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Indie Beer Week and The Big Day Out at the Brewery, Saturday 23 June

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Indie Beer Week is back! From 22 June to 1 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 23 June, 2–8pm

Join us here at K2 in Letterkenny and enjoy an afternoon of brewery tours, demonstrations and hands-on practical experiences like bottling your own beer or soft drink.

Talk to some brewers. We’ll be joined again this year by our Inishowen neighbours, Boghopper and will also be welcoming our Sligo colleagues from the White Hag brewery in Ballymote. They’re rare visitors to Donegal so come and enjoy their beers!

Like last year, our friends from Scarpello & Co will be here on the day serving their grilled cheese sandwich masterpieces. Richard from The Counter will introduce you to his greatest love — the art of brewing coffee. We’ll have a few other Donegal producers and talent in the line-up so watch this space!

All beer will be served in exchange for donations to MS Donegal. At last year’s Big Day Out at the Brewery we raised €1,600 for Pieta House and we’ll be trying to out-do ourselves with your help.

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

Admission is free but booking is essential on 074 910 3890, or by email to info@kinnegarbrewing.ie.

A big thank you to our Local Enterprise Office for their continued support and commitment to Indie Beer Week.

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Kinnegar in a Can

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The ever-increasing tempo of the canning bandwagon that has criss-crossed the Irish brewing landscape has been a sight to behold. Today we’re taking our first steps on the trail pioneered by our pals at Metalman Brewing when they became the first craft brewery in Ireland to commission a canning line. What started in 2014 in Waterford has now made it to Donegal.

And to answer the question we’ve fielded most frequently for the past few months: What beer is going into the infamous cans?

We’ll be selling what to date have been our “specials” in cans in the domestic market. Our regular range will stay in our familiar 500ml bottles. All of our beers will be canned for the export market.

At least this is the plan. Who knows where the future will take us. For now we’re just looking forward to emptying a few of these blessed cans this weekend after the monumental effort of getting the beer into them!

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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 : We had a blast!

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We had a blast during Indie Beer Week Ireland.

Thanks to everybody who joined us for our Big Day Out at the Brewery and on our Seafarer’s Tour of Kinnegarland.

We’re all part of a seismic shift in the balance of the beer world. No longer the exclusive remit of big, anonymous corporations, brewing is now a craft that exists at local level and enriches small communities.

We’re thrilled to have raised €1600 for Pieta House to help support suicide awareness and prevention.

Lovely to welcome our Inishowen neighbours, Boghopper Brewery from Muff, who joined us for the day and also served their beer in aid of this excellent charity. Generous contributions also came from Irish Premium Oysters who donated the freshest of fresh Donegal oysters to accompany the local beer and our homemade soft drinks.

Fed on the sublime grilled cheese sandwiches from Scarpello & Co and entertained by DJ artists Turn It On, the afternoon at K2 had a leisurely and relaxed ambience. A phenomenal preview performance from one of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival highlights, Basork, brought the curtain down on the day.

Thanks to the Local Enterprise Office who supported the nationwide initiative not only financially but also with great spirit and enthusiasm. Not the least of their contribution was John Soffe, the photographer who documented the Big Day Out so well.

Our Seafarer’s Tour had to make do with an amateur-driven dying smart phone but the Great Arch graciously makes any photographer look respectable. We were blessed with decent weather and great company from the eclectic mix of voyagers and our trusty captain and mate, Niall and Angela. What a beautiful place Kinnegarland is.

We’re already looking forward to Indie Beer Week Ireland 2018.

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Big Day Out at the Brewery : Nuts and Bolts

K2 Map BIndie Beer Week kicks off tomorrow across the country and the countdown continues to our Big Day Out at the Brewery. Here are some nuts and bolts:

You’ll find K2 in the Ballyraine Industrial Estate. It looks quite different to the idyllic setting of K1 that you see on our Facebook masthead at the moment. That just makes the surprise all the better when you go inside!

There’s parking at the brewery. Please park considerately to allow everyone to squeeze in.

The event kicks off at 2pm and runs until a punctual finish at 8pm. It’s a drop-in event — you don’t need to be there from start to finish so fit it into your day as suits you best.

Brewery tours will run every half hour or so and you can put your name on the list for the tour of your choice when you arrive. Children will be treated to Rick’s special Kid’s Brewery Tour — not to be missed. We’ll probably run this twice during the afternoon.

As well as beer, we’ll be serving homemade soft drinks including some highly experimental shrubs.

Food will be available thoughout the afternoon — Scarpello & Co’s grilled cheese sandwiches as well as fresh oysters.

We’ll be unveiling our brand new Kinnegarland poster and our traditional metal beer signs in our Kinnegar corner shop. We’ll also have the usual T-shirts, hoodies, glasses and gift packs.

Tours and demos will finish up by 5.30pm, in time for Basork’s live performance shortly after 6pm.

All beer will be served in return for a donation to Pieta House.

And remember, the event is booked out so please don’t travel, if you’re not already on the list.