Farmhouse beers from Donegal

Beer Tourism

Brewery tour on Saturday 30 April

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The main feature at Kinnegar this May bank holiday weekend is of course our second Kinnegar Brewing Academy, running on Saturday and Sunday. While the serious brewing students are hard at it in the classroom on Saturday afternoon, we’ll run a less challenging but equally enjoyable brewery tour at 3pm.

Remember that you must pre-book for the tour on 086 830 1392 or 074 915 8874.

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Good luck FDNY!

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Primed on a healthy Donegal diet of Limeburner and Yannaroddy, the Gaelic and Soccer teams of the New York Fire Department are ready to do battle with their local opponents today. We’re rooting for New York on this one — they did after all rescue Libby from the 17th floor of a Fifth Avenue office block in Manhattan back in 1990!

Thanks for coming to visit, boys. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Ireland.

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A Hip Hop beer diversion

Francis Madeira’s charming Hip Hops card game arrived here in Donegal in January and promptly fell between the communications cracks. It’s high time we mentioned that Black Bucket was voted one of Ireland’s two representative beers for the first deck “Brews of the World”, an eclectic mix of well-known and lesser-known liquid masterpieces.

Even if you never play the game, watch the instructional video on the Hip Hops website— it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Hit the photo to open the link:

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You can buy the Hip Hops cards through the website and we’ll also be selling our small inventory through the Taproom over the coming weeks.

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Brewery Tours for St Patrick’s Day and Easter season

Rathmullan and Donegal will be full of life over the St Patrick’s Day and Easter holiday period. We’ll be offering tours of the brewery on the following dates to keep visitors busy:

Saturday 19 March, 3pm
Wednesday 23 March, 5pm

Pre-booking is essential on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392. Find further information on brewery tours here.

And remember, the Taproom is open 1–9pm on St Patrick’s Day and then daily, 5–9pm, until Thursday 31 March.


Bumper weekend with celebrations on 3 fronts

We’re generally a bit shy about banging the drum but we really do want to celebrate the achievements of this past weekend. Not least because we want to acknowledge the contribution our colleagues, friends, customers and partners have made to each of these successes!

Dublin Beer Cup | Flying Saucer

Flying Saucer Gold

On Friday at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair in Dublin’s Convention Centre we were thrilled to accept the gold medal awarded to Flying Saucer, our Special Export Stout, in the Dublin Craft Beer Cup. This latest medal now hangs proudly beside the silvers and bronzes won by Black Bucket, Rustbucket, Devil’s Backbone and Yannaroddy in 2014 and 2015. And it’s not just the team here at Kinnegar who are gloating — Flying Saucer is the beer made during our first ever Kinnegar Brewing Academy last November, so we have a small army of brewing assistants whose names will forever be associated with the achievement.*

Beoir’s 2016 Beer of the Year Awards | Rustbucket

RB Overview.jpgOn a weekend of pleasant surprises, Sunday morning brought two more reasons to smile. Beoir is an independent group of consumers with the primary goal of supporting and raising awareness of Ireland’s native independent microbreweries. Beoir’s annual awards seek to identify the drinkers’ favourites amongst the beers brewed in Ireland. We are honoured to see Rustbucket standing tall in the First Runner Up spot on this prestigious winner’s podium. Thank you to each and every one of the voters who supported Rustbucket. We are immensely proud.

McKenna Guides Top 100 Restaurants 2016 | The Taproom

Top 100

And to crown a dizzying day, in the Sunday Times John and Sally McKenna again named the Taproom as one of the McKenna Guides Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland. What more could we ask for in the week when we gear up to reopen after a short winter break? We’re very grateful to our partners and pals at Rathmullan House and Scarpello & Co for helping us make the Taproom such a success. Great beer deserves great pizza in a great place!

* Upcoming Academy dates: Sat&Sun 30 April/1 May and 15/16 October

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Five great last-minute Christmas gift ideas for your favourite beer lover

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NO.1 | €140

The Kinnegar Brewing Academy

Academy for Christmas

Our first Kinnegar Brewing Academy was a howling success. Now we’ve planned another. Delight your beer-mad loved one with a voucher for our next 2-day theory-and-practice blitz on Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1st May 2016.

> Read more about the Kinnegar Brewing Academy

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NO.2 | €30

The Kinnegar Hoodie

Hoodies for Christmas

As worn by bona fide Kinnegar brewers! The Kinnegar-lover’s fashion statement non plus ultra. Our hoodies come in two different styles — zipped and pouch — and in several different colours. Sizes from Small to XL.

Pouch: Navy / Red
Zipped: Rust / Dark Green / Vintage Red

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NO.3 | €18

Kinnegar Glassware

Glasses for Christmas

Your dearly beloved Kinnegar fan has probably spent the last 12 months nobly resisting the urge to pilfer a Kinnegar glass from some unsuspecting Kinnegar outlet. You can reward that fortitude with a 6-pack of Kinnegar glasses. We recommend our 300ML stemmed model for use with our bottled beers but our pint glasses are also lovely.

N.B. Neither brewer nor brewery dog currently available. Glasses only!

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NO.4 | €15

The Kinnegar T

Ts for Christmas

No self-respecting Kinnegar fan should be without their Kinnegar T-shirt. Three designs available.

The Classic (Super-Kinnegarman) S M L XL 2XL
Limeburner Blue / Devil’s Backbone Red / Rustbucket Orange / Scraggy Bay Yellow / Yannaroddy Purple / Black

Finger Puppets S M L
Black / Red / Royal Blue

Kinnegar Concert Tour S M L
Black / Royal Blue / Anthracite Grey

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NO.5 | €10

The Kinnegar Brewery Tour Voucher

Brewery Tours for Christmas

Stocking filler, Chriskindle, treat for yourself — give somebody something they can really look forward to. Our brewery tours are informative, entertaining and enlightening.

> Read more about Kinnegar brewery tours

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Don’t delay!

Order your Kinnegar Christmas gifts by Sunday 20 December to ensure delivery before the big day.

  • Post & packaging costs not included in above prices (we keep them to an absolute minimum).
  • Payment by PayPal or bank transfer.
  • Orders by email on info@kinnegarbrewing.ie or by telephone on +353 74 915 8874 or +353 86 830 1392.

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Christmas & New Year brewery tours

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To salve your conscience and balance your seasonal indulgences with some proper eduction (and entertainment), plan a visit to the brewery to discover how Kinnegar beers are made. Tours are planned as followed:

Saturday 19 December, 12 noon
Tuesday 29 December, 1pm
Thursday 31 December, 1pm

We’ll add additional tour times on these days, if needed. Remember that you must book in advance on 086 830 1392. Tours cost €10 and last approximately one and a quarter hours.

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