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Rule of Three : Kinnegar and the Canal

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.

Read John Rega’s article about the Rule of Three collaboration here.

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Dates for Kinnegar Brewing Academy, Spring 2017

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To all those of you who have been trying to get your Christmas presents sorted in good time, our most humble apologies. We do admit that it’s tough buying your beer-loving loved one a brewing course when the dates for it aren’t even set. Now they are!

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April 2017

You’ll find full details about the Academy here. And this is what some of our hard-working participants have had to say about their experience of past Academies:

Thanks again for a wonderful weekend, the course exceeded all my expectations and it truly nice to know that everyone in your brewery seems to be warm, humorous, humble and passionate in their craft which makes me happy knowing my hard earned cash is going to a good place and not just some evil bastards who want to make a stack of cash.
AG, Spring 2016 (Bucket & Spade)

It was absolutely fantastic! It was such an eyeopener to the science and hard graft that goes into brewing at such a big scale. Rick, you did well to keep talking the whole 2 days. Your throat must be killing today… But everything you said was insightful!
JC, Autumn 2015 (Flying Saucer)

Have to say I really enjoyed the whole weekend and was sorry I had to take off before the first sparge. I was looking forward to cleaning out the mash, honestly.
DL, Autumn 2015 (Flying Saucer)

The combination of theory and practice was not only hugely informative, but thoroughly enjoyable and if anyone thought that brewing craft beer was easy, they only had to be with Kevin and you on the Sunday to see the time and effort it takes to create a masterpiece.
JK, Autumn 2016 (Bucket Brigade)

I enjoyed the weekend immensely. What with Rathmullan’s splendid accommodation and food; the guys’ great company and your own lucid tutoring I am so glad I made the trip.
EW, Autumn 2015 (Flying Saucer)

And of course the prescient email we received from Ben Tyler in December 2015:

Hi Rick,
How did the beer taste today, are we on to a gold medal?
Kind regards,
Ben

One Dublin Beer Cup gold medal and a Beoir “Champion Beer of Ireland” award later, the true value of a place on the Brewing Academy becomes clear!


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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‘Untitled’ Kettle Sour IV ready for Belfast Craft Beer Fest

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What? No proper name! That’s right, the fourth in our Kettle Sour Series is being subjected to the usual agonising journey through the tortured terrain of Rick’s brain in the hunt for a name. Making the beer must be a piece of cake by comparison…

We’re loading in for the new Belfast Craft Beer Fest this Wednesday evening but the ultimate deadline for the name is David’s departure from Donegal on Thursday morning. By then he needs a tapbadge in his pocket. And until then, Rick refuses to break a sweat.

You’ve already experienced Geuzberry, Brownknowe and High Glen. This new member of the kettle sour family takes its cue from the white wine making regions of southern Germany, engaging the lovely Hallertau Blanc hop in a recipe for Spring.

Join us on the Lagan this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a brand new festival experience. We’ll publish our full beer listing shortly. And yes, the words White and Black do figure prominently on the menu.

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Belfast beats the craft beer drum

April has a distinctly busy feel to it, despite the absence of its usual tenant, Easter. Amongst a lengthening list of activities, two trips to Belfast feature prominently on the Kinnegar calendar. We’re not the only ones focussed on the Lagan — The Guardian has already been doing some legwork scouting for craft beer (> read here):

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Tomorrow, Saturday 9 April, Rick will be at BrewBot for a Kinnegar Tap Takeover featuring an eclectic-sounding beer and food pairing menu. Tickets for the main menu are long sold out but don’t let that stop you going along to enjoy the full range of beers.

And on 21/22/23 April, we’ll be setting out our stall for the inaugural Belfast Craft Beer Festival at Custom House Square. There we’ll join an impressive line-up of friends and colleagues from Ireland’s fertile brewing landscape.

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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

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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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