Farmhouse beers from Donegal

On the road

Time to dream of a road trip: Your Guide to Craft Breweries & Beer on the Wild Atlantic Way


One of the great things about the blossoming craft beer landscape is the spirit of cooperation amongst the breweries. We’ve managed to completely confound that pervasive Irish inclination to “go it alone” by producing a new Guide to Craft Breweries & Beer on the Wild Atlantic Way.

No fewer than 17 breweries have collaborated to create the guide and it’s a wonderful source of information (and inspiration!) for anybody interested in combining their love of good beer with the magnificent landscape, culture and people of the Wild Atlantic Way. Now’s the time to start plotting your journey from Kinnegar in Donegal to Blacks in Kinsale!

The guide is available in tourist offices and from many good hostelries and tourism providers. Or download the pdf here: Guide to Craft Breweries & Beer on the Wild Atlantic Way

Follow the Hops

Kinnegar in the Carribbean

How about this for a team of Kinnegar supporters? It’s good to see our T-shirts thriving in the Carribbean even though it might be a while before our beer makes it that far!

We’d love to see your photos of Kinnegar in far-flung or unusual places. Send them in to us and we’ll add to the gallery.



Follow the Hops

Festival preparations in full swing

Craft beer and whiskey festivals are fast becoming favourites on the annual calendar and Kinnegar is gearing up for two big events in the next four weeks. We’ll be loading the Follow the Hops van and heading for Dublin on Friday 27 February and then exactly two weeks later on Friday 13 March. You can check out the festival websites to see what’s in store:

Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair
Friday 27 February – Sunday 1 March
National Convention Centre, Dublin

Irish Beer & Whiskey Festival
Friday 13 – Tuesday 17 March
RDS, Dublin

We have a couple of new Specials in the tanks that will soon be appearing before a special sitting of the brewery tasting panel. If they pass muster they’ll debut on our festival stands, served alongside our familiar favorites in what’s bound to be a widely diverse offering from the growing numbers of Irish breweries. Not to be missed!

Scraggy Bay and Rustbucket voted Fan Favourites at the Irish Craft Beer Festival

We’re still in the early stages of recovery after four days at this year’s Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS in Dublin, very tired but also delighted with the public response to our beers. With the number of good breweries now making great beers in Ireland, we are very honoured by the public’s selection of our Scraggy Bay and Rustbucket as their favourite beers in their respective categories.

We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us, all those who stopped by the RDS to talk with us and try our beers, and everyone who has supported us over the past year.

RDSFollow the Hops

Devil’s Backbone on an August evening

There are worse jobs than delivering beer to remote hamlets in the Donegal countryside. The second-last stop today was with Aengus at the delightful Glen Bar in Glen, near Carrigart. A smashing view of the Devil’s Backbone was an extra bonus on way home.

Devil's Backbone from Glen


In good company

Grand Cru Van

All set for pizza & beer at the Cellar Bar

Last night was a busy one as we prepared for the debut of Kinnegar’s new taproom at the Cellar Bar in Rathmullan House. We’re ready for action. From 4pm on Holy Thursday we’re delighted to serve our beers alongside the Slow Food Company’s outstanding stone-oven baked sourdough pizzas. Beer and pizza — life doesn’t really get much better.

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