While thousands may have flocked to Portlaoise over the weekend of the World Fleadh, Annascaul threw their own fling at the inaugural Annascaul Beer Festival.
Bottled beer from all over the globe drenched thirsty throats throughout Saturday as local bands and musicians threw all their weight behind the worthy cause.
The festival was organised as one of a number of fund-raising drives to finance the new sports complex in Annascaul. The state-ofthe- art facility is near completion and will provide much-appreciated facilities in the area. The beer festival helped raise thousands for the project. But it also gave locals and visitors a chance to taste beers from Brazil to the Australian Bush.
Bottled beer sold for €4 a pop and anyone who registered for €5 was entered into a draw.
The South Pole specialised in Brazilian and Mexican beer for the night; John Brosnan’s did it Polish-style; Herlihy’s offered a taste of the Czech Republic; the Central Bar went Dutch and The Randy Leprechaun had bottled beer from the Bush.
Music kicked off at around 3pm and local band The Handy Pack headlined on the stage outside The South Pole.
Box player Eoin Knightly — who said he never got a chance to sample any of the worldly beer on offer — described the festival as a great success and is already in training for next year’s event. Music was also provided by Na Cailíní and George and Friends also took to the stage to entertain the crowds.
All the signs are good that Annascaul is on to a good thing and that the event was more than a once off; the festival has already been advertised as the “annual” beer festival.