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Laws hitting small brewers

Irish microbrewers are being hindered by licensing laws that effectively prevent small brewers from selling their products to tourists, according to the co-founders of the Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company.

Under legislation dating back to British rule, brewers can't sell beer in quantities less than about 20 litres under a manufacturer's licence.

The high cost - up to tens of thousands of euro - of getting licences that would allow them to sell more practical quantities means that at the end of a tour the brewers are forced to tell visitors that their products are available in pubs, not on-site.

"It would be a big help for small producers like us if we could actually sell our product ourselves," Wicklow Wolf co-founder Quincey Fennelly said.


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