Working in a small Irish brewery, you’d be forgiven for thinking that St Patrick’s Day is a national holiday across the water. Our great Irish diaspora has ensured that StP will be celebrated in the best of watering holes the length and breadth of Britain. And in line with the times, the shamrock will be drowned with quality beers from independently-owned Irish breweries in modern, trend-setting bars and off-licences that bear little if any resemblance to the Guinness-sodden Oirish pubs of the old days.
As a Donegal brewery, we’re particularly proud to see Kinnegar being poured in Scotland. For far too long we’ve been exporting our people to that bit of land across the water — it makes a refreshing change to be exporting our beer instead. You’ll find us in BrewDog bars in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Stirling, as well as part of the Ireland Craft Beers showcase at Six Degrees North in Edinburgh.
On top of our well-heralded guest appearance across the full range of BrewDog bars, Kinnegar will be pouring alongside other fine Irish breweries at several more venues in London, Huddersfield and Crewe.
Here’s exactly where you can find a pint to celebrate our national holiday:
Tate Modern, St Patricks Day Festival, London
The Rake, Borough Market, London
The King & Co, Clapham Park Road, London
Beer Asylum, London
Earl of Essex, London
Mason & Co, London
Bank of Friendship, London
The Sportsman, Huddersfield
Beer Dock, Crewe
Chapter Festival, Wales
Six Degrees North, Edinburgh
Aberdeen BrewDog Yannaroddy
Castlegate BrewDog Otway / Crossroads
Merchant City DogHouse Scraggy Bay / Black Bucket
Glasgow BrewDog Otway / Crossroads
Leeds BrewDog Black Bucket
ShuffleDog Leeds Black Bucket
York BrewDog Yannaroddy
Camden BrewDog Crossroads / White Rabbit
Clerkenwell BrewDog Scraggy Bay / Rustbucket
Shoreditch BrewDog Flying Saucer
Homerton BrewDog Yannaroddy
Shepherds Bush BrewDog Yannaroddy / Black Bucket
Soho BrewDog Crossroads / Flying Saucer
Clapham BrewDog Black Bucket / Flying Saucer
Birmingham BrewDog Yannaroddy
Brighton BrewDog Rustbucket / Flying Saucer
Bristol BrewDog Rustbucket
Cardiff BrewDog Crossroads / Bucket & Spade
Dundee Brewdog Scraggy Bay / Bucket & Spade
Edinburgh BrewDog Crossroads
Leicester Brewdog Scraggy Bay
Liverpool BrewDog Rustbucket
Manchester BrewDog Flying Saucer
Newcastle BrewDog White Rabbit / Bucket & Spade
Norwich BrewDog Rustbucket / Flying Saucer
Nottingham BrewDog Black Bucket
Sheffield Brewdog Rustbucket
Southampton BrewDog Bucket & Spade / Flying Saucer
Stirling Brewdog Crossroads
*Check individual BrewDog bar websites to confirm beers being poured!
Kinnegar Brewing Academy & Rathmullan House combine the theory and practice of brewing with country house hospitality
Not many breweries rub shoulders with 4-star country house hotels but Kinnegar is lucky enough to do just that. Those of you who have already visited Kinnegarland know that our taproom resides in the cellar of Rathmullan House, a much-loved seaside retreat on the shores of Lough Swilly. Now you have the opportunity to spend a weekend at the hotel while you learn the theory and practice of brewing.
Day 1 – Brewing Theory (at Rathmullan House)
We cover the cornerstones of brewing, from raw materials through brewhouse operations, fermentation, conditioning and packaging.
Day 2 – Practical Brewing (at Kinnegar Brewing)
As a group we will formulate a recipe for and brew a Kinnegar Special. So, put your wellies on and grab a shovel, it’s time to dig out that lauter tun!
This will be a hands-on experience so we can accommodate a maximum of 12 pupils on the course. For more information and reservations, visit the Rathmullan House website. If you entered our Festival competition to win a spot on this wonderful weekend, we’ll be announcing the winner this week!
For a man so deeply immersed in his own local community in Donegal, Jason Black’s panoramic world view, combined with a belief that anything is possible if you try hard enough, is anything but parochial. As an ardent advocate of his local brewery, Jason has many times wished Kinnegar well. Today we’d like to wish you well, Jason. The very, very best of luck as you undertake K2. We’ll be following your blog and wishing you Godspeed every step of the way. There’s a Scraggy Bay on ice for you when you get home in September.
One of the great things about the blossoming craft beer landscape is the spirit of cooperation amongst the breweries. We’ve managed to completely confound that pervasive Irish inclination to “go it alone” by producing a new Guide to Craft Breweries & Beer on the Wild Atlantic Way.
No fewer than 17 breweries have collaborated to create the guide and it’s a wonderful source of information (and inspiration!) for anybody interested in combining their love of good beer with the magnificent landscape, culture and people of the Wild Atlantic Way. Now’s the time to start plotting your journey from Kinnegar in Donegal to Blacks in Kinsale!
The guide is available in tourist offices and from many good hostelries and tourism providers. Or download the pdf here: Guide to Craft Breweries & Beer on the Wild Atlantic Way