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On Draught in Donegal

Rustbucket courtesy Fred WaltmannWe love our beer in bottles, and we can’t wait to try it in cans, but when push comes to shove there’s just nothing quite like a fresh pint of draught beer.

Our biggest thrill in a while came this week when the legendary John T finally found Scraggy Bay a slot beside longterm resident Limeburner at the Beachcomber in Rathmullan. We tested it last night in a fitting farewell to longtime colleague, Tom.

There are several other new lines in Kinnegar’s home county that we hope you’ll enjoy this bank holiday weekend. In Letterkenny you’ll find Limeburner flying the Donegal flag in the freshly-refurbished Sister Sara’s. Limeburner and Scraggy are on the bar now at Warehouse and you’ll be able to enjoy a pint of draught Limeburner at McGettigan’s Bar in the Clanree Hotel.

Bonners Corner Bar is the first to bring draught Kinnegar to Ballybofey and you can enjoy a pint of Rustbucket in their beer garden with the weather warming up.

Further west in Glenties, Brian in Kennedy’s gastro pub champions local products and is now pouring both Limeburner and Devil’s Backbone. It’s great to see a good red beer from Donegal flowing fresh on draught.

Out in the Rosses, our long-time supporters at the Caisleáin Óir in Annagary have just added a Limeburner line to their bar counter.

Here’s the full list for Donegal. Have a brilliant bank holiday weekend!

Beachcomber Bar, Rathmullan
The Taproom, Rathmullan
Castlegrove Country House, Castleshanaghan, Letterkenny
Logues Bar with Goose & Gander pizzeria, Carrigart
The Olde Glen Bar, Glen
Arnold’s Hotel, Dunfanaghy
Caisleáin Óir, Annagry
Central Hotel, Donegal Town
Nancy’s, Ardara
Highlands Hotel, Glenties
Kennedy’s, Glenties
Bonner’s Corner Bar, Ballybofey
The Yellow Pepper, Letterkenny
Brewery Bar, Letterkenny
Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny
Glencar Inn, Letterkenny
House, Letterkenny
Sister Sara’s, Letterkenny
McGettigans Bar at the Clanree, Letterkenny
Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny
McGrory’s, Culdaff

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Spring Brewing Academy rescheduled for 12 & 13 May

While Kinnegarland was spared the worst of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma, the road conditions elsewhere in the country sadly led to the postponement of this weekend’s brewing academy.

This year’s Spring Brewing Academy has now been rescheduled for Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May. Inevitably the new dates don’t suit everybody who was originally booked so we have a handful of spots open. So, if you’d like to join in on one of the most educational, enjoyable and sociable brewing events of the year, book your spot now!

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Women at (Brewery) Work

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Every so often we see something in the media that stimulates a “Hey, what about us!” reaction here at Kinnegar. Geraldine Carton’s recent article on women in craft brewing in Image magazine is a case in point.

Rachel, Margaret, Libby, Louise and Sandra are all key to the operation here in Donegal. We’re extremely proud of the gender mix — we probably just need to shout a bit louder about the Kinnegar chicks!

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Indie Beer Week and The Big Day Out at the Brewery, Saturday 24 June

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All around Ireland, independent breweries have brought the craft of brewing back into local communities. To celebrate, Ireland’s independent breweries are inviting you to join them for Indie Beer Week!

From 23 June to 2 July, Kinnegar and many other independent breweries throughout the country will showcase what’s brewing in your community with a week packed full of events and activities.

Big Day Out at the Brewery

Saturday 24 June, 2–8pm

***This event is now booked out***

Come out and join us at K2, our brand new facility in Ballyraine, Letterkenny. You can enjoy brewery tours, demonstrations and hands-on practical experiences like bottling your own beer or soft drink.

Learn to ferment! At Kinnegar we use fermentation for making beer but it’s also a useful way of making some soft drinks. We’ll introduce you to our friends, the yeast, show you how it all works, and mix some interesting natural drinks.

DJ Mark Willis will entertain us with music and we have a live act in the pipeline too.

Our friends from Scarpello & Co are also pretty friendly with the yeast and they work together to make wonderful sourdough bread. Kemal will be there on the day serving his latest masterpieces, grilled cheese sandwiches.

All going well we’ll have fresh Donegal oysters and a side order of fresh Donegal live musical talent. All beer will be served in exchange for donations to local charities.

We’ll have more details soon but for now, put the date in your diary and look forward to a Big Day Out at the Brewery!

Admission is free but booking is essential on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392, or by email to info@kinnegarbrewing.ie.

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Christmas gift ideas from the coolest place on the planet

For any of you who haven’t already crossed every last name off your Christmas shopping list, here are some suggestions from Donegal — the place Kinnegar has helped make the coolest place on the planet for 2017. > Read unrefutable proof here!

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NO.1 | €18

Kinnegar Glassware

Glasses for Christmas

Your dearly beloved Kinnegar fan has probably spent yet another 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. Glasses only! Brewery dogs are now collector’s items – Katie & Bruiser’s final litter was born in 2016. 

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 NO.2 | €30

The Kinnegar Hoodiehoodies-2016

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 XS to XL.

Pouch: Red / Navy  XS/S/M/L/XL
Zipped: Charcoal Grey / Deep Red / Vintage Green S/M/L/XL

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NO.3 | €15

The Kinnegar T — Now available in Crossroads Green

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The beer is thin on the ground at the best of times and photos of our new Crossroads shirts are even rarer. But the green Ts really do exist!

The Classic (Super-Kinnegarman) S M L XL 2XL
Limeburner Blue / Devil’s Backbone Red / Rustbucket Orange / Scraggy Bay Yellow / Yannaroddy Purple / Otway Blue / Crossroads Green / 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.4 | €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. And remember, we’re moving to K2 in February or March so, even if you’ve done the tour before, there’ll be LOTS of new stuff to catch up on in 2017.

> Read more about Kinnegar brewery tours

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NO.5 | €140

The Kinnegar Brewing Academy

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Our first Kinnegar Brewing Academy was a howling success and threw up Flying Saucer, Beoir’s 2016 Champion Beer of Ireland and 2016 Dublin Beer Cup gold medal winner. The fruits of our third academy, Bucket Brigade, can be savoured right now in pubs and off-licences around the country. Delight your beer-mad beloved with a voucher for our next 2-day theory-and-practice blitz on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April 2017.

> Read more about the Kinnegar Brewing Academy

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Don’t delay!

Order your Kinnegar Christmas gifts quickly 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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Identifying family cultures — the science strain

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Scientific research will probably never determine exactly how nature and nurture combine to make us what we are. With Rachel it looks distinctly as if both play a pretty important role. She normally uses our spiffy modern microscope for her yeast counts but today she decided to pull out her first microscope — the one she was given as a 21st birthday present quite a few moons ago. It was given to her by her father, Garrett, who obviously still remembers exactly how to use it. Garrett was in turn given it by his father, Fonso. Fonso bought it used at some stage during his very long life — a life marked by endless curiosity about science and technology.

And like most vintage pieces of technology, Fonso’s microscope (with the aid of a light source from Rachel’s smart phone) still works like a charm. They just don’t make them like they used to.

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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!