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!
How many places in Ireland can claim they’ve staged a Hillfolk Noir concert? Very few! Teenchy-weenchy little Rathmullan had the honour of hosting this wonderfully eclectic trio from the States during SeaFest 2012. The concert was memorable; the session in the White Harte afterwards was mythical.
Kinnegar is thrilled to rekindle Rathmullan’s unique association with a band whose music has been described by legendary BBC presenter “Whispering” Bob Harris as “amazing”. Together with Earagail Arts Festival we’re bringing Hilfolk Noir back to the shores of Lough Swilly where they will play in the tent at the Taproom on Wednesday 15 July.
Visit Hillfolk Noir’s website to hear them playing what has been described as music “filtered through a country-tinged, swampy-swingin’, hillbilly-delta-blues-ragtime word machine”. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise.
Tickets cost €10 and the gig starts at 8pm.
The weather might not quite match the month, but it’s still a bank holiday weekend! Enjoy the beginning of May with pizzas and beer in the Taproom. Opening hours: 5–9pm, Friday/Saturday/Sunday.
We have brewery tours on Sunday 2 May, if you feel like reinforcing your drinking habit with some real knowledge and quite a bit of enjoyment. Our noon tour is practically booked out but we’ll run another tour at 4pm, if the demand is there. Booking essential on 086 830 1392.
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