Local brewers will take part in craft beer week
Ireland's network of Independent Craft Breweries will host its annual Indie Beer Week from Wednesday to Sunday, May 22 to 26.
Larkin's Brewing (Kilcoole), Wicklow Brewery (Red Cross) and Wicklow Wolf (Bray) will be celebrating their own beer brands.
The centrepiece of this year's celebration will be the launch of the symbol to distinguish genuinely independent craft beers from mass-produced global beer brands available in the hugely competitive marketplace today.
The Independent Craft Brewers, which is made up of over 30 microbreweries, will host a week-long series of nationwide celebrations including the finest independent breweries of County Wicklow.
Chairperson of the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI), Peter Mosley, said: 'This year, we are introducing to people in Wicklow a striking symbol which will help consumers recognise a genuine independent artisan beer from a mass-produced, high volume, fake craft beers produced by global giants. The Independent Irish Craft Beer symbol will guarantee that a beer is made in a genuinely independent microbrewery in Ireland. As our organisation has been growing in such large numbers, with now 33 independent craft brewers as members, we are unveiling the symbol to the public to promote independent and genuine microbrewers. We are proud of our members' successes and their very loyal following across Ireland.'
Larkin's Brewing, Wicklow Brewery and Wicklow Wolf will involve their local pubs, restaurants or off-licences for tastings, live music and local food to highlight their dynamic range of truly unique and genuine beers. Some breweries will open to the public and welcome their community for tours and tastings.
This year is the third annual Indie Beer Week Festival which has grown dramatically in support from the network of Independent Craft Breweries across Ireland and the public seeking new genuine beers.