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Follow the Hops to California

Kathryn Murray Hops On Tour

Kathryn Murray shared this great “Hops on Tour” image on her Facebook page. Somebody is taking our mission of following the hops pretty seriously. Surfing and beer — just like Donegal with a slightly different climate! Take a look at Rincon Brewery here.

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24 hours to win 2 tickets to this weekend’s Irish Craft Beer Festival

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Yes, if you’re a real beer anorak afficionado*, of course you already have tickets for your annual visit to the Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS. However, if you’re a novice beer lover or even an ordinary mortal, or just weren’t so quick out of the blocks, you might still like to make the pilgrimmage? Just enter our 24-hour competition to compete for two of these cherished keys to the kingdom of craft beer. You can choose the day that suits you best — Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

It’s even easier than those competitions on the back of your cornflakes box. Just sign up for our forthcoming newsletter by emailing using the subject line “I want to Follow the Hops”. Do this by 8pm on Tuesday 25 August and your name will be in the hat. Good luck!

* Beer afficionados welcome to participate too!

Change to brewery tour schedule as festivals take over

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With all resources channeled towards the Big Grill and the Irish Craft Beer & Cider Festival, a couple of breaks in our regular tour regime are inevitable. We will have no tours on Saturday 15 August or Saturday 29 August. Our popular Wednesday tours continue uninterrupted!

Remember to book tours several days in advance to avoid disappointment. It’s a very small brewery and we have limited spaces available. You can reserve your spot on 074 915 8874 or 086 830 1392.

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Taproom opening hours for April and Bank Holiday weekends


With the dust settling on a frantically busy Easter period, we’re rubbing our eyes and trying to readjust our focus to the future. Some deity in the sky was definitely smiling on Ireland for the holiday period! The magnolia blossoms smiling on Kemal’s new pizza oven are wondering just what has hit them now that normal weather services have resumed.

Having limbered up for the season, the Taproom will be open for the coming period as follows:

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April,  5–9pm
Saturday 25 April, 5–9pm, followed by our Taproom Concert with Pearse McGloughlin and John Muldowney

May Bank Holiday weekend:
Friday 1 May, 5–9pm
Saturday / Sunday / Monday 1–9pm

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Finding a Kinnegar in Kinnegarland


With many local products, finding them “locally” can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Fish in Donegal, for instance…

While Kinnegar’s reach nationwide has grown steadily over the last 18 months, in our local territory of north east Donegal the heavy lifting has been done by a relatively small number of outlets. In the off-license world, Whoriskey’s in Ramelton and The Counter in Letterkenny have been true Kinnegar heroes and remain the best local source for our full range of beers, specials included. Happily they’re now receiving strong support from a few more key outlets. You’ll find our regular range in Kellys Centra on the Mountain Top and Kernan’s Eurospars in Moorefield and Newtowncunningham.

Our reach across pubs and restaurants locally has also grown. Our Kinnegar heroes here in Rathmullan are the White Harte, Beachcomber, Belles Kitchen and Rathmullan House, while Aengus in the Olde Glen Bar is the daddy of all craft publicans in this part of the world and is responsible for more Kinnegar conversions than any other man standing. Nearby in Carrigart, Chris in Logues is following in Aengus’s footsteps while Ryan in the Carrigart Hotel is now championing the cause. And in Dunfanaghy, we’re very happy to see the Dunfanaghy Golf Club add us to their shelf, joining The Mill, Arnolds and Cafe Arnou in that part of the world.

Close to home in Ramelton, the Bridge Bar continues to please its clientele with Kinnegar while down the town, another American Rick in Shaughnessys and Joe in Conways are now proudly stocking our beers. Michael in the Travellers Inn in Milford is a longtime supporter as is Aaron in Nora’s, Kilmacrennan. Perennial Letterkenny favourite, McGinleys, stock our bottles and for an impressive draught offering (which includes some Camden and Porterhouse as well as Kinnegar), Voodoo’s new upstairs taproom and winebar, House, is not to be missed. Pats on the Square and the Lemontree, two of our most loyal advocates, are now joined in the beer-with-food cause by the Yellow Pepper, Stateside and the Radisson. On the fringes of our local bright lights, Browns on the Green at Letterkenny Golf Club and the Silver Tassie proudly serve their local beer.

For a comprehensive list of stockists (which we keep as up-to-date as we can), take a scroll down through our stockists page.

And just one word of caution: Don’t be too hard on your local publican or off-license if they’re out of Scraggy Bay. It’s not their fault that we just can’t keep up with demand for Yellowcap!

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