europe).
So in technical lingo, Minniegar was a 0.5HL brewery, our current set-up is 10HL and K2 will be 35HL. But we prefer to use a more familiar unit of measurement to give a layman’s impression of the scale. Here’s Zack on the current site in early April 2013 when the walls had just gone up.
Zack’s a Jack Russell, not a Doberman. We’ll photograph him in K2 as soon as we get him in there…
(Read more about building K1 here.)
We recently changed our distribution partner for the west of Ireland. And while we hope the transition will go as smoothly as possible, we can’t rule out the odd bump or two in the supply chain.
But don’t despair! Should you find yourself unable to get your favourite Kinnegar in your favourite pub, restaurant or off-license, be sure to let the staff know that they can either contact us here at the brewery or else call Paul Russell of Grand Cru Beers on 086 185 2944. Between us, we’ll get the beer flowing to them again.
And a big thanks, as ever, for your continued support.
As the clock ticks rapidly in the direction of K2, it’s hard not to think back to what was going on when K1 was coming to life. We’re going to root out some photos of the development phase over the next few days but this photo provides the answer to the first question.
Four years ago, in January 2013, we were still working in the pilot brewery. Rick brewed. Libby packaged. Very straightforward. Here’s a rare photo of Rick at work in what our future American intern, Maxmarie, would immortally dub “Minniegar”. Photography in the steam-filled room was always a bit of a challenge.
We brewed 50L batches and production, by the time we moved out of Minniegar, was 150L per week. That translated into an average of 120L of packaged product, or 240 bottles of beer a week.
Limeburner, Devil’s Backbone, Scraggy Bay and Rustbucket were all born in Minniegar.
It’s finally time to pour Rule of Three, the beer we brewed in late November in collaboration with our pals at Siphon Brewing. The event, Smaakdown17, takes place at Siphon Brewing’s home, the renowned Siphon restaurant on the banks of the canal 10km from Bruges.
So what does “Siphon” mean? A quick look at the criss-crossing landscape of canals and country roads outside the brewery door provides a clue. An equally quick bit of research confirms our host Breandán Kearney’s explanation. “When water has to be carried across a road which is at the same level as or below the canal bottom, an inverted siphon is used instead of a culvert. The siphon effect.”
And in the canals? According to the Michelin Guide “People come to this restaurant from around the Flemish countryside to enjoy the house speciality, eel, as well as their grilled dishes.”
So saltwater, sweet water, hares and eels combine this Friday evening for Smaakdown17 near the picturesque village of Damme in Belgium. On Saturday you’ll find it at the Bruges Beer Festival. We can’t wait.
Amongst our most loyal of fans, Paul Ennis will without doubt spend today and much of this week with his eyes and his heart acutely tuned in to Leopardstown and Kempton Park as he watches some of the best national hunt racing of the year.
I have had a love of horse racing since my teens, taken from my dad. But, I am a small punter. Each time my dad brought me racing he would say ‘half a crown is a bet son, a pound is gambling’. My late mother-in-law, of whom I was so fond, always asked me when I arrived in Letterkenny, ‘how are the horses running’. I once replied, ‘well, since I bought one of those wide screen television sets, they are running much better – more space for them to catch up on the screen’. I can still hear her laughing.
Paul was given this superb caricature as a present:
I was given a present (for my 70th) of the attached caricature and of course, it had to include Kinnegar – in memory of my late mother-in-law, who spent happy times in Rathmullen. And, because it is a terrific brew.
Belated happy birthday, Paul. Happy Christmas, and all the very best for a wonderful New Year. Thanks for your support and best of luck with the gee-gees this week!