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On Draught in Donegal

Rustbucket courtesy Fred WaltmannWe love our beer in bottles, and we can’t wait to try it in cans, but when push comes to shove there’s just nothing quite like a fresh pint of draught beer.

Our biggest thrill in a while came this week when the legendary John T finally found Scraggy Bay a slot beside longterm resident Limeburner at the Beachcomber in Rathmullan. We tested it last night in a fitting farewell to longtime colleague, Tom.

There are several other new lines in Kinnegar’s home county that we hope you’ll enjoy this bank holiday weekend. In Letterkenny you’ll find Limeburner flying the Donegal flag in the freshly-refurbished Sister Sara’s. Limeburner and Scraggy are on the bar now at Warehouse and you’ll be able to enjoy a pint of draught Limeburner at McGettigan’s Bar in the Clanree Hotel.

Bonners Corner Bar is the first to bring draught Kinnegar to Ballybofey and you can enjoy a pint of Rustbucket in their beer garden with the weather warming up.

Further west in Glenties, Brian in Kennedy’s gastro pub champions local products and is now pouring both Limeburner and Devil’s Backbone. It’s great to see a good red beer from Donegal flowing fresh on draught.

Out in the Rosses, our long-time supporters at the Caisleáin Óir in Annagary have just added a Limeburner line to their bar counter.

Here’s the full list for Donegal. Have a brilliant bank holiday weekend!

Beachcomber Bar, Rathmullan
The Taproom, Rathmullan
Castlegrove Country House, Castleshanaghan, Letterkenny
Logues Bar with Goose & Gander pizzeria, Carrigart
The Olde Glen Bar, Glen
Arnold’s Hotel, Dunfanaghy
Caisleáin Óir, Annagry
Central Hotel, Donegal Town
Nancy’s, Ardara
Highlands Hotel, Glenties
Kennedy’s, Glenties
Bonner’s Corner Bar, Ballybofey
The Yellow Pepper, Letterkenny
Brewery Bar, Letterkenny
Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny
Glencar Inn, Letterkenny
House, Letterkenny
Sister Sara’s, Letterkenny
McGettigans Bar at the Clanree, Letterkenny
Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny
McGrory’s, Culdaff

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Spring Brewing Academy rescheduled for 12 & 13 May

While Kinnegarland was spared the worst of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma, the road conditions elsewhere in the country sadly led to the postponement of this weekend’s brewing academy.

This year’s Spring Brewing Academy has now been rescheduled for Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May. Inevitably the new dates don’t suit everybody who was originally booked so we have a handful of spots open. So, if you’d like to join in on one of the most educational, enjoyable and sociable brewing events of the year, book your spot now!

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Women at (Brewery) Work

Rachel on the Brewhouse

Every so often we see something in the media that stimulates a “Hey, what about us!” reaction here at Kinnegar. Geraldine Carton’s recent article on women in craft brewing in Image magazine is a case in point.

Rachel, Margaret, Libby, Louise and Sandra are all key to the operation here in Donegal. We’re extremely proud of the gender mix — we probably just need to shout a bit louder about the Kinnegar chicks!

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Indie Beer Week : We had a blast!

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We had a blast during Indie Beer Week Ireland.

Thanks to everybody who joined us for our Big Day Out at the Brewery and on our Seafarer’s Tour of Kinnegarland.

We’re all part of a seismic shift in the balance of the beer world. No longer the exclusive remit of big, anonymous corporations, brewing is now a craft that exists at local level and enriches small communities.

We’re thrilled to have raised €1600 for Pieta House to help support suicide awareness and prevention.

Lovely to welcome our Inishowen neighbours, Boghopper Brewery from Muff, who joined us for the day and also served their beer in aid of this excellent charity. Generous contributions also came from Irish Premium Oysters who donated the freshest of fresh Donegal oysters to accompany the local beer and our homemade soft drinks.

