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Brewery Tour, Thursday 29 December

With apologies to all those of you who have been patiently waiting for this information, we’ve finally settled on Thursday 29 December at 4pm for our New Year brewery tour.

See our Visits page for further information about our tours. Please book in good time!

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K2 Series Part I — The Big Move

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I heard you guys are …

This is a phrase we’ve heard a lot lately, often with a real surprise at what follows.

A very loyal local fan of our beers recently told us how distraught he was because, as he put it, “I heard you guys sold the company.” He was even adamant that he knew who the supposed buyer was.

Another one we heard recently was from a local journalist who rang us up and said, “there was a fellow in here today from Ramelton who heard you’re building a brewing museum in Letterkenny.” The things these fellows come up with.

OK, here it is from the horse’s mouth. No, we haven’t, nor are we interested in selling the company. And no, we are not building a brewery museum. We’re too focused on making beer in the present to be thinking about its past.

This brings us then to what we are doing. We’re moving, or perhaps more accurately, we’re opening a brand new state-of-the-art brewery in nearby Letterkenny. (Our man in Ramelton’s brewing museum?)

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The refurbishment works on the new premises are almost complete and our new brewhouse and tanks are in the production pipeline at the manufacturers. Fingers crossed, the different parts of the puzzle will come together in February 2017 when test brewing will commence.

While we are very disappointed to be moving the business out of Rathmullan (more to follow on this in Part II of the K2 series), we are thrilled to be making the move to Letterkenny. Besides enabling us to address the ongoing issue of supply shortages, the new facility will ease the pressure on a team that has put its heart and soul into keeping the production running for the past two years. That means no more 4am starts and midnight finishes.

Even though the clinking of bottles coming off our line will no longer mingle with the bleating of sheep in the surrounding fields, the farmhouse ethos at the core of what we do will remain the same (more to follow on this in Part III of the K2 series).

Our roots are deeply embedded in the hilly fields and farms of northeast Donegal — the perfect environment for the way we make beer. We don’t filter or pasteurise, and we let our industrious little friends, the yeast, carbonate our beer naturally during fermentation.

At K2, as we’re calling it here, Kinnegar will continue to pair brewing tradition with a contemporary sense of adventure to produce clean, crisp, full-flavoured beers.

So, now you can say with full confidence and authority, “I heard you guys are …”

P.S. Our K2 sketch is part of a piece called “Kinnegarland” being created by our old pal Dermot Flynn. It’s on course to be completed before K2…

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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!

Proud to be Independent Irish Craft Beer

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Today we’re proud to make a small but immensely significant update to our admittedly antiquated website. Those of you lucky enough to be viewing it on a desktop may rotate your eyes slightly to the right and note the Independent Irish Craft Beer symbol at the side of this page.

At a time when our big beer brethern have disgraced themselves, we intend to beat the drum with renewed vigour to herald the presence of the quality beers that we brew and bottle in our independently-owned brewery in Ireland.

On the 3 October 2016, the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI) launched the official symbol for independently brewed Irish craft beer. This symbol differentiates real Irish craft beer from the less authentic pretenders. It reassures consumers that what’s in their glass is an Irish beer made from start to finish at an independently-owned Irish microbrewery.

Over the coming months we’ll be proudly displaying the symbol on our packaging, promotional material and in every other meaningful context.

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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.