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Thursday 17 April 2014

Irish craft beer festival returns to RDS

THE country’s biggest craft beer festival returns to the RDS from September 5 to 8.

The event showcases Irish craft brewing, cider making and whiskey distilling coupled with live music and food stalls.

Despite the recession, half of the existing 37 breweries/cider markers have been established since 2009.

In the craft beer sector alone, industry sales rose by 42.5pc last year and are expected to increase by a further 35pc this year.

Co-founder of the Craft Beer Festival, Seamus O’Hara said: “The Irish craft beer industry is booming at the moment,” he said.

“Year-on-year growth is at an all-time high and the interest from the public in our craft and trade is making this sector a great one to be involved in at the moment.

“The complexities of flavours and the intricacy of the brewing process make it possible to create the myriad of different products – all unique and interesting in their own right.”

Names like O’Hara’s (Carlow Brewing Company), Kinsale Craft Brewery and Cork Bru Brewery will all showcase their wares at the fair next month., Kinsale Craft Brewery and Cork Bru Brewery will all showcase their wares at the fair next month.

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