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Galway Hooker

about_squareGalway Hooker was established in 2006 by two first cousins, Aidan Murphy and Ronan Brennan. Aidan has over ten years experience in the brewing industry and has worked in several breweries around the world. He also holds a master’s degree in Brewing and Distilling. Ronan knows everything there is to know about craft beer and takes care of all our customers.

They consider beer to be like any other food: the fresher and less processed the better. Their beers are therefore devoid of any preservatives and are brewed using only malt, hops yeast and water. Aidan and Ronan are passionate about producing exciting and innovative beers that are bursting with flavour and character. Galway Hooker was the first permanent pale ale to be produced in Ireland and is widely regarded as a leading light in the Irish craft beer sector. It has now firmly established itself as a favourite amongst beer enthusiasts.

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Eight Degrees Brewing

brewersEight Degrees beers are handcrafted in the beautiful Ballyhoura region of north Cork, by Scott Baigent and Cam Wallace, a Kiwi and an Aussie. Their mission is to make modern interpretations of traditional Irish ale and lager styles, providing distinctive malt and hop characteristics for what they call ‘naturally adventurous’ beers.  The results are a range of full flavoured, tasty ales made from natural ingredients.

Not only have their beers have received rave reviews in the New York Times, Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Sunday Times, The Corkman, Food and Wine and Dubliner Magazines, but they recently took home a bronze medal at The World Beer Cup for their Amber-Ella.

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Wood Key Brewing


Brian Murphy and Simon Browne work in McHugh’s Off-licence on the Kilbarrack Road. McHugh’s were one of the very first shops to champion real beer, initially from abroad, and then Ireland when craft brewing took off. Brian and Simon took their expertise and opened Wood Key Brewing, determined to take your palate on a pilgrimage of flavour.

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It’s Called Rye Ale

We are thrilled to announce that N17 Brewing has released their Rye Ale in bottles and they are now available at Redmond’s Off License in Ranelagh and The Pig’s Tale in Gorey, with more locations to be announced soon.  You may have already tasted this delicious brew on draught at your local or at the 2nd Annual Alltech International Craft Brews & Food Fair, now you can enjoy it from the bottle and admire it’s gorgeous label! (photos coming soon :-))

This is our first beer.  It’s called Rye Ale, it’s 5% vol and it’s been made in Ireland by our own hands, so we can guarantee that only good stuff has gone into it, like 4 types of malted grain and 3 types of hops.  We can also guarantee that it’s got no bad stuff in it either, like preservatives or additives. With all the great stuff that’s gone into this beer, it’d be a shame if we only got one great thing out of it.  Fortunately, we take the by-products of the brewing process and use them to make other useful things, like dog treats and oyster mushrooms. That’s because we’re a brewery that likes to squeeze every last drop out of the brewing process. We hope you enjoy every last drop of this ale. Sláinte, from N17.



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Black Donkey Brewing

BlackDonkey_sqIn the west of Ireland, deep in the heart of rural Roscommon, in the quiet farming village of Ballinlough, a brewery grows. The brainchild of husband and wife Richard Siberry and Michaela Dillon, Black Donkey Brewing was unleashed, receiving great reviews, onto the beer drinking public for the first time at the 2014 European Beer Bloggers Conference in Dublin.

A traditionally cautious animal, this Donkey is not one to shy away from adventure and innovation, while still maintaining a very healthy respect for tradition. We aim to use whatever it takes, turbid mashes, spontaneous fermentation, wood ageing, smoked malts, etc. to bring our consumers the best, and most diverse, beers we can make. Full-scale production began in July 2014, bringing Irish, European, American and historical brewing influences together under one roof, and onto the rapidly growing and increasingly exciting Irish craft-brewing scene.

View Black Donkey’s beer on draught here.

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Blacks of Kinsale

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Sam and Maudeline, are a husband and wife team, who started their brewing company Kinsale Craft brewery in 2013. This venture/obsession first began many years ago when Maudeline gave Sam a beer making kit for Valentines Day. What started as a hobby quickly developed into an obsession and thus through Sam’s passion and enthusiasm Kinsale Craft brewery became reality. Living the dream since 2013.

“We want to escape the mundane of the mass market by producing beers with passion and personality.”

View Blacks of Kinsale beers here. 

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Trouble Brewing

TroubleBrewingPSBWTrouble Brewing was founded when three friends, Thomas Prior, Stephen Clinch and Paul O Connor had visited one too many pubs that had no variety in the beers available, and decided that something needed to be done about it. So over a few of Thomas’s home-brewed bottles they set about starting a brewery that would go some way to addressing the issue.

Figuring that beer should be presented in a humorous and fun way, they chose to name the brewery Trouble Brewing. Now they make dangerously flavourful beers full of character inside and out.

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