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Indie Beer Week : We had a blast!


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.

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.

Brewery Tour, Thursday 29 December

With apologies to all those of you who have been patiently waiting for this information, we’ve finally settled on Thursday 29 December at 4pm for our New Year brewery tour.

See our Visits page for further information about our tours. Please book in good time!

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Hectic summer tour and festival schedule for Kinnegar

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Midsummer’s day. But only the beginning of summer for everybody here at Kinnegar. On top of a non-stop brewing schedule and our usual weekly labours, the next 12 weeks are crammed full of brewery tours and festivals.

Regular Wednesday and Saturday brewery tours kick off on Wednesday 6 July and we’ll be on tour for five festivals over the course of the summer (see details here).

All hands to the pump…

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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!


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.


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.

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 or by telephone on +353 74 915 8874 or +353 86 830 1392.

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Brewery tour for the Hallowe’en break, Wednesday 28 October

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With school breaks come visitors to Rathmullan! We’ll be offering a tour on Wednesday 28 October at 5.30pm to satisfy the curiosity of any beer-loving visitors who haven’t yet been to the brewery.

Advance booking is essential. Ring us on 086 830 1392 or 074 915 8874 to reserve your spot.

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Change to brewery tour schedule as festivals take over

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With all resources channeled towards the Big Grill and the Irish Craft Beer & Cider Festival, a couple of breaks in our regular tour regime are inevitable. We will have no tours on Saturday 15 August or Saturday 29 August. Our popular Wednesday tours continue uninterrupted!

Remember to book tours several days in advance to avoid disappointment. It’s a very small brewery and we have limited spaces available. You can reserve your spot on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392.

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Brewery tours return to regular summer schedule from Saturday 27 June

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It’s still unseasonably chilly as we approach midsummer’s day but there’s no denying that the summer season has begun. The telephone now rings with predictable regularity as visitors to Kinnegar-land enquire about the possibility of joining a brewery tour. So the good news is that from Saturday 27 June we’re back on our regular summer schedule with tours on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. Additional tours on these days will be scheduled subject to demand. See our Visits page for full details.

Please remember that you must book in advance on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392. Try to do it a couple of days ahead of schedule — we can’t guarantee a spot if you leave it until the day! Tours will run provided we have a minimum of four participants.

Tours cost €10 and include a glass of beer in the Taproom at nearby Rathmullan House afterwards. After you’ve learned all about how beer is made you’ll also have a chance to stock up on Kinnegar glassware, T-shirts and giftpacks.

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Change to time of brewery tour, Saturday 30 May

For any of you considering booking in for our bank holiday brewery tour this Saturday, please note that the time has been changed to 1pm. Pre-booking is essential on 086 830 1392 or 074 915 8874.

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