Fed on the sublime grilled cheese sandwiches from Scarpello & Co and entertained by DJ artists Turn It On, the afternoon at K2 had a leisurely and relaxed ambience. A phenomenal preview performance from one of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival highlights, Basork, brought the curtain down on the day.

Thanks to the Local Enterprise Office who supported the nationwide initiative not only financially but also with great spirit and enthusiasm. Not the least of their contribution was John Soffe, the photographer who documented the Big Day Out so well.

Our Seafarer’s Tour had to make do with an amateur-driven dying smart phone but the Great Arch graciously makes any photographer look respectable. We were blessed with decent weather and great company from the eclectic mix of voyagers and our trusty captain and mate, Niall and Angela. What a beautiful place Kinnegarland is.

We’re already looking forward to Indie Beer Week Ireland 2018.

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Big Day Out at the Brewery : Nuts and Bolts

K2 Map BIndie Beer Week kicks off tomorrow across the country and the countdown continues to our Big Day Out at the Brewery. Here are some nuts and bolts:

You’ll find K2 in the Ballyraine Industrial Estate. It looks quite different to the idyllic setting of K1 that you see on our Facebook masthead at the moment. That just makes the surprise all the better when you go inside!

There’s parking at the brewery. Please park considerately to allow everyone to squeeze in.

The event kicks off at 2pm and runs until a punctual finish at 8pm. It’s a drop-in event — you don’t need to be there from start to finish so fit it into your day as suits you best.

Brewery tours will run every half hour or so and you can put your name on the list for the tour of your choice when you arrive. Children will be treated to Rick’s special Kid’s Brewery Tour — not to be missed. We’ll probably run this twice during the afternoon.

As well as beer, we’ll be serving homemade soft drinks including some highly experimental shrubs.

Food will be available thoughout the afternoon — Scarpello & Co’s grilled cheese sandwiches as well as fresh oysters.

We’ll be unveiling our brand new Kinnegarland poster and our traditional metal beer signs in our Kinnegar corner shop. We’ll also have the usual T-shirts, hoodies, glasses and gift packs.

Tours and demos will finish up by 5.30pm, in time for Basork’s live performance shortly after 6pm.

All beer will be served in return for a donation to Pieta House.

And remember, the event is booked out so please don’t travel, if you’re not already on the list.


Indie Beer Week : Music menu takes shape for Big Day Out at the Brewery

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***This event is now booked out***

Just as the drinks menu nears completion for our Big Day Out at the Brewery next Saturday, the musical menu has now taken proper shape.

Turn It On play music everywhere it’s needed — including K2! They’ll entertain us from around 3–5pm. A community of music lovers, Turn It On run vinyl nights and DJ events, festivals and parties.

Shortly after 6pm we’ll be treated to a special preview performance from one of the artists performing at this year’s Earagail Arts Festival. The 10-piece Basork fusion group will fill K2 with Balkan-Irish sounds in what promises to be a lively curtain-closer to the big day.

Indie Beer Week Ireland kicks off on Friday next, 23 June and runs until Sunday 2 July. Throughout the country, 27 independent Irish breweries will invite their local communities to visit them for special events to discover where and how real beer is made.

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A Seafarer’s Guide to Kinnegarland: Brewery Boat Trip, Wednesday 28 June

Boat Trip Through Kinnegarland

Ever seen the Kinnegar from the sea? Or wondered where Scraggy Bay is? Any ideas on Limeburner, Otway or the Devil’s Backbone?

As part of Indie Beer Week Ireland, we’re going on a brewery boat trip of Kinnegarland on Rathmullan’s favourite charter boat, the Swilly Explorer. We’ll cruise up the Swilly to see as many of Kinnegarland’s landmarks as we can find, tasting a little of each beer as we go.

The tour departs the pontoon in Rathmullan at 5pm on Wednesday 28 June. Places are very limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. The boat trip costs €20 and is of course weather permitting.

To book ring us on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392. You may book for a maximum of two people.