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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
On 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
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
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!
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
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