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Black Turns to Gold

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We are exceptionally proud that Black Bucket, our Black Rye IPA, has won a Gold Medal at the 2018 Brussels Beer Challenge.

We’re particularly delighted to fly the Irish flag amongst so many international giants.

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6th Kinnegar Brewing Academy takes place this weekend

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This Saturday and Sunday (3 & 4 November) we’ll be joined for the sixth time by a group of enthusiasts for our much-loved Brewing Academy. Flying Saucer, Bucket & Spade, Bucket Brigade, Finally and most recently Skinny Legs are the fruits to date of one of our most enduringly popular events.

Our ‘Brewers at Play’ can label illustrates our new Specials. Who can guess what will be written on the brewhouse when the special we make at this Autumn Academy hits the shelves?

You can read more about our Brewing Academy here. And for anybody in search of the ultimate Christmas gift for a beer-loving friend or partner, our next Spring Academy will take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March, 2019.

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Indie Beer Week and The Big Day Out at the Brewery, Saturday 23 June

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Indie Beer Week is back! From 22 June to 1 July, Kinnegar and many other independent breweries throughout the country will showcase what’s brewing in your community with a week packed full of events and activities.

Big Day Out at the Brewery

Saturday 23 June, 2–8pm

Join us here at K2 in Letterkenny and enjoy an afternoon of brewery tours, demonstrations and hands-on practical experiences like bottling your own beer or soft drink.

Talk to some brewers. We’ll be joined again this year by our Inishowen neighbours, Boghopper and will also be welcoming our Sligo colleagues from the White Hag brewery in Ballymote. They’re rare visitors to Donegal so come and enjoy their beers!

Like last year, our friends from Scarpello & Co will be here on the day serving their grilled cheese sandwich masterpieces. Richard from The Counter will introduce you to his greatest love — the art of brewing coffee. We’ll have a few other Donegal producers and talent in the line-up so watch this space!

All beer will be served in exchange for donations to MS Donegal. At last year’s Big Day Out at the Brewery we raised €1,600 for Pieta House and we’ll be trying to out-do ourselves with your help.

We’ll have more details soon but for now, put the date in your diary and look forward to a Big Day Out at your local Brewery!

Admission is free but booking is essential on 074 910 3890, or by email to info@kinnegarbrewing.ie.

A big thank you to our Local Enterprise Office for their continued support and commitment to Indie Beer Week.

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Kinnegar in a Can

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The ever-increasing tempo of the canning bandwagon that has criss-crossed the Irish brewing landscape has been a sight to behold. Today we’re taking our first steps on the trail pioneered by our pals at Metalman Brewing when they became the first craft brewery in Ireland to commission a canning line. What started in 2014 in Waterford has now made it to Donegal.

And to answer the question we’ve fielded most frequently for the past few months: What beer is going into the infamous cans?

We’ll be selling what to date have been our “specials” in cans in the domestic market. Our regular range will stay in our familiar 500ml bottles. All of our beers will be canned for the export market.

At least this is the plan. Who knows where the future will take us. For now we’re just looking forward to emptying a few of these blessed cans this weekend after the monumental effort of getting the beer into them!

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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

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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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