Farmhouse beers from Donegal


Bucket & Spade for the Bank Holiday Weekend in Donegal


We named this beer without looking at the long range weather forecast but for once the stars have aligned. Bucket & Spade debuts this weekend in Donegal with the prospect of trips to the beach looking exceptionally promising.

Made with the help of participants on our second Kinnegar Brewing Academy, Bucket & Spade is an easy-going session rye IPA. It joins its rye brethern on the “Bucket” branch of the Kinnegar family tree. At 4%ABV it’s certainly one for the beach and, just in case the weather should break, it doubles beautifully as a beer for the Euros.

You’ll find it in our Taproom at Rathmullan House and a few other outlets in Donegal for the long weekend. It ventures out into the rest of the world next week.

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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

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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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SOAK heads stellar cast for Taproom Christmas Concert

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Last year’s inaugural Taproom Christmas Concert was a memorable event with Donegal artists Sarah E Cullen, Jonathan Smeaton and Calamity Gin & the Sourtones getting a great reception from a packed house.

This year we’re proud to announce that we’ve lured our headline act from just a few miles further away: Mercury Award nominated SOAK from Derry takes to the stage, thanks to Earagail Arts Festival and Attica Audio.

SOAK is supported by London-based singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Hannah Peel, as well as the incomparable Sarah E Cullen.

The concert is on Saturday 19 December and begins at 8pm, with pizzas and beer served from 5pm. Tickets cost just €8 and are available here. Don’t delay!

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Taproom opening hours, June Bank Holiday weekend

By all accounts you’ll need to wear your coat, if you choose to sit outside on the Taproom’s patio this bank holiday weekend. Conditions won’t deter Kemal, Keelin, Wojtec and the rest of the Scarpello & Co army who keep the dual fires of the pizza oven burning merrily regardless of the climate. Beer and pizzas taste good, whatever the weather. The Taproom is open as follows:

Friday 29 + Saturday 30 : 5–9pm
Sunday 31 + Monday 1 : 1–9pm

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This weekend: Brewery tours and Taproom opening hours

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Our neighbours across the border are a week ahead of us in the Bank Holiday stakes so the brewery and Taproom are gearing up for two busy weekends in a row.

We have brewery tours on Saturdays 23 and 30 May at 4pm. Pre-booking is essential on 086 830 1392 or 074 915 8874. As always, we’ll add an extra tour, if the demand is there.

The Taproom enters new territory this weekend, opening for drinks alone from 1pm, with the pizza oven warming up for a 5pm kick-off. From existing Rathmullan House bookings we already know that Saturday is going to be a very busy evening. Sunday and Monday look like being a little less hectic so plan accordingly, if time is of the essence.

Saturday 23 | Drinks only from 1pm; pizzas 5–9pm
Sunday 24 | Drinks only from 1pm; pizzas 5–9pm
Monday 25 | Pizzas and beer 1–9pm

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May Bank Holiday in the brewery and Taproom

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The weather might not quite match the month, but it’s still a bank holiday weekend! Enjoy the beginning of May with pizzas and beer in the Taproom. Opening hours: 5–9pm, Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

We have brewery tours on Sunday 2 May, if you feel like reinforcing your drinking habit with some real knowledge and quite a bit of enjoyment. Our noon tour is practically booked out but we’ll run another tour at 4pm, if the demand is there. Booking essential on 086 830 1392.

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Taproom opening hours for April and Bank Holiday weekends


With the dust settling on a frantically busy Easter period, we’re rubbing our eyes and trying to readjust our focus to the future. Some deity in the sky was definitely smiling on Ireland for the holiday period! The magnolia blossoms smiling on Kemal’s new pizza oven are wondering just what has hit them now that normal weather services have resumed.

Having limbered up for the season, the Taproom will be open for the coming period as follows:

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April,  5–9pm
Saturday 25 April, 5–9pm, followed by our Taproom Concert with Pearse McGloughlin and John Muldowney

May Bank Holiday weekend:
Friday 1 May, 5–9pm
Saturday / Sunday / Monday 1–9pm

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Taproom Concert with Pearse McGloughlin and John Muldowney, Saturday 25 April


We’re delighted to announce our next Taproom Concert in association with Earagail Arts Festival and Bluestack Records.

Pearse McGloughlin is an artist and songwriter from Sligo, Ireland. He has released three albums to critical acclaim: Busy Whisper (2009), In Movement (2012) and Idiot Songs (2013) in collaboration with composer Justin Grounds. Pearse’s work often deals in literary and philosophical themes; Idiot Songs drew largely from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot while In Movement reworks John Keats and Carson McCullers. His music has been described as captivating, elegant and nuanced and has featured in The Irish Times, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE 2FM, Lyric FM, Radio1 as well as at festivals such as Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and Other Voices.

“…soft-focused, mellow tunes delivered with quietly assured authority…”
— Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

Pearse will be supported by one of this area’s musical favourites, John Muldowney, whose guest appearance with Jonathan Smeaton was one of the highlights of our famous Taproom Christmas Concert in December.

The concert starts at 9pm and tickets cost €5 through the events page of our website.

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*Updated* Taproom opening hours over Easter

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Once we have Good Friday under our belts tomorrow, it’s all systems go for Easter in the Taproom. Opening hours as follows:

Easter Saturday / Sunday / Monday
1pm – 9pm

Tuesday 7 / Wednesday 8 / Thursday 9 / Friday 10 / Saturday 11 April
5pm – 9pm

And remember, we have brewery tours on Easter Monday and on Saturday 11 April. Booking essential on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392.

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Job opportunity: How about taking the reins at one of Ireland’s Top 100 restaurants?

The Taproom at Rathmullan House, a much-loved destination serving our Kinnegar beers and Scarpello & Co’s wood-fired pizzas, is looking for a Manager. If you think you have what it takes to build on what we have already achieved in our first 12 months, we’d love to hear from you.

The Taproom was recently named by McKenna’s Guides as one of Ireland’s Top 100 restaurants. Not bad for our virgin year! We’re looking for a highly skilled and motivated manager to ensure that Taproom customers continue to enjoy an exceptional eating and drinking experience.

You can find out further details here: Taproom Manager 2015

Alternatively, if working in the Taproom as a bartender or wait staff is of interest to you, we’d be happy to receive your application.

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