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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

Ts for Christmas

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!


Cellaring & Packaging position opens at Kinnegar

 

We like holding on to our great staff at Kinnegar for as long as possible but we’re thrilled for our colleague Sandra—who has been with us since the outset—as she moves on to new and exciting pastures in her chosen career, graphic design.

She leaves a position open in the area of Cellaring & Packaging. If you’re interested in a career at the brewery you can see full details on our Careers page. With expansion planned for early 2017, the job is set to grow into a challenging full-time position.


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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How did we end up here?

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Anita Guidera and Don McMahan of Soft Irish Rain Productions asked the question as part of their 10-part documentary series for Highland Radio.

> You can listen to the answer here.

